View Full Version : John Pryor, MD, Major

Doc Dutch
12-27-2008, 13:58
Forgive me if I post this remebrance of a fallen comrade . . .

John Pryor was a surgeon who joined the US Army Reserves after 9/11. He looked after all of our troops in OIF as a surgeon, saving our young military men's and women's lives and limbs and gave his all doing what he loved . . . he will be missed dearly by all of us in the trauma and surgical critical care community.

Doc Dutch

Military doctor from New Jersey killed in Iraq
by Sharon Adarlo/The Star-Ledger
A Philadelphia trauma surgeon who lived in South Jersey was killed Christmas
Day in Iraq, where he was serving in an Army reserve medical unit.

Dr. John P. Pryor, a 42-year-old Moorestown resident, was killed Christmas
morning in his sleeping quarters when a mortar round struck his trailer in
Mosul, according to the Department of Defense. His brother, Richard, said Pryor had
gone back to his trailer after a holiday Mass and was probably sleeping. He
was killed instantly.
Pryor was serving his second tour of duty as a major with a forward surgical
team with the Army's 1st Medical Detachment, based in Fort Totten, N.Y., and
had arrived in Iraq just a week ago, his brother said. Pryor had previously
served two years ago at a combat support hospital in Abu Ghraib.
After the 9/11 attacks, Pryor decided to enlist in the Army reserves because
he thought his skills as a trauma surgeon would be valuable, Richard Pryor
"He was a surgeon who just gave 100 percent commitment to his career," the
brother said. "He was always working, trying to be the best surgeon he could. He
helped perfect strangers who required emergency care, victims of trauma. He
was also a compassionate, loving, doting father."
Pryor is survived by his wife, Carmela Calvo Pryor, and three children,
Danielle, 10; Frankie, 8, and 4-year-old John Jr.
The family learned of his death on Christmas night after Army officials
tracked down his wife, who was visiting friends and family in Brooklyn, N.Y., and
his parents, Victoria and Richard Pryor, who were in Saint Lucie, Fla.
After growing up in Clifton, N.Y., Pryor completed medical school and surgery
residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo, according to this
brother. He then did training in trauma surgery and critical care at the
University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
He was the director for the Trauma Center at the University of Pennsylvania,
and the school's Office of Life Support education for the Division of Trauma.

12-27-2008, 14:03
God Bless him!

12-27-2008, 14:19
Rest in Peace

Doc 1/69
12-27-2008, 14:38
May God bless him and give him and his family peace.

12-27-2008, 14:55
RIP DOC,, Vaya con Dios

Blitzzz (RIP)
12-27-2008, 15:25
Thanks for the good things you did,and God Bless your Family. Rest in Peace. Blitzzz

12-27-2008, 15:38
Much thanks to you and your family for the sacrifices made for our country and for rushing to NYC on 9/11.

12-27-2008, 16:08
May God be with your family and give them comfort.

12-27-2008, 17:39
Doc was going to help us with regional training for ER staffs, EMS, and first receivers from HUP upon his return from this tour.

Hell of an individual. Rest in peace SIR.

12-27-2008, 19:45
I read this story this morning...and was humbled.
Thank you indeed. Rest well Sir.


12-27-2008, 20:22
Rest Well Sir and thanks for your service....

12-27-2008, 20:33
Rest in Peace, Sir...thank you for your service and your ultimate sacrifice. My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends.

12-27-2008, 20:47
My wife new him and worked with him at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was very highly regarded both professionally and personally. He will be missed.

12-27-2008, 23:26
I too am humbled by such selfless service. My prayers to the family and friends of this great American Hero.

Goggles Pizano
12-28-2008, 07:16
In pace requiescat Doctor Pryor.
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti, Amen.

Red Flag 1
12-28-2008, 08:12
Rest In Peace Doc!

Thank you for your service, and your sacrifice!

Prayers out.

12-28-2008, 10:17


12-28-2008, 10:25
May you Rest in Peace....

12-28-2008, 15:04
Am humbled at this brave service...may you rest-in-peace Sir.