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DUST OFF:
ARMY AEROMEDICAL
EVACUATION IN VIETNAM

by

Peter Dorland
and
James Nanney

CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORY
UNITED STATES ARMY
WASHINGTON, D. C., 1982

First Printing

For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office
Washington, D.C. 20402

 


Contents

PREFACE

THE AUTHORS

I. THE EARLY YEARS

    Early Medical Evacuation
    Early Aeromedical Evacuation
    The Korean War

II. BIRTH OF A TRADITION

    The Struggle Begins
    The First Air Ambulance Unit in Vietnam
    Dust Off Takes Form
    Relations with the South Vietnamese
    Kelly and the Dust Off Mystique
    A New Buildup
    The Crisis Deepens

III. THE SYSTEM MATURES

    Origins of the Air Ambulance Platoon
    The Air Ambulance Platoon Goes to Work
    The Medical Company (Air Ambulance)
    The 436th Medical Company (Provisional)
    ATTLEBORO
    The 45th Medical Company
    The Buildup of 1967
    Riverine Operations
    Dak To
    The 54th and the Kelly Tradition
    Dust Off Wins Its First Medal of Honor
    Dust Off in the Saddle

IV. THE PILOT AT WORK

    The UH-1 Iroquois ("Huey")
    The Hoist
    Evacuation Missions
    Evacuation Problems
    Enemy Fire
    A Turning Point

V. FROM TET TO STAND-DOWN

    TET - 1968
    The Drawdown Begins
    A Second Medal of Honor
    VNAF Dust Off
    Cambodia
    A Medevac in Peril
    Laos
    Papa Whiskey
    Stand-Down and Ship Out

EPILOGUE

    Statistics
    Doctrine and Lessons Learned
    A Historical Perspective

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

    Articles
    Books and Studies

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