May 2010

SSG/E-6 RET ELVIE SMITH,JR. Army entered the Army in 1967 was trained as a 91B medic at FT SAM HOUSTON,TEXAS then assigned to viet nam. He treated many wounded between jan 1968 to dec 1968 sent back to USA. SSG SMITH was awarded a purple dheart,arcom,nco medal,many unit citations andother awardsd during his 15 year career. SSG SMITHwas retired in1982 100% disabled. Years of service 1967--1982 Location 3/39th inf.  9th infantry div. viet nam Position title medical corpsman

SP4 David L. Rose, Army was drafted into military service and sent to Vietnam. He chose to not carry arms so he served as a conscientious  objector. He served in Pleiku and Chu Lai Vietnam as a Emergency Room medic, First Assistant in Surgery and a Dust-Off medic. He still suffers today after 40 years with severe post traumatic syndrome disorder. After the service he chose to continue his education in surgery as a civilian. He enjoyed a career as Director of Surgery and First Assistant to the surgeons for 35 years. Today in his retirement he continues to help people in need as a Ranger in Yosemite National Park, California. David Rose is a Wilderness EMT and frequently applies his Vietnam experiences as a search and rescue medic with short haul medi-vac helicopter support. Thank you making this certificate available. I feel that David Rose is very deserving of such recognition. Dust Off Medic, Emergency Room Medic and Surgical First Assistant in the 71st Evacuation Hospital in Pleiku and the 91st Evacuation Hospital in Chu Lai, Vietnam

April 2010

HM1 Lance H. Rose, Navy Corpsman From 1963-1969,Lance Rose served 6 years as a Hospital Corpsman in the U.S.Navy. Duty stations include USNH Beaufort, South Carolina; Bethesda Naval Hospital; USS Benewah ( APB-35 ) and the station Hospital at Danang. He served during the TeT Offensive of 1968 providing care to the wounded of our services as well as those of the Republic of South Vietnam and our allies serving in that combat theater.

SFC Earnest M. Ours, Army served as a Special Forces Medical Specialist for B 55 at Camp A 101 and other locations in the Republic of Vietnam in 1966. He was awarded the Combat Medical Badge. He was TDY from 1st SFG(A) to 5th SFG(A)

March 6, 2010

HM1(FMF)  Christopher Ingermann, USMC, NAVY, served with the Marine's for 15 of his 19 yrs. in the Navy. He went to Iraq in 2006. His Vic. hit an I.E.D. in November 2006. He went on more than 300 missions while in Iraq. Because of the blast from the I.E.D. His major injury was a T.B.I. but he stayed in country with his Marine's until they all came home. He worked on the wounded on a daily basis. Some were saved and sadly we lost 23 from his unit. My family and I think of him as our hero.

Specialist E-5 Peter Brodeur, Army served as Medic in the 616 evacuation emergency room for months working taking care of the wounded as they arrived from dust-off.  He also served on the green line and beyond taking care of his patients. An Khe 1966-1968

February 2, 2010

Major William P. Desjardins, Army and USAF. served in the U.S. Army (USA) and the USAF both enlisted (16 years) and as officer (15 years) through Vietnam, Opertion Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and others. Treated and saved countless lives. Even served on Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands as USA medevac duties during nuclear clean-up. Served with the forerunner to the "Flight for Life" program sponsored by the USA called "Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic" (MAST) performing medevac via helicopter to military personnel and mostly civilian communities responding to urgent medical calls otherwise response not available or ground transportation not fast enough to save victim's life or limb. At first, crews were picked from Dustoff experience. Countless scenarios that should've lead to awards and medals, but never put it or received. In spare time while enlisted, I voluntarily taught ARC first-aid, CPR, and many others to local military and civilian personnel. Instructor for the AHA Advanced
Cardiac Life Saving course to EMTs, nurses, physicians, and others. As if not enough, transferred to USAF as enlisted and flew aeromedical evacuation tactical and world-wide transporting and treating sick, injured, and wounded. Eventually taking USAF commission (actually appointment - medical type). And then some... I am now 100% disabled due to health issues directly related to military service.
Position titleCombat Medic (USA); Dive Team Medic (USA); flew Dustoff & MAST (USA); completed US Special Forces Medic (USA); flew tactical & strategic aeromedical evacuation  as medical crew member, instructor, & examiner (USAF); took commission as health services adminstration officer and still assisted the sick, injured, and wounded.

November 17, 2009

Pfc. James M. Fisher, Army  was stationed at Bear Cat in Viet Nam in 1966-1967. He served as a Medic. 1965-1968

SGT Jason E. Worsdale, Army Senior Combat Medic for

SSG Mark E. Peak, Army, Senior Combat Medic for 2-8 Cav, 1BCT, 1st Cav Division., was awarded the Combat Medic Badge and Purple Heart, along with several other awards. Multiple Combat tours in Iraq, Multiple Conus Stations

September 2009

SP4 Jerry Rieck, Army Jan. 1967. Had basic training at Fort Jackson SC.  AIT training Fort Sam Tx.  Jump school Fort Benning GA..  Went to Fort Campbell KY. Went to Vietnam with 101st Aborine Divison C-326 Med Bn..  In Vietnam I served as a medic and also helped with the transporting wounded.  I served a full tour plus one month and a few days.  Was in Vietnam from mid Nov. 1967 - Dec. 31 1968.

CSM Olbie G. Foley Army  I am submitting information on is my father, CSM Olbie G. Foley,  who has served from 1951 to 1981 in the US Army and in Vietam from March 1968 to March 1969. He spent his entire military career in the medical field. After spending 30 years serving in the US Army, he retired from his career as a Command Sergeant Major at Ireland Army Hospital at Fort Knox Kentucky.

Captain Roger G Parks Medical Surgical Nurse Operation Desert Storm   1991 United States Army

SFC(Ret) Robert W. King served over 20 years in the military with all but 4 years as a medical corpsman. Served with C Company, 2nd Med Bn, 2nd Div in Korea and a year later served in I Corps, Republic of Vietnam where as a member of the 616th Medical Company (Clr) was assigned duty with the 22nd Surgical Hospital (MUST) as NCOIC of the Receiving Section where all the casualties first entered the hospital. Also treated patients at the Clearing Company level prior to this assignment. Also spent time as an independent duty corpsman with the Navy Seebee's in Phu Bai after their "Doc" was sent home and before they could get another from the Navy. Was transferred to the 27th Surgical Hospital in Chu Lai, RVN and continued to work in the receiving section of that hospital treating incoming casualties also. Held more than 2 dozen MEDCAPS in villages in northern I Corps and at several orphanages also. On off duty time went to Hue Hospital and assisted there as I could. I am proud to have served my country and to have served in the medical field assisted our wounded and our Allied wouunded.

