Paul Gill at EastView (via Zoom for non-residents)

Paul G. Gill, Jr., M.D. is a fifth-generation South Bostonian. He grew up in Stony Brook, New York, and attended the University of Notre Dame and the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He practiced emergency medicine for thirty-five years and was a freelance medical writer for many of those years. His articles appeared in many outdoor magazines, and his books, The Ragged Mountain Press Guide to Wilderness Medicine & First Aid and The Onboard Medical Handbook were published by McGraw-Hill. He retired from medical practice in 2013, and now spends his time building boats and furniture, sailing, and hiking in the United States and Europe with his wife, Mary, a retired school nurse. Paul and Mary have four grown children, two of whom live nearby. 

Paul's father, Paul G. Gill, Sr., a native of South Boston, Massachusetts, was the twenty-two-year-old Third Mate on the Liberty Ship SS Nathanael Greene (one of just nine merchant ships to be recognized as a Gallant Ship of World War II), which sailed to Archangel, Russia, with Convoy PQ 18 in September 1942. He enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corp at age fifteen, joined the Merchant Marine and made eight passages to European ports as a sixteen-year old, rode the rails across the United States in search of work in 1938; returned to the Merchant Marine and ascended “up the hawse pipe” to become a licensed Merchant Marine officer, participated in the biggest convoy battle of World War II, and received an MBA from Harvard in 1951. Paul George Gill, Sr., died on February 23, 2000.

About Armageddon in the Arctic Oceanthe novelist, memoirist, and poet Jay Parini writes, “I’ve read many memoirs and accounts of this era, centered on the Great Depression and moving through the war.  But few of them held my attention as urgently as Paul Gill’s recollection of his young life, what calls with gusto, ‘my “up the hawse pipe” story, ascending from hobo to Merchant Marine and Naval officer at a young age.’  It’s a tale of poverty and defiance, one that offers a wide-angle look at a country trying to find itself in the guise of a young man trying to find himself.  At its white-hot center lies the tale of Gill’s fraught passage in the Arctic Ocean on the so-called Archangel run, when his ship sustained attacks from a dozen Nazi torpedo bombers over three astonishing days.  The writing in this book is vivid, clear, and utterly absorbing.  I recommend this to anyone who wants a good war story that is also, in every way, an American story of considerable freshness.”

This event is in person for residents of EastView only. All others may attend via Zoom. 

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 864 1496 3266

Passcode: 111359

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Event address: 

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