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Lloyd "Mickey" McGuire
Date and Place of Birth: Waukegan, Illinois
Position: Third Base
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Military Unit: Medical Administration Corps, US Army
Area Served: Mediterranean Theater of Operations
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McGuire served as a medical aid man through the North African and Sicilian campaigns and the Italian invasion. He carried litters and treated wounded soldiers under heavy shellfire for which he was awarded the Silver Star.
McGuire rose from the rank of sergeant to
second lieutenant in December 1943, the first medical soldier to be
commissioned in the Medical Administration Corps. “A lot of
soldiers,” remarked McGuire to the
Stars and Stripes at the
time, “have the impression that the first aid man is a goldbrick who
hasn’t the nerve to carry a gun. In my own experience, I’ve found
first aid men in the field as courageous and devoted to duty as any
hero in the thick of the fight.”
Fifty per cent of all medics McGuire served with were casualties themselves and his own squad spent 103 days in the frontlines treating and evacuating the wounded.
McGuire returned home in late 1945. In January
1946, he attended the Cubs’ advanced spring training group for
former servicemen at
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