Lloyd McCarney Oral History
Lloyd McCarney was born in Manannah Township, Meeker County, Minnesota on March 21, 1916. He attended the St. Cloud Teacher’s College and taught at schools in Stearns County, Minnesota for four years prior to the outbreak of World War II. In 1942, McCarney was drafted and served in both North Africa and Italy. He married Helen Kedrowski in 1947 and had five children together. He was employed in the physical and corrective therapy departments at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center for 33 years before his retirement in 1973. He passed away on April 13, 1998 and buried in Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Lloyd McCarney grew up in central Minnesota and was drafted in 1942. Following his training as a medic, McCarney arrived in Oran, Algeria the day after Christmas in 1942 and spent most of the next year stationed at the 12 General Hospital working in physical therapy. He arrived in Naples in December 1943, treating soldiers at hospitals in the area that fought at Anzio and Monte Cassino, eventually arriving in Rome on June 11, 1944. He discussed his time in Italy visiting historic sites such as Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, and famous landmarks in Rome. McCarney chronicled treating German prisoner patients and biking in Rome with some of them as physical therapy treatment. He ended his service in charge of the station physical therapy at Fort Snelling station hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also spoke about how he understood the feelings of Vietnam veterans, as well as those who did not.
Interviewed by David Overy
St. Cloud State University, "Lloyd McCarney Oral History" (1989). World War II Veterans. 13.