Colonel Ed Krekorian, M.D.,
F.A.C.S., USA (ret.) “enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at age seventeen and served in the Pacific Theater during
the Second World War. Later, as an Army lieutenant, he commanded a platoon of automatic weapons in the Korean War. Following
an assignment as an intelligence officer in New York City, he left active duty in 1952 to attend medical school.
Graduating with honors in 1957, he returned to the army as
a medical officer. Eventually he was assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and appointed Chief of Otolaryngology/Head
and Neck Surgery. In 1970, after completing parachute training, he went to Vietnam. Initially he served as the chief surgeon
of an infantry division. Promoted to colonel, he commanded a 400-bed evacuation hospital near Saigon. Retiring from the Army
in 1978, he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, retiring as a professor in 1991. Currently
he serves as a member of the medical school admission committee. Doctor Krekorian is internationally recognized for his pioneer
work in skull base surgery and management of trauma of the head and neck.”
Colonel Ed Krekorian is the author
of From Bayonet To Scalpel Book One A Marine's Odyssey and Vietnam: A Surgeon’s Odyssey.
According to the book description of Vietnam: A Surgeon’s
Odyssey, “Colonel J.P. Franklin, MC, U.S. Army, a man of honor, courage and commitment, has already passed
through the crucible of two wars. Beginning as a teenaged Marine private in the Second World War, he goes on to command a
platoon of self-propelled automatic weapons as a lieutenant in the Korean War. His greatest challenge, however, comes in a
third war, the Vietnam War.
World recognized for his expertise
as a head and neck surgeon, he leaves the safe academic environment of Walter Reed Army Medical Centre to become a paratrooper,
then takes his military and surgical skills to Vietnam.
Vietnam, A Surgeon's Odyssey is a detailed and often traumatic perspective of a controversial period in United
States history by a senior Army Medical Corps Officer. It is a period that strains those ideals and loyalties considered sacred
to the young men who matured into warriors during the Second World War and the Korean War.”