September 8th, 2009

WWII Combat Medic Training

I'm writing a story about a paratrooper division of the army in WWII in about 1943, and one of my characters is a combat medic.  I'm wondering what sort of special training they would have to receive, and if they were selected randomly or had to have some sort of previous experience. Also, could they come from drafted men or would they have to be volunteers?  I did a bit of google research, looking for "combat medic training" and "medics wii" and I didn't end up finding much that makes sense, even after digging around.  My apologies if the answers to my questions are extremely easy to find and I just missed them.

Basically, I'm wondering how combat medics were selected, trained, and assigned to a certain part of the military.  Basically anything related to these questions would be really helpful.

Cooper Union and Marriage, Legal and Religious

Two related questions:

1. What are the current laws about marriage between a godparent and godchild in the catholic church? I found a few sources that say that it used to be unlawful, but is now allowed, some that say it's not technically legal, but dispensations are sometimes granted, and some that say it's unthinkable. I'm hopelessly confused.

2. If a man granted legal custody of a fourteen year old girl (in her parent's will) wished to marry her two years later, when she would be sixteen, what would be the procedure?  I know that those under 18 must receive approval of a superior court judge, or parental consent, but would that  be different in this situation? It's set in present day California.

Searched: Legal guardian AND marriage, Guardianship AND marry, California legal code, California marriage law, catholic marriage AND godparents, catholic marriage AND spiritual affinity, catholic marriage AND impediments, catholic marriage AND relationship, etc.

Totally unrelated;
3. I would actually think this would be easy to find, but no. I'm looking for the admission requirements for Cooper Union (School of the Arts) in the 1930s. I can find a boatload of information on what the requirements are <i>now</i>, but almost nothing on historical requirements. I'd hate to use something totally anachronistic.

Searched: Cooper Union website, Cooper Union AND entry AND historical, Cooper Union AND history, Cooper Union AND admission AND Arts, etc.

I'd be grateful for even some new ideas about what to search. Thank you so much.