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Story by Ernie Pyle, the famous correspondent in WWII. In Italy at a Field Hospital, big excitement as a General is visiting his wounded son to award him a Purple Heart. During the ceremony the young Lieutenant (the son) looks uncomfortable. After the General leaves Ernie and the attending Doctor are talking to the LT, as the wound is strange. It comes in at the bottom of his stomach, goes straight up inside his rib cage, but not thru his stomach wall. The Doctor is asking was the German in a foxhole and stabbed up? Finally the LT comes clean, his unit was advancing thru an Apple orchard, with fixed bayonets. He saw a good looking apple on a high branch, put his left hand on the end of the M1, jumped up to grab the apple and came down on his bayonet! John
 

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The bayonet wound was indeed rare based on the numbers of casualties.

A University of Kentucky basketball player was bayoneted -and survived his wound- while serving in the Pacific Theater as a Marine. His name was Truett DeMoisey and I had the honor of knowing him.
 

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I think most of the WWII bayonet wounds (in terms of numbers) were probably inflicted by Japanese during murders following surrenders or captures. Even in WWI, when there tended to be a fair amount of close-quarter things during trench assaults, relatively few people got bayoneted. More in earlier wars of course, where fights often ended with a bayonet charge with MLs. But even there, RELATIVELY uncommon, though hardly unknown.
 

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I did an article on the current USMC bayonet, which is the best bayonet/knife I have ever used. I talked the the Marine Sergeant Major who was in charge of testing, and asked him (at that time) if there were any reports of the bayonet being used in combat. The only story he had heard was a Marine was escorting some Iraqi prisoners back from the front line and they started to get a little froggy, so he poked a couple of them with the bayonet and they settled down. John
 

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VC and NVA bayoneted bodies as a general practice.
Heard tales of that from Korea as well.
Possible doctrine. Good idea.
I worked in a rough neighborhood a while after I got out.
One day a scruffy guy noticed a pin I had on my hat and stated he was a VN Vet, too.
Said his squad got killed and he was shot and bayoneted several times.
I didn't say anything, but I guess he saw the look I had.
He raised his shirt and there were 4 or 5 round bullet scars as well as 4 or 5 triangle scars in his chest from the triangle shaped bayonets AKs and some SKS had.
Turner Kirkland is gone, so no prize for me.
Met him a time or two.
 

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