Washington University School of Medicine Oral History Project

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Major Joseph C. Edwards at the end of a wild boar hunt, 1945
French civil authorities arranged a number of wild boar hunts during the winter and spring of 1945 for personnel from the 21st General Hospital. Maj. Joseph C. Edwards, MC, poses triumphantly over the 3 boars he killed during the unit’s first wild boar hunt, January 18, 1945. Maj. Edwards earned the nickname “Killer Joe,” but was banned from future hunts for it was feared he would kill too many boars.