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Medics in the Vietnam War

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Medics In The Vietnam War In Vietnam, the medic's job was to treat and evacuate. Medevac helicopters now could bring medics on board to continue treating the wounded while transporting them back to the Field Hospitals. There was a 98% survival rate for soldiers who were evacuated within the first hour. Vietnam was the first time medics were armed and carried firearms and grenades into combat In Vietnam, US Army "Medics" were often nick-named "Doc" or "Band-Aid" and rode, walked, and lived with all US Army units in the field. Unlike WWII & Korea, US Army medics did not have red crosses painted on their helmets nor did they have red crosses on white cloth wrapped around their upper arms. US Army medics were (and still are) trained at Fort Sam Houston. US Army: Tank, ACAV/APC, Artillerymen, were equipped with 1st Aid Kits. Common grunts (infantrymen) had a 1st aid gauze packet; just a white (sometimes OD colored) cloth & cotton item to stop bleeding. US Army Medics carried medical equipment, in their pouches (like a back-pack). Morphine was still administered for wounded GI's, to numb the pain. A medical building which had a chopper pad for helicopters to land on. A red cross would normally be painted on the building's sides or front entrance.
Mr. Price's letter The history of the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) in Vietnam began in April, 1956. Army nurses volunteered for duty in Vietnam for a variety of reasons. Many felt it was their patriotic duty; others thought of Vietnam as an adventure. The Army nurses who served in Vietnam
averaged 23.6 years of age and were relatively
new to nursing, only 35% had more than two
years nursing experience.(9) Nurses were both
female (79%) and male (21%), from active duty
and the reserve component. These women and men worked in the hospitals directly with the patients, doing a combination of social work and recreation therapy.

These women and men were the Red Cross social workers who arranged compassionate emergency leaves and received and passed on communications from the families back home regarding births, deaths, and emergencies.

In modern times, most combat medics carry a personal weapon, to be used to protect themselves and the wounded or sick in their care. When and if they use their arms offensively, or carry arms that qualify as offensive, they then sacrifice their protection under the Geneva Conventions.

Now let's see what you've learned! 1.What was the main duty of a medic
during the Vietnam War?

a.To shoot people
b.To pamper the soldiers
c.To treat and evacuate the wounded
d.To make breakfast for the soldiers
Answer:
C. To treat and evacuate soldiers 2.True or False: Medics had a 72% survival rate
for the soldiers that they evacuated within
the first hour of being wounded. Answer:
False 3.Which one of the following did infantrymen not carry?
a.First aid gauze packet
b.White cloth
c.Cotton swabs
d.A tank
Answer:
D. Tank 4.True or False: Not all donut dollies
worked for the Red Cross. Answer: False 5.What is the main reason for medics today carrying personal weapons?
a.Protection for themselves and the wounded
b.To scare the enemy
c.To look superior to other soldiers
d.They don’t carry weapons
Answer:
A. Protection for themselves
and the wounded
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