Thursday, July 21, 2005


Off topic, but us Trekkers/ies cannot be contained.

I read Jimmy Doohan's autobiography last year, I hadn't known about his war service before.

On June 6, 1944, Lieutenant Doohan of the Winnipeg Rifles, 13th Field Regiment, took part in D Company’s landing on Juno beach. The company disembarked from landing craft at 7.30am, and dashed through rifle and machinegun fire to reach the shelter of the sand dunes. Doohan silenced a German machinegun post with a few shots but was wounded later that day. He was hit eight times, four times in his left leg, and one round hit him in the chest — only the cigarette case in his breast pocket saved him from a mortal wound.

Otherwise, his company came off fairly lightly. The middle finger from his right hand had to be amputated, and whenever there were close-up shots of Scotty operating the transporter in Star Trek, a “stunt hand” was employed.

Apparently you can see the missing finger in The Trouble with Tribbles.

Pictured here with my favourite ever, the also late DeForest Kelley.

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