Category: medical

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This May Sting A Bit, 1967

Armed with bandages and medicine, these two members of the U.S. Air Force’s Operation MED CAP (Medical Civilian-Assistance Program) are making the rounds. MED CAP was composed of a team of doctors, nurses, and aides which traveled to Vietnamese villages to treat the ill, and educate the local populace on the importance of sanitation. Here, Second Lieutenant Kathleen M. Sullivan, treats a sick Vietnamese child in 1967.

Second Lieutenant Kathleen M. Sullivan treats a Vietnamese child during Operation MED CAP, a U.S. Air Force civic action program in which a team of doctors, nurses, and aides travel to Vietnamese villages, treat the sick and teach villagers the basics of sanitation and cleanliness.

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Surgery being performed by members of the 1st Medical Bn, 1st…

Surgery being performed by members of the 1st Medical Bn, 1st Marine Div, circa 1965.

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“Twentieth Century ‘Angel of Mercy’ – D. R. Howe (Glencoe, MN) treats the wounds of Private First Class D. A. Crum (New Brighton, PA), “H” Company, 2nd Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, during Operation Hue City.” 2/6/1968

Series: General Photograph File of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1927 – 1981
Record Group 127: Records of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1775 –

The Battle of Hue occurred during the larger Tet Offensive, a series of coordinated surprise attacks by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army against targets in South Vietnam which began on January 30, 1968 during the Vietnamese New Year holiday.  Although their advances were ultimately turned back, the campaign helped to diminish support for the war in the U.S.

Another view of this scene in black and white:

118 – Combat – Operation Hue City – February 6, 1968


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US Army medics of the 327th Infantry treating civilians outside…

US Army medics of the 327th Infantry treating civilians outside of Hue, circa 1967/1968.

From the source: Bong Son Village, Thailand. First Lieutenant…

From the source:

Bong Son Village, Thailand. First Lieutenant Linda J. Bowser, an Air Force nurse with the 8th TFW [Tactical Fighter Wing] Med-Cap team, examines a Thai girl. 1/10/1974

“Today we had another mass cal [casualty]… I worked in post-op tonight and found out it was a…”

“Today we had another mass cal [casualty]… I worked in post-op tonight and found out it was a convoy that was attacked. My patients saw what they thought were ARVN soldiers standing by the side of the road but when they came upon them, they opened fire. They said the VC were crawling everywhere. That’s the way it is over here. You just don’t know who or where your enemies are. We lost one in the OR but the rest are doing okay.
           But would you believe after what they went through we had two red alerts tonight. Put mattresses on those we couldn’t move and got the others on the floor under the beds. No peace. No sleep.
           Know you’ll remember all these men in your prayers.”

Capt. Bobbie (MacLean) Fry in a letter home to her parents dated 21 May 1967. She served in the Army Nurse Corps, and the events above occurred when she was stationed with the 7th Surgical Hospital at Black Horse Base Camp, 11th Armored Cavalry.

Source: Letters from Vietnam edited by Bill Adler

From the source: Photographer: SP6 Eugene M. Randon. [DASPO]…

From the source:

Photographer: SP6 Eugene M. Randon. [DASPO] The Philippine Civic Action Group in Vietnam. SGT Leonardo Date, CA Det, PHILCAGV, prepares and distributes medicine to the patients during the civic action program conducted by the PHILCAGV in the hamlet of Ben Dinh, near Tay Ninh, approximately 85 km northwest of Saigon. [1968]