I recall a
trip that Corpsman Bob Piper and I took to northern Michigan, Chippewa
county in the fall of 1956 or 57. We were assigned to pick up the body
of a deceased Navy Pilot and bring the Deceased to the Coronerís
office in Detroit.
On the way
back, with the Deceased in the back of the ambulance, we stopped for
lunch at a small place along the roadside. While were inside eating, at
about 10 am, the ambulance was stolen from in front of the little diner.
As we got
ready to call the base Medical Department and tell Chief Triff that our
ambulance had been stolen along with the Deceased, we heard a loud
noise. The ambulance came
skidding to a stop on the gravel just in front of us. Two young Chippewa
males jumped from the ambulance and ran into the woods nearby.
they had taken the ambulance down the road somewhere and started nosing
around inside where they came upon the body of the Deceased and that was
the sudden end to their adventure. They must have been superstitious as
they brought the ambulance back to exactly where they drove it away.
sure fun when we were young and invincible, hey?
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