August 2009

Tech Herbert A. Kuebler, Army  served during World War II as an Ambulance Driver and Combat Medic with the 224th Medical Company under the 17th Airborne Division. Highlights of Tech 5 Kuebler’s participation in the liberation of France: April 19, 1943: Tech 5 Kuebler entered active duty service at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, MO. From there he was sent on to Camp Mackall, N.C. for his basic combat training and then on to military maneuvers at Camp Forrest, TN where he received instruction in the operation of military trucks (specifically ambulances) and combat medical treatment.August 17, 1944: Departed the United States on board the Queen Mary and arrived in Liverpool, England on August 25, 1944. Kuebler trained with his company in England for approximately 3-1/2 months to maintain their proficiency. December 1944: Entered combat in France and continued to support operations throughout Ardennes, France and much of Central Europe. Kuebler earned a Glider Badge and participated in troop insertions by glider throughout Europe; all of which originated from airfields in France. Mr. Kuebler went on to serve as a combat medic during the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium and throughout Europe--to include the Ruhr Valley and Rhineland--before returning home from the war on January 3, 1946. In recognition of his bravery; selfless service and superb treatment of wounded and injured soldiers, Tech 5 Kuebler was awarded three Bronze Stars. January 18, 1946: Mr. Kuebler was discharged from the U.S. Army at Jefferson Barracks after having spent 1 year, 4 months and 17 days on foreign soil in support of the liberation of much of Central Europe.

PFC Charles W. Whitten, Jr. served during World War II as a Combat Medic with Company C, 110th Medical Battalion, 320th Regiment of the 35th Infantry Division. Highlights of PFC Whitten’s participation in the liberation of France: July 6, 1944--Arrived on Omaha Beach (near Isgny, France).  Mr. Whitten is still haunted by the memories of wrecked ships, crumbled pill boxes and blood in the water from the initial D-Day invasion.
July 8, 1944--Entered combat in St. Lo.
July 18, 1944--St. Lo captured by American forces.
July 9-19, 1944—Period of combat involvement in St. Lo. During this period Mr. Whitten was summoned (after having spent a restless night in a tent that had been ripped by shrapnel) to administer first-aid to injured soldiers. Once soldiers received initial care, PFC Whitten and his fellow medics had to evacuate them to the first-aid station. He and the others were forced to “run” on their hands and knees along the hedgerows of St. Lo to—while both responding to and evacuating those requiring treating—in an effort to avoid being shot by German soldiers. PFC Whitten recalls providing medical attention to an individual named Sgt. Haden—who while kneeling and holding his own guts in his hands—told him not worry about his care, but to check on safety of his squad members. The 320th suffered a significant number of casualties during the liberation of St. Lo due to the Germans’ unyielding attacks and heavily fortified positions within the thick hedgerows. August 6, 1944—Battle of Mortain. Mr Whitten provided support combat medical services and recalls the lack of plasma and other necessary emergency medical supplies. Mortain had previously been held by 30th Division, 120th Infantry, who consequently were surrounded by the Germans and had their chaplain and most of their medics either killed or captured. Mr. Whitten recalls the ugly and gangrenous wounds that he had to tend to while exposed to shrapnel from mortar explosions and the constant harassment of enemy small arms fire.
Mr. Whitten went on to serve as a combat medic during the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium and throughout Europe--to include Luxembourg and Germany--before returning home from the war in late 1945. In recognition of his bravery; selfless service and superb treatment of wounded and injured soldiers, PFC Whitten was awarded five Bronze Stars.

SFC Larry J. Markham spent a year in Iraq.  As the Senior Spec Ops Medic in his Battalion, he was in charge of providing 24/7 care to his soldiers as well as a train the trainer program for the Iraqi army medics and running a Battalion Aid Station.  He was injured while carry patients on litters and is still receiving care for those injuries today.

July 2009

John Schey was "Dustoff 90" in Viet Nam.  Over his career he received DSM, DFC, PH, BSM-3, MSM-4,AM-17, ACM, AAM, GCM, and numerous service awards for Viet Nam, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. 1967-2008

June  2009

SP4 John Swanson, Army, Door Runner/ Dustoff,  was 18 in Viet Nam. He earned his air wings and flew multiple missions to drop off and pick up soldiers and the wounded. Saigon, Vietnam 1968-1969

February  2009

A1C Roger Smith, USAF. Served on Active Duty in the Air Force from 1993-1997, the US Army National Guard from 1999-2003, joined the US Air National Guard in December 2006 after visiting wounded soldiers.  Took job as a Medical Logistician supporting an Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron to aid in the effort by ensuring that Aeromedical personnel have the medical supplies needed for each mission tranporting wounded soldiers returning from current missions in the Middle East.  Is proud to serve our nation and our troops by providing the most effective logistics support to the most utilized Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron in the Air National Guard

SA LAVoy Poole, Navy, MEDIC. 3rd generation Navy and surrounds himself with people that enhance his life and hope that in some small way he can do the same for them.

December 2008

Tommy W. Bolton, HM3, served at the US Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan 1969-70 as a surgery ward corpsman caring for Marines transferred from field hospitals in Vietnam. He volunteered for service in Vietnam and was transferred to the U.S.S. Sanctuary (AH-17) operating off the coast of Vietnam in close support of US and Allied ground forces between Da Nang and the DMZ. There he was assigned to a surgery ward and cared for U.S., S. Korean, S. Vietnamese military, and Vietnamese civilians. He received the Vietnam Campaign, Republic of Vietnam Service, Meritorious Unit Citation, among other awards for his service. 

CW2 William E. Whittaker, Army   He dedicated his life to the Army.  He was truly a hero in the United States Army, and as my Dad.  In Vietnam he served with the 326th Medical Battalion Air Ambulance Platoon with the 101st Airborne Division at Camp Eagle.  He was a highly decorated soldier. His various medals, awards and badges include, a Silver
Star, a Distinguished flying Cross (with six oak leaf clusters), a Bronze Star, 51 various Air Medals, an Army Commendation Medal with a V-device (two oak leaf clusters), two Purple Hearts, a Good Conduct Medal, Army Occupation Medal, an Armed Forces Expedionary Medal, Vietnam Service(six campaigns), Vietnam Campaign, National Defense Medal, Army Aviator Wings, Master Parachutist Badge, and an Expert Badge (M-16 rifle and 45 caliber pistol). He participated in the Shau Valley assault, Lam Son 719 campaignin Laos and Khe Sahn.

November 2008

SP/5 Ashby L. Allen, Jr, Army, served as a Medic 91C20 with the 1st Bn 12th Cav 1st Cavalry in Vietnam July 1970 to July 1971. "I salute those serving in uniform today."

November 11, 2008
Sgt Floyd Deets, Army, Served as Combat Medic with the First Platoon, Company G, Second Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, from January, 1953 to August 1953, and August, 1953 to November, 1953, Second Battalion Aid Station 35th Infantry Regiment.Combat Medical Badge - United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal w/2 Branze Service Stars

Richard A. Franklin served as asst bn surgeon 3rd bn 35th reg 25th inf div korea from feb 1952 until march 1953. assisted the battalion doctor , capt joe connor , treating and either returning to action for transporting wounded to the army field hospital in many combat areas including the punch bowl and heartbreak ridge areas.

October 2008


SP6 Michael C. Mannix, Army, combat medic with the 4th Ifantry Division for 18 months, from 08-1968 to 04-1970. I certainly don't have a count of people I serviced, both wounded and sick, but over the 18 month period, it had to be in the hundreds. I was awarded the Combat Medical Badge, Army Commendation Medal, and the Bronze Star for my work in Vietnam. I am presently the Postmaster of Springfield, MA and the father of six children.  Vietnam 04/1967-04/1970

SSG Jayme Turner Army, was deployed for his second combat tour in 2005 serving as a Combat Medic for the 1-10 CAV Reg, 2 BCT, 4th ID, stationed in Arab Jabour, Iraq. Without regard for his own life, he dedicated himself to the work of caring for his wounded "brothers in arms".  On numerous occasions, he dodged incoming rocket mortar attacks, small arms fire and IEDs to provide life saving medical attention to those wounded in the heat of the battle.  His mission was and continues to be, to save the lives of those that have been entrusted to his care.  There is no greater honor for him than to be considered a brother to those with whom he serves and to be called "Doc". SSG Turner's personal and professional dedication, knowledge and intuitive medical sense has saved the lives of those brave men and women serving our country. He is a soldier, a father, a brother, an uncle and a son and in all these things he is our hero. OIF 05-07, OIF 07-09

September 2008

My grandfather, Waino C. Ingertila, drove Ambulance transporting patients from Aid Stations to Clearing Stations during World War II.  He helped load and unload ambulances and gave emergency first aid treatment.
During his service he received a Eurpean African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon with 5 Service Stars.  Also received a Good  Conduct Med, AR 600 68 30 Oct. 1943. 4/6/1942 - 10/11/1945 Co. C. 75th Armored Medical Battalion

CW4 Brian M. Swann, MC, USA.,Ret  Combat Medic  1966-1969: AD USA. SSG, E-6.
1967-1969: Vietnam. service: 44th Med BDE / 9th INF Div. 1969-1972: USAR.
1976: Direct Appointment, WO-1, USANG. 011-A. Military Physician Assistant.
1979-1989: AD USA. CW3, Military Physician Assistant.
1989-1997: CW4, MC Ret. Military Physician Assistant.

Spec4 Wayne Wimer US Army  HIs company transported 13,000 non-ambulatory wounded soldiers a month from the airstrip onto helicopters bound for US Naval Hospital Yakuska, Japan. When cloud cover prevented their transport he and another medic tended to the 24 severely wounded men aboard the Army bus for an agonizing 4-6 hour trip over rutted dirt roads and pot holes to the hospital. The men were pleading for more Demerol but he had to suffer with their screams of pain as he tried to comfort them en route. Yakuska, Japan 1968-70

HM2 Alfonso "Al" Gutierrez hopped on any chopper that was heading out to pick up the wounded no matter what branch of service. In his 18 months in Nam he as shot down five times and was wounded three times. He was a SEAL trained Navy Corpsman who is a credit to the Marine Corps and Navy. He has helped fellow veterans and attended mulitiple PTSD and spirituality groups for over the last 16 years.  1966-68 Vietnam

David S. Thompson, USARNG
On July 20, 2003 myself and my squad members where on a recon patrol in the Sunni Triangle in Iraq
to gather intelligence on insurgent activity when our Hummer was hit with a Rocket Propelled Grenade
killing my two squad members and badly injuring me. 

Before being rescued I was able to fight of numerous insurgent attacks while directing close air support fire
on enemy targets destroying their cache supplies and killing over a hundred insurgents.   

I was awarded the Silver Star Medal for Conspicious Gallantry in action during combat operations envolving
grave danger against hostile enemy forces while serving with the 115th Military Police Battalion in Baghdad, Iraq   

Although I am unable to service do to my wartime disabilities.  I am able to still remember my buddies an I am
still serving service members as a Veterans Employment Specialist and would like for you to send me a certificate
and banner flag to place outside my home so that I will always remember the sacrifaces made by our brave men
and women serving both here an abroad. 

David S. Thompson, USARNG

SPC Ngirmidol  Army Comments I do not know much about this young man except that he was the one to put a turniquet on my sons' leg when their humvee was hit with a RPG. The RPG took my sons' leg and SPC Ngirmidol was the one to react and helped save my sons life. I do believe that if it weren't for his quick reaction my son could have very well lost his life that day.

August 2008

Spc. Nicholas Colgin, BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan  2004 - 2008.  As a convoy of more than 20 vehicles snaked its way through a creek bed in Tag Ab Valley, Nov. 10, 2007, small-arms and rocket propelled grenade fire interrupted the patrol s five-day mission of searching for high value targets in Kapisa province.

Spc. Nicholas Colgin, a medic with Bravo Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, heard the call for  medic  and responded by running through sporadic enemy fire to a wounded French soldier ultimately saving Sabastian s life, according to hospital officials.

All of a sudden, we started taking fire and we would return fire and then it would stop; it would go on like this for more than an hour as the sun went down,  said Colgin.

The convoy was pushing through the intermittent ambushes when Colgin said he noticed a French vehicle passing his coalition Humvee from the trail position moving alongside the lead armored security vehicle.

They were trying to notify the lead vehicle of an injury, their gunner took a 7.62 round through the helmet,  Colgin, a Chesterfield, Va., native said.

When the lead vehicle called for a medic, I stopped the Humvee I was driving, hopped out and the (Radio Telephone Operator) in the back (seat) tossed me the aid bag. 

As the convoy was still under attack from enemy fire, Colgin ran in the open past five vehicles reaching the French vehicle jumping up and down waving his arms screaming  I m a medic! 

I wasn t thinking much at all when I left the Humvee, I got caught up in the moment,  Colgin recalled.  I did know I had to move fast to help whoever it was. 

Colgin said the French soldiers didn t speak English and were surprised at first seeing an American Soldier out in front of their door during an ambush but eventually they let him in.

I had no idea what his injuries were; he was sprawled out in the back of the vehicle with loose bandages on his head and was unresponsive,  Colgin explained.  I positioned him properly and started treating him and that meant stopping the bleeding. 

Colgin asked if anyone spoke English in the French vehicle because they were trying to talk to Colgin while he was treating their comrade. When he asked, they pointed to the guy with the bandage on his head.

It was crazy because I m trying to help the Soldier and all I hear is French. The gunner would fire off some rounds, pop down to try and talk to me and then pop back up and fire more rounds,  Colgin said.  I m pretty sure this guy was going to die, I knew we had to get him out fast or he wouldn t make it.

According to Colgin, the French vehicle did not have communications with the coalition vehicles so he stuck his head out one of the gunner s turrets and began yelling the extent of Sabastian s injuries to the lead ASV.

There was so much going on I decided to run back to the commander s Humvee to give (medical evacuation) information and a (situation report) while avoiding the small-arms fire,  Colgin said.  I then ran back a second time to the French vehicle and gave him an IV and further assessed his injuries. Once I was able to push him with fluids and stop the bleeding he became responsive. 

Colgin would stay with his patient through the sporadic ambushes, reassuring Sabastian he would be make it while firing his weapon through the gunner s turret Sabastian occupied. What was normally a 20-minute drive to reach Forward Operating Base Kutschbach took the convoy three hours, according to Colgin.

Sabastian was MEDEVAC d and diagnosed with a skull fracture and brain swelling. Hospital officials who treated Sabastian said Colgin s action s saved his life.

Simple stuff saved him like stopping the bleeding and pushing fluids,  said Colgin.  The reassuring didn t hurt either.

There was nothing simple about Colgin's actions that day.

SPC Ngirmidol Army   I do not know much about this young man except that he was the one to put a turniquet on my sons' leg when their humvee was hit with a RPG. The RPG took my sons' leg and SPC Ngirmidol was the one to react and helped save my sons life. I do believe that if it weren't for his quick reaction my son could have very well lost his life that day. sPC Ngirmidol is not a medic, however he reacted like one that day. Iraq.

SP/6 John N. Hazelton Army 91"Charlie" Senior Medic. I joined the 2nd Bn.8th Inf. 4th ID at Ft.Lewis, Wash. in 66 just before we shipped to Nam.We arrived in Nam in Aug. of 66 then we went to Pleiku at "Twin Titty Moutain" later called Camp Enari or "Dragon Moutain" As a senior medic I ran the Aide station as well as being in the "bush' as needed and at the "forward trains area and on the different fire bases.We handled all incoming casualities and stabelized them before they were sent forward.
In Aug. of 70 I was at Phuoc Vihn with the First Phuoc Vihn and I was inprocessing at the "1st Team Academy" when a SFC came up to me and asked if I had served with the 2nd of the 8th,4th ID and when I said "yes" , he shook my hand and he said that I was with some other "docs" that had pulled him out of a collapsed bunker and he left there paralized but now he was standing before me whole and well.That is what being a "doc" is all about.

SPC Scott, Nikeya Army / Navy  worked as a Fleet Hospital Corpsman in Iraq tending to wounded American Soldiers.  Her career as a corpsman took her to Iraq, Parris Island, Okinawa, and Beaufort, SC.  She is currently still in the GA National Gaurd and is completing her readiness training for future deployment to Afganasthan.  SPC Scott has been and will comtinue to be a wonderful assett to the medical field. 2003

July 2008

SP5 Peter Bishop Army Combat Medic in Viet Nam 1966-67 1st Cav Div

SGT Robert Caudill Maryland Army National Guard risked injury to himself,attempting to save another Soldier.He pulled a Soldier out of a burning vehicle and attempted to give CPR.SGT Caudill is a highly motivated and dedicated Soldier that puts others before himself. 2005 - 2006 Ramadi Iraq

Captain John W. Paul is an incredible officer.  He is a Special Operations Physician's Assistant who as a flight surgeon has performed countless hours of medical assistance to our special operations warriors in both Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM!  CPT Paul has recently returned from his third tour of duty, having served in both the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns in some of the most difficult situations while under fire.  CPT Paul's most recent tour of duty was with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (160th SOAR(A) supporting covert Special Operations missions in support of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT), the Combined Forces Special Operations Command Central (CFSOCC) and the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC).  CPT Paul will never tell people of the tireless hours and difficult situations which he has spent and conitnues to spend taking care of our Special Operations Warriors in the field nor does he complain of the tireless hours he spends taking care of their family members in Garrison.  As a testiment of CPT Paul's selfless and dedicated service to his fellow Special Operators, he is the recepient of the Soldier's Medal and a Bronze Star.  CPT Paul is a true "Quiet Professional" and most deserving of this

MSgt Joseph B Belhumeur  USAF 14 March 1957 to April 19 1977 Served 21 years in the medical field in the USAF and another 20 with the VA. Although I was a pharmacy technician in the USAF, Our training included all aspects of medecine and when nighttime fell in Vietnam, you responded quickly to all emergencies when patients were being brought in wounded and we were there to respond

MSgt John D. Rector Navy Corpsman Helicopter missions and battlefield, Vietnam 1965-1968

Major Lenore S. Katz Air National Guard Southeast Asia 1968 Served as Flight Nurse bringing wounded personnel back from Vietnam. Providing all in-flight medical care rquired.  Returning patients to the United States for their definitive care.

COL. David D. Dryden, Army COMMANDING OFFICER 571ST MED DET (HA) succeded me as CO of the DUSTOFF unit providing medical helicopter evacuation support to all the units in the north of the Vietnam combat area. He provided leadership to his men as well as participating in flight missions. 1968-1968 PHU BAI/HUE, VIETNAM

SP5 Dennis Telischak, Army Medic flew with Major Nelson E. Luce,Dustoff 46 and was with him on the night of March 18-19,1968 when they extracted 87 wounded soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment,101st Airborne Division. An outstanding medic who lived up to the highest standards without regard to his own personal safety to rescue his fellow wounded soldiers. Vietnam 1967-1968

SP5 David Ferrier, Army was my Unit Clerk who felt that he need to do more than clerking.  He literally begged me to put him on DUSTOFF flight status, which I did.  He flew numerous medical evacuations into the area of the wounded and assisted in the rescue of hundreds of soldiers. DUSTOFF" PATIENT PROTECTOR Vietnam 1967-1970

CPL Jeremy D. Trapier Army Line Medic June 2006 - Sept 2007  A highly motivated and very well trained medic who can always keep a cool head under fire. Iraq

SGT Austin D. Stacey Army Another highly motivated and very well trained medic who can always keep a cool head under fire Medic Squad Leader Jun 2006 - Sept 2007 Iraq

Jim Parker Army, COMBAT MEDIC served in Vthe Delta of Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division as a COMBAT MEDIC with 3rd/60th Infantry from February 1968 to February 1969.He was awarded the Silver Star,Bronze Star.Air Medal, Purple Heart and others

TSgt Alan T. Harmon US Air Force Reserve Flight Medic We were based out of Mildenhall, England and tasked with flying wounded Marines and Soldiers, injured in Iraq, from Kuwait and Qatar back to Ramstein, Germany or Rota, Spain for definitive medical care.  Our route would take us from England to Sigonella NAS, Sicily where we would configure the C-141 Starlifters for transport and then fly into Kuwait or Qatar to pick up and care for the injured as we made the long 12 hour trip back to Germany or Spain.  We would fly back to England to resupply our medical supplies and equipment and then start all over again.  On each flight, we would care for between 25 and 60 injured troops, some of which were in critical condition.  All of us that made those many flights and cared for our troops are very proud to have been of such service to those on the frontlines of the war.

SP5 Alex C. Alexandrou Army Medical Specialist Alexandrou USASFTG (Abn)completed medical training 1967 at Ft. Bragg, NC was assigned to Viet Nam Big Red One and became attached to the 1/4 Cav C Troop 1967- 1968, received numerous awards including the Bronze Star w/"V" device. Directly treated causalities in the field, medivaced causalities from the field, incidental, the usual treatments while back at base camp or night defensive position (NDP), and also earned the Combat Medical Badge

HM1 Gary H. Bryant  Navy was attached to 1st Batt Ninth Marines as company corpsman in 64/65. In 1964 we floated off the coast of Viet Nam and in 1965 we landed in Da Nang at red beach. Ew spent time at the air base and south of Marble Mountain. I returned to Viet Nam in 1966 aboard the USS Coral Sea CVA43. In 1969 I was back in Da Nang with VQ-1. I was discharged in 1971.Became a Police Officer in 1972 and retired in 1993.

Major Roger D. Ludwig, Jr.  Oregon Air National Guard,  Sather Airbase, Baghdad, Iraq / November 2007-January 2008. Physician and Senior Flight Surgeon acting as SGH (Chief of Medical Services) at 447th EMEDS. We provided trauma and primary care to the Victory Base Complex soldiers and airmen during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Spec.4 Joshua Perkins, Army  Medic  prison hospital/helped with wounded. Iraq 2004--and present

Sp5 Joseph R. Binicki  Army  DustOff Medic Served in Viet Nam March 1969 to 13 Feberuary 1970. Recieved 14 aiemedeles two with the V device. Recieved The Purpel Heart December of 1969, and a number of outher mediles and ribbons.

SPC 4 James G. Cox Army My husband--Viet-Nam combat medic 1969  Thank you!!!!

Michael S. Hennig HM1  Navy Served in Vietnam with the 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Division DaNang, 1966-1967 transporting patients to and from the USS Repose. Transported patients from Phu Bai and Chu Lai to the DaNang airport to the medical battalion, and from the medical battalion to the DaNang airport for transfer out of country.

HN Terry Clauer Was a Hospital Corpsman on Guam in 1968 at Asan Annex an advance hospital taking care of wounded Marines and sailors. Spent a year at the largest combat hospital in Vietnam(Station Hospital NSA Danang, at Marble Mountain, worked in ICU and triage. Spent 6 mo. at Support Base Cat- Lo working as a medic.. Vietnam 1967-1970

Major Timothy  S. McKinnon served with the 228th Combat Support Hospital as a Trauma Nurse, and as a Psychiatric Nurse. He served in theatre for . 2004 Mosul, Iraq U.S. Army Reserve

Jeffrey A. Baumgardner  Navy The person that I am submitting for the certificate of appreciation for military medical personnel is my son HM-1 Jeffrey A. Baumgardner (retired).  He is retired as of May 31, 2008 after 20 years of service as a Naval corpsman.  In 1999 while on a Mediterranean cruise with the 26th MEU, 26th MSSG-Medical he and his fellow corpsmen went into Kosovo to establish medical facilities in advance of the US Army.  They came under conctant sniper fire and treated our own personnel as well as the local civilians the were wounded. Jeffrey was also stationed with the 26th MSSG medical group in Iraq from 2004-2005 where he was assigned to Check points, convoys and aid stations in and around the Bagdad area



Staff Sergeant Adrienne Ruiz went above and beyond the call of duty in treating our company First Sergeant when he was hit with shrapnel from RPG fire.  She rendered immediate aid to him, stabilizing him until MEDIVAC arrived.  Her actions in the face of grave danger to herself likely saved his life.  Staff Sergeant Ruiz is a 48 year old woman who first entered the army in 1978, after a 20 year break in service she rejoined the Army Reserve in 2005 in order to lend support to the Global War on Terror.  Twice mobilized in the last 3 years, she is the epitome of selfless service.

John T. Walker Army was a combat medic with 2/506th Inf Abn, 101st Abn Div. 1967-68. Received the Air Medal and 2 Bronze Star Medals, one with "V" device. I retired from the National Guard 2 years ago with 19+ years active duty and almost 40 yrs total service.

Major Diane M. Murphy USAF Aeromedical Evacuation Flight Nurse
439th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Westover ARB, MA 1997-Present

Brian E. Benesh, SP4, combat medic, US Army Served with 566th Med Co and 57th Med Det in Chu Lai, Vietnam, 1969 - 1970.  Medical treatment given to wounded troops on ground ambulance and Air Ambulance (Medevac).  Treatment given enroute to 312th Evac Hospital and 27th Surgical Hospital in Chu Lai.Treatment also given enroute to air strip at Chu Lai for evacuation to Camp Zuma, Japan.Brian is lifetime member of DAV, National Association of Medics and Corpsmen, and US Army Dust Off (Medevac) Association.  He is 100% total and permanent disabled because of his service in Vietnam.

Ronald Ray Abner  Army Combat Medic)with the 2/8 Mech Inf.4th Inf.Div. in Vietnam from Dec 14,69-Oct 28,70 He was wounded on March 15,1970.

SGT Chad Campbell USAF Pararescuemen assigned to the 1722nd STS at pope afb, i was a participant in the panama invasion and operation desert shield/desert storm. i served from 83-91.

SSG E-6 Kerry "Doc" Pardue, Chandler, AZ, Army Combat Medic with 2/47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, Vietnam, 1968-1969 He was also wounded while in Vietnam, He is 100% service connected disabled due to PTSD.

SP5 Terry Wright Army  I am a Vietnam Veteran who served as a Army medic from 1965 - 1968. During that time I spent a tour in Vietnam from August 1966 - August 1967. I was assigned with the 616 Medical Clearing Company at Long Binn, 45 Surgical Hospital at Tay Ninh and the 50th Medical Clearing Company at Long Binn. I am also a Disabled American Veteran with 80% service connected disabilities and 100% medical disability from Social Security. I would consider it a great honor to receive your certificates of appreciation for my service as a medic. Thank you.

SSGT E-6 David L. Casey Army   served in vietnam from 66 to 67, 67 to 68, 69, 70 to 71. He was a 91B20 medic. In 66 to 67 in served as medic with the 1st. Inf. Div.- 3rd Brigade- A Co. 3rd Plt.- 1st/16th Inf.and received the Combat Medical Badge. In 67 to 68 He served with the 145th Combat Avn. Bn. and the 308th Combat Avn. Bn as their senior aidman for the units. In 69 he was with the 18th Eng. Bde.- 19th Eng Bn- B Co. as thier field medic. In 70 to 71 he flew Helicopter Ambulances (Dustoff) out of Binh Tuy and Long Binh. His active duty was from 1964 to 1971. He served in the National Guard and Army Reserves from 1976 to 1989. He received 2 Purple Hearts, 13 Air Medals, Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Flight Wings. He loves this country and her people. His brother was K.I.A. in Vietnam on 25 October 1968.

CWO4 Michael McGrath was a Navy Hospital Corpsman attached to the First Marine Division in the Republic of Viet Nam from Nov,1966 - July, 1967.  He was a Fleet Marine Force Combat Medic who took care of the wounded on the battle field.  He was wounded twice, receiving 2 Purple Hearts

James L. Jacobson ("Jake") Navy  HM2(E-5), USS Repose AH-16, South Vietnam Oct. 1966-Oct. 1967. Senior Corpsman on Surgical Ward.NCO during "Flight Quarters" (Helo landings).Navy Unit Commendation, Vietnam Service Medals.

CPT M. David DeSoucy Army Served as combat medic with B Co,326 Med Bn and A & C Co, 2d Bn, 501st Inf (Geronimo), 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile)from Dec 1967-Dec 1968 in Vietnam in I Corps mostly. Awarded Combat Medical Badge, Bronze Star & Purple Heart Medals. Eventually retired as captain in the 12th Special Forces Group USAR in 1992. Some of combat medic service can be read on the Alpha Avengers website (Some Gave All Award)for KIA members

I am honoring my son, SSG Brett J Bingham, US Army.  He was with the 2/2 ACR when he went to Iraq (Sadr City) April 2003.  He has received the Combat Medic Badge.  He fought as a soldier but did his best to help the wounded.  I am very proud of him.  He is now with TRADOC at Ft. Sill, OK teaching lifesaving techniques to the soldiers. 434 BN 1-22 FA HHS Medical Utility Evac Section Chief

E4 Bruce E. Patrick Army I'm a combat line medic with the 82nd Airborne Division. We just recently returned from 15 months in Afghanistan where I was line medic for my platoon. I treated several of my guys and am thankful that we all made it home. I'm a Spc promotable with the 4th brigade combat team, 73rd Cavalry (Recon).

I am submitting my son E3 Kerry Garrett,  Army, he is now stationed at Ft.Bragg, Nc, he is a Combat Medic. He served in a deployment in Iraq for a year. His year over there was from March 25 2007 until March 17 2008.

HM2 John R. Roberts, Navy served in Vietnam,CAC, Oscar II, Khe Sanh,Quang Tri Province,Vietnam 1967-68. Commissioned 2nd LT,USMCR-Capt 1971 --1983.

Benny M. Ashley was in the Air Force as a surgical operating room specialist, from l964-l968 (AF18704065).  He was stationed at Clark AFB in the Phillipine's from l966-l967 (18 months), and was assigned to the surgical operating team at the base hospital.  Clark AFB was one site used for air evacing Viet Nam casualties the duration of the 18 months.  The operating team was exposed to many deaths, amputations, severely injured, and continued daily surgical treatments, trying to establish the patient's health, to a condition where they could then be flown on to the U.S., for further treatments.  He received the Air Force Commendation Medal during his stay at Clark AFB.  Like so many others, he has PTSD from being exposed to these deaths and injuries, and has trouble living with the memories.  He currently is classified 50% disabled through the VA.  Please consider him for your certificate.


SSG Manuel M. Alcantara, Army Medic, HAAF, Savannah, GA. 3rd ID, Served in Iraq Jan. 2005 - Jan 2006, and again with HHC 3 CAB Unit 43394 from July 2007 until present - He will return to HAAF, Savannah, GA July-Aug. 2008
I am his wife, Sharon R. ALcantara   Thank you!

SPC Patrick Piotrowski Army  served in Iraq with the 501st PIR from November 2006 to December 2007 as a medic, treating combat casualties there at FOB Iskan. He enlisted in September 2004, attended medic training, then Airborne, then went to Ft. Richarson. He picked up his Ranger tab prior to deployment to Iraq.He is stationed at Ft. Richardson,AK with end of enlistment coming up very soon. Due to terminal leave and early out for school, he will be leaving at end of June 2008.

I'm writing to you about my son Sgt Jeremiah Price-Picon, Army, he is currently serving in Iraq. (Second Tour).  He is a Scout Medic for HHC 1-502nd, 2nd BCT, 101st ABN Div (AASLT. He is one of a bunch of caring, dedicated medics that would do anything to save the life of a brother.  I will never forget the night before he left to leave for Iraq.  He was laying on his bunk staring at the ceiling and I asked him what he was thinking about.  He hesitated a moment and said "Mom what happens if I can't save them all." My heart goes out to them all because they take their job to heart and want to save them all. (If only they could). This tour has been hard for their section,   they have lost several medics and had more medics injuried. The ones that are left continue to work with the same deication and professionalism and honor to their fallen commrades.  Thanks for taking the time to honor them. A Proud Army Medic Mom.

HM2 Howard Bosch Navy  Served 6 months as Corpsmen "C"co.1st.Bn-4th.Mar.Reg.-3rd Marine Division in northern "I"corps Viet Nam.Also 6 months at forward Bn.Aid Station Vandergrift Combat Base Viet Nam.

HM3 Mark P. Stitzel Navy  I was an FMF Navy combat corpsman, attached to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, RVN, from Dec '66 to Dec '67.  I was a platoon medic, participating in daily patrols and night ambushes from Dec '66 until the day I was wounded , May 25th, 1967.  In the months just prior to my being wounded Charlie Company was suffering a casualty rate of approximately 65%.  That kept all the corpsmen in the company very busy. Most people are unaware that Fleet Marine Navy Corpsmen serve two corps, the Navy Hospital Corps, and The Marine Corps.  Corpsmen by trade are "life savers, not life takers".  Even so, during the Vietnam War, 620 were KIA or mortally wounded.  Another 3,353 were wounded in action.

Commander Major Christopher Lutke  Army 08/28/05   11/08/06   Operation Iraqi Freedom   Illinois Army National Guard   C. CO. 205th Area Support Medical Battalion, Task Force 61, Commander Major Christopher Lutke, Medical Platoon Sergeant (Emergency Response Team)   Balad (LSA Anaconda), Iraq.

My husband MSG Francis Archambeault , Army, was a medic for two tours in Vietnam. He was assigned to the 1st Calvary Div.attached to the Americal,and Fourth Divisions and was assigned to "A" Battery 3/18th Artillery. Francis went on many undocumented missions and administered medical aid to those wounded in action. He was an outstanding soldier and was awarded the Bronze Star at Chu Lai before the 68 tet offensive. During tet Francis was a medic at Dak To and was in base camp when it was fired upon with rockets and artillery from the enemy. Now,what was to be the best time of his life, he suffers from PTSD and his symtoms are severe.Although it effects us all we understand what he has been through. We are proud of him and what he did to help maintain our freedom

My husband, SSGT. Wayne W. Campbell, Army,  he was at Bagram in Afghanistan from Feb. 2006 to March 2007. He was a supply Sgt. However, during down time he would go to outpost and assist as a field medic. He was with the 219th Task Force Tiger, which is now disbanded. I know that he assisted with both locals and military, but he wouldn't say too much about what he saw.He would never ask for any kind of recognition, for what he did. He would feel that he was just doing what needed to be done, nothing special. That it was his duty to help others. If you need any other information please let me know and I will try to get it.However he is still a reservist who is on active duty orders.

Irvin L. Smith a U S Army veteran. I entered the millitary in June of 1967, and was discharged in June of 1970. I served in Vietnam from November 1967 to November 1968. I was a medic, and served with the 1st Cav. I am currently 50% disable. I have a purple Heart, am Army Commendation metal with V device, and the other metals, and certifications that come with service during that time.

E5 Mike Lamprecht served in Vietnam in 1969/70 at the 95th Evac Hospital in DaNang.  He was a surgical technician, medic and dustoff medic during this time and contributed to the saving of lives of many who came thru those doors. 

Joel C. Peyton(Sp5) Army Company B, 1/27 Inf, 25th Inf Div-Republic of Vietnam. 1969-70.  Specialist Peyton was a combat medic assigned to the First Wolfhounds.  Specialist Peyton distinguished himself by heroic actions on 11 June 1969 while serving as a medic in the Republic of Vietnam  He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action.

John W Turner, USNR active duty in Viet Nam 5-67, 5-68.Field Medic with the USMC 2nd Bn, 1st Marines Echo Co.
Sr. Company Corpsman

SFC Renee Anker Indiana Army  National Guard service in Iraq from 2005 to 2006. She was the senior medic with the 738th Medical Company from Indiana in charge at a battlion aid station at Faluga, Iraq. Injured soldiers where treated or stablized before being transfered to the hospital. She finished her tour at a hospital near Bagdad which was not in the "green zone". There she was slightly injured when a motar went off near her and two other medics. Renee is the mother of 2 sons and 3 step-daughters. Her husband Jeff took care of their children and the family farm.Renee is a LPN and has about 2 more years to comlete her RN. She is still active in the Indiana National Guard with about 18 years of services. Renee told me that she would have stayed in Iraq, but her family needed her at home. She is more than willing to return to Iraq when and if her unit is called up again.


Specialist Fourth Class John F. Mullins Army .  Junior medic on Special Forces Detachment A-18, Camp Loc Ninh, Republic of Vietnam, February - July 1963.  Sp-4 Mullins treated both US and Vietnamese wounded during a series of combat patrols and camp battles.  In most cases, evacuation was not immediately possible, thus Mullins and the senior medic, SSG Leo Violette, were required to stabilize and treat combat wounded for extended periods of time.  Their efforts were rewarded by the fact that no wounded person died while under their care.  Sp-4 Mullins was awarded the Combat Medic's badge for this effort.  Mullins was later commissioned 2Lt., and served two more combat tours as an officer.  Not neglecting his medical experience, Mullins continued to treat combat wounded during operations in which their were either no medics present, or where the medics were overwhelmed by the number of casualties.

E 4 Roy W. Skaggs III, Army   4th Infantry Division Plieku, RVN Served in 1967 TDY with 173rd Airborne Decision Dakto, RVN

E5 John 'DOC' Lesniak Army   Combat Medic 173rd Airborne 4th/503rd Viet Nam May69/May70 Awarded CMB I was a medic on the ground in Viet Nam.

My husband, Nelson E. Luce, Major USA (ret), Army a Medical Service Corp Officer, 4th Platoon Commander of the 45th Air Ambulasnce at Lai Khe, Republic of Vietnam, in direct support of the 1st Infantry Division (The Bog Red One)1967-1968.Major Luce's call sign: Dustoff 46. This year he will celebrate his 80th birthday and it owuld be a wonderful honor for him to receive this certificate, as well as his medic. Medic Dennis Telischek flew with Major Luce and was with him on the night of March 18-19,1968 when they extracted 87 patients of 3d. Battalion,187th Airborne Infantry Regiment,101st Airborne Division during 19 sorties into a hot landing emeny zone. On the 19th sortie they were shot down, survived, rescued alive.These men all live up to the highest standards set by Major Charles Kelly,killed in action in Vietnam when he said upon being ordered to leave a hot landing zone, said,"When I Have Your Wounded."

Spec 4 Dennis F. Black  Army was a combat medic with the First Cavalry Division Company's B and C with the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry in Vietnam from July 1969 to July 1970.  HIs MOS was 91B20 and he was awarded the combat medical badge

Mark Bjishkian, HM 3 USNR-Ret. 1966  United States Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class, Golf Company 2/3 USMC.  During Operation Allegany, Mark was serving as a medical corpsman with the Marines.  After a week of fierce fire fights, with having helped many, Mark was severely wounded in the course of caring for his men. He continued to help his fallen comrades, refusing help till all his men were cared for and medivaced out. For his actions Mark was awarded the Silver Star Medal.

I am submitting my Uncle, Sgt John L. Bagley, Army who served in the Korean War as an U.S. Army Medic.  He was drafted and served in Korea in a combat zone, 1952-53

My husband E5 John J. Conlon Army  was a medic in HHc 10th ava doug bi tin republic of vietnam. He spent much time on helicopters bringing the boys to safty or home for care, or just home to rest. He spent much time in that agent orange.Has cancer now. spent many days in hot LZ's with his peers. He never shot a gun, He prayed everynight he wouldn't have to, but to save his men he would.Itwasa tuff job life expect. I think was 10 days.God bless the medics.

1Sgt Benjamin N Turner, USA Ret currently in Flower Mound, TX Combat Medic, Grenada

Sgt James Hall Army served as a Medic in 1969-70 with the 2/35th Infantry 4th infantry Division. He distinguished himself many times on the battlefield in Vietnam. he is currently the President of the 35th Infantry association and is still working to preserve the memory of those he couldn't help

MSG(R) John T. Walker Army 2nd Bn 506th Infantry ABN 101st Airborne Div Republic of Viet Nam 1967-68 Combat Medic Bronze Star with Valor Device Air Medal

Donald Johnson, Army enlisted in the Military at 18 years old. He served as  Medic in 1968-69 with the 2/35th Infantry 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam. His compassion and bravery on the battlefield is greatly appreciated yet today by the infantrymen he served with. Today Don is the founder and past President of the 35th Infantry association and still devotes his time to the men he served with.
Wiley Dodd Sergeant at Arms
35th Infantry association

My husband, Cpt Mark J Pion US Army Reserve 399th Combat Support Hospital Tikrit Iraq   He just returned from Iraq in November of 2007  He honestly feels like the job he did over there was nothing to be refered to as a hero but he needs to understand that without his talents as a nurse helping our soldiers who were wounded through difficult times perhaps the most difficult times in there lives is a job to be recognized for he is a combat medic and recieved that honor while he was enlisted went on to be a nurse and has served both in Desert Shield/Storm and now this Iraq conflict I am sure the lives he has touched were and are thankful for his service. I know I am.

Dr. Thomas Dimitry, I was a Navy combat corpsman attached to a USMC Infantry rifle platoon in Vietnam during October of 1969. On October 16, 1969 28 Marines and myself were ambushed in the Que Son mountains and suffered 1 KIA and 12-14 wounded.

Joseph J. Murno Army  My Dad, who is now deceased, was a medic during WWII.  He didn't talk much about the war, and we don't really know what he did as a medic, but he was in Italy and France.  I would like to get him the honor for the sake of my mother.  His name was Joseph J. Murno, from Brooklyn, NY

HM3 Richard Hamming Navy  was a Hospital Corspman in the U.S. Navy and attached to the U.S. Marines in Vietnam. I served in Vietnam from May 1967 to May 1968. I attended many wounded and received a Purple Heart myself.

I am submitting for recognition SGT Rick Dodge  Army of Kenosha Wisconsin who served as a Combat Medic with the 11th Armored Cavalry in Viet Nam.  Rick is also Past Commander of VFW Post 1865 in Kenosha.

U.S. Army Capt. Donna Rowe. Head nurse of shock, trauma & triage at the field hospital in Saigon Viet Nam 1967 to 1968. They received wounded right off of the Med Evac (Dustoff) flights and in many cases started care or treatment as they were being brought in to the hospital.

My husband Ssgt Douglas Caldwell enlisted in the USAF in February 1998. He was deployed to Al Udeid, Qatar in 2005. While there he was a part of transporting patients and treating the wounded as well. My husband is my hero.The strength that he has and support of this country is outstanding. I commend him and all members for selfless job that they do everyday. We are now stationed at Travis AFB and he is a dialysis technician.   

Don C. Wilson, U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman, Republic of Viet Nam, MACV-I CORPS, Danang,RVN, 1967 & 1968, Wounded during Rocket attack at Camp Tien Sha, Nov 1967 while giving first aid to Vietnamese Marines.

John F. Palmer former HM2/USN/FMF served as on Operating Room Technician with 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade and with the 1st Medical Battalion, DaNang, Viet Nam in 1969.

Perry Melvin HM3, USN, service in Vietnam with the 3rd Marines in a Combined Action Platoon 1-3-5 from October 1969 to February 1970. Living 24/7 in villages with 8 Marines who trained the local man to protect their village from the VC and NCA, while helping build houses, dig wells and plant rice.  Doc Melvin performed daily sick call with the villagers, when out on all patrols and was the counselor and friend to all the Marines.  He saved several lives during fire fights - having been awarded the Navy Achievement with "V" and the Purple Heart.

HM2 E-5 Barry R. Stevens Hospital Corpsman Vietnam , 1st Batt 26th Marines Served in I Corps '68 to '69 Awarded Purple Heart Navy Marine Corps Medal

SP4 Keith Vierling Army Medic 1st Infantry Division Vietnam 1968-1969


Michael D. Monlezun Sr. - Naval Hospital, Saigom Vietnam Sep 1963--Aug 1964.  Assisted emergency room doctors in debriding wounds and suturing. USS Sanctuary (AH-17) Dec 1968 - July 1969. Occasionally Assisted with helicopter evacuations to ship from Quang Tri, Vietnam.

Our son,Jonathan Kromer, is a combat medic currently serving in Afghanistan since May, 2007. He should be returning to his home base in Germany soon, but we don't have the exact date. He won't be able to let us know until he actually arrives in Germany. He has seen and experienced a lot over there and we have been ever so thankful for all of the prayers that have been sent up for him because that is what we attribute his safety to. If you want to know any more, please contact me at my e-mail address. Thank you so much for all that you have been and are currently doing for our service men and women.  Evie Kromer

Col Jim Truscott Army  medical evacuation helicopter pilot in Vietnam in 1965 and 1968, flying 2009 combat missions, 1700 combat flying hours, and evacuating 5,232 patients.  He earned the Silver Star, 5 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 53 Air Medals, and 2 Bronze Stars.

John David Stephenson, Navy Hospital Corpsman, USN, DaNang, RVN; NSA Station Hospital, NSA POL, 2/66 - 3/68.

Sgt E-6  DONALD D.SAMS  III  Army combat medic served in vietnam,1966.serced with 1st Cavalry division [airmoble].hhc 1st Bn 5th cav,attached to A company 1/5th cav.Reg Combat Medic Badge ordered 2 june 1966.served as combat infantry medic with 1st platoon A company 1st Batt 5th Reg.on patrols seach/destroy missions.ACTIVE DATES OF SERVICE AUG 1965-DEC 1968.RESERVE DUTY USAFR, 31ST AIR EVAC CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE CHARLESTON S.CAROLINA,ATTACHED TO 85TH AIR EVAC USAF.
He practices as a Physician Assistant.

John M Knowles Served as Navy Hospital Corpsman with 1st Marine Air Wing in Viet Nam, 1964, 1965-1966, 1972. Received 5 Air Medals for over 100 combat medical evacuations, Navy Comendation Medal for treating wounded under fire, 3 Presidential Unit and 3 Navy Unit Comendation Medals, Combat Action Medal and a bunch of other awards. I am 100% disabled from effects of Agent Orange related diseases and PTSD.

SP/4 Melvin Howell Army was a combat field medic with the 1/506 inf. 101st. Airborne 1968-1969 in the Ashau Valley, South Vietnam.In my opinion, real heros give their lives for our country, but Doc Howell is a true live hero. A decorated combat medic who put his fellow soldiers always before himself. He have a pasionate love for America & our Stars & Strips

My son, Captain John Wayne Paul, from MacDill AFB, FL is on his 5th voluntary tour to SW Asia.  He is a Physician Assistant, Jumpmaster and Flight Surgeon.  He has earned the Bronze Star and the Soldier's Medal among other medals for his service there.  He earned the soldier's medal when he and his assistant drove through an exploding ammunition dump to treat casualties that were in a Bradley that was blown up by the scrapnel from the ammo dump.  His citation read something like, "while all others were falling back he and his medic went forward to treat the casualties".  Some of the soliders he saved overseas have come to visit him which was very humbling. He is currently deployed with the 160th SOAR, but has deployed with the 101st, 4th ID, and several times with Special Operations Forces.  He has volunteered for these deployments whenever he knows of a unit that is short medical support in order to serve and protect the most valuable asset the military has, its soldiers.  My son is my hero.

Pfc Harold J. Haack,Jr US Army Arrived in Korea in late 1950. Was a Combat Infantryman from Dec - May
1950. In may I was assigned to G-Co 5th Cav, where I became a Combat Medic. While treating wounded I myself was wounder on 6 June. After returning from the Hosp. I was assigned to the Medical Collecting Co.5th Cav. There we stablized the wounded for transport back to Division.

1LT G. R. Potter, Army MSC - Battalion Surgeon Assistant, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment (Wolfhounds), Cu Chi, Republic of Vietnam.  Recipient of the Combat Medical Badge and other awards.  Served from July 1967 until January 1968.  Led the medical platoon and served in the absence of an assigned battalion surgeon.  Rendered and directed life saving medical treatment and evacuation on several occasions.

Rocco "Doc" DeRosa Army  was our platoon medic and a good one.  He was attached to B Company, 2nd/35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam, 1966-67.  Serving with an infantry platoon is the most dangerous and difficult job a medic can do.  Doc DeRosa treated many casualties during his tour and is the proud owner of a CMB.  I am honored to nominate Doc DeRosa for this certificate of appreciation from the Silver Star Families.  John Lorts, B
2/35, Vietnam 1966-67.


John David Richard del Castillo/HM2/Served with 2/4 in Ramadi in 2007/wounded while patrolling (suicide bomber) Navy

Richard Cunnare,SP/5 Army,(retired)1967-1968 served as crew chief and was cross trained as a medic. He flew missions for the 45th Air Ambulance stationed at Lai Khe,Republic of Vietnam where Major Nelson E. Luce was Platoon Commander.He flew with Major Luce the night of March 18-19,1968 where they extracted and treated 87 injured soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment,101st Airborne Division.

SGT. David R. Shipman  a.k.a.  "DOC" Shipman Served with the Georgia Army National Guard 1/108th armor/48th inf. Brigade during operation iraqi freedom from 2005 may till 2006 may . Doc Shipman was with Charlie Company 1/108th armor most of the time ,south of baghad in al yusifiyah. There Doc Shipman was the NCOIC of the companies medics ,Doc's team of medics and him self seen to over forty medivacs from there and a few outside the area. Doc always put his men first and never quit going on patrols  outside the wire . Doc came under fire alot helping the wounded and the civilians caught in the cross fire and ied's. Doc Shipman recieved the following medals while in iraq. The Bronze Star, The Army Commendation with "V" device for VALOR under fire while working on the wounded, The COMBAT MEDIC BADGE , Two Army Achievement medals , The Iraq Campaign Medal ,The Global War On Terrorism Service Medal,The Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" Device. God Bless Our MEDICS, Thanks DOC's..4th Alabama 167th A CO. Alabama Army National Guard .

Jeffrey Willis Army for over 9 years, and was deployed with the 159th medevac in Iraq 2003. Where I treated many soliders. I also just got back from Afghanistan with the C co 3/82 medevac in 2008. I also preformed many life saving events with my medic. I am a crewchief for one but medic at heart.

SSG Thomas L. "Egor" Johnson Army served with the 57th Medical Detachment (Hel Amb) for 3 tours of duty in Vietnam, 1065