For Canby's Jim Loop, a stint in the U.S. Army just as World War II was coming to a close took him down an interesting path of self-discovery — and medicine.

With WWII coming rapidly to a close, Loop was drafted into the U.S. Army in July 1945. Once he'd completed basic training, he went through an additional two U.S. Army training schools — August to December 1945 at the Infantry Replacement Training Center at Fort Hood in Texas, specially qualifying as a rifleman, and technician school to become a laboratory tech.