Dr. Robert C. Gill, a Norwalk native, received a Silver Star for courageous service in a front line medical unit in World War I. His diary of these experiences will be the basis of a talk at Firelands Historical Society at 7 p.m. March 19 by Matt Burr, president and military curator of Firelands Museum.
The program will be in the society's meeting room at 9 Case Ave., Norwalk. It is free to members and $2 to guests.
Dr. Gill joined Norwalk's CO. G, 37th Division, Ohio National Guard, in 1911, and when the United States entered the war became part of a medical unit organized by Lakeside Hospital of Cleveland. His diary tells of his service of trying to save lives while under attack by a variety of enemy fire. His foot locker, now in Firelands Museum, contains his record of those events.
After his discharge in 1919 Dr. Gill returned to Norwalk and practiced medicine with his father, Dr. William E. Gill, continuing his education in anesthesia and assisting doctors at Norwalk Memorial Hospital, 269 W. Main St., and also obstetricians making home deliveries. After the death of his father in 1940, he continued in solo practice until his death in 1950.