The Day He Left the Base for Good

As his psychiatrist, I should have been able to stop his suicide

Russell Carr
Human Parts
Published in
8 min readFeb 9, 2024

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Photo by Rockfinder on iStock

TW: Suicide, Child Sexual Violence

October 2008, I’d been deployed to a remote base outside Mosul, Iraq for about two months, long enough to settle into a routine. I spent most of my days in a small building just off the base’s air strip. It had been…

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Russell Carr
Human Parts

husband, father, retired U.S. Navy psychiatrist; friend of good fiction and peaty scotch; russellcarrauthor.com