World War II Sailor-Turned-Surgeon Dies at 84 Two months ago, the U.S. Navy finally honored Wheeler Lipes, a former pharmacist's mate who performed a life-saving emergency appendectomy aboard a submarine in enemy waters during World War II. Lipes died this week at 84. Jennifer Ludden and Navy medical historian Jan Herman remember Lipes' life.
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World War II Sailor-Turned-Surgeon Dies at 84

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World War II Sailor-Turned-Surgeon Dies at 84

World War II Sailor-Turned-Surgeon Dies at 84

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Two months ago, the U.S. Navy finally honored Wheeler Lipes, a former pharmacist's mate who performed a life-saving emergency appendectomy aboard a submarine in enemy waters during World War II. Lipes died this week at 84. Jennifer Ludden and Navy medical historian Jan Herman remember Lipes' life.

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