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THE ROLE OF THE ARMY MEDICAL SERVICE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC CRISIS OF 1965 

Darrell G. McPherson
Captain, Medical Service Corps

 Office of The Surgeon General
Department of the Army
Washington, D.C.

THE HISTORICAL UNIT, UNITED STATES ARMY MEDICAL SERVICE

COL ROBERT S. ANDERSON, MC, USA, Director
CHARLES J. SIMPSON, Executive Officer
HAZEL G. MINE, Chief, Administrative Branch
ERNEST ELLIOTT, Jr., Chief, Editorial Branch
RODERICK M. ENGERT, Chief, General Reference and Research Branch
ROSE C. ENGELMAN, Ph.D., Chief, Historians Branch
GERALDINE B. SITES, Acting Chief, Information Activities Branch
LTC JOSEPH ISRAELOFF, MSC, USA, Chief, Special Projects Branch


 CONTENTS

FOREWORD

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

    Army Operations
    Organization

ARMY MEDICAL SERVICE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

    Plans
    Commitment to Operations
    Organization

EXTENT OF MEDICO-MILITARY OPERATIONS

    Army Battle Casualties
    Evacuation Policies and Procedures
    Nonbattle Medical Problems
    Psychiatric Problems

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE-CIVIL PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIVITIES

    Public Service Functions
    Water Supply
    Garbage Collection and Disposal
    Insect Control
    Rodent Control
    Restaurant Inspection
    Beverages
    Ice Procurement
    Street Vendors
    Extent of Medical Treatment Provided Dominican Civilians

MEDICAL UNIT ACTIVITIES

    Alert and Movement
    Buildup and Operations
    Civil Action Programs
    Medical Supplies for Civilian Use

OPERATIONS IN 1966

CONCLUSION

Appendixes

A. Medical Standard Operating Procedures, 5th Logistical Command
B. Medical Coverage and Procedures in Objective Area, 82d Airborne Division
C. Confidential Nature of Venereal Disease Information, 82d Airborne Division
D. Redeployment Physical Evaluation, USFORDOMREP Circular No. 40-12
E. Annual Medical Service Activities Report, 82d Airborne Division, 1965 
F. Civilian Restaurant Inspection Program, USFORDOMREP Circular No. 40-4
G. Health Hazards in the Dominican Republic, USFORDOMREP Medical Bulletin No. 1
H. Medical Appendix 1 to Logistics Annex M of Operations Order No. 2-65, USCOMDOMREP
I. Medical Annex to Logistical Operating Instructions

Illustrations

Figures

1. UH-1B helicopter used by the Army Medical Service in the Dominican Republic
2. Medical Service officers conferring near Santa Domingo
3. COL Peter S. Scales, MC, Commanding Officer, 55th Medical Group
4. The 15th Field Hospital during the rainy season
5. The 15th Field Hospital relocated on an abandoned airstrip
6. Main building of the Dominican Naval Academy
7. Ward of the 15th Field Hospital at the Dominican Naval Academy
8. CPT Albert Trentalance, MC, bandaging the wounds of a Dominican, in the 15th Field Hospital
9. Citizen of Santo Domingo awaiting medical treatment in an 82d Airborne Division dispensary
10. CPT Philip Cuba, DC, 307th Medical Battalion, giving dental care to a Dominican child
11. CPT Robert E. Steward, MC, 307th Medical Battalion, and a local physician examining a young Dominican
12. Medical team at a farm approximately 25 miles from San Isidro

Charts

1. Organization of the Medical Service in the Dominican Republic after 10 June 1965
2. Medical support organization under the 12th Support Brigade, 31 December 1965

Maps

1. The Dominican Republic
2. Santo Domingo area
3. The Santo Domingo corridor
4. Santo Domingo
5. Medical installations in the Santo Domingo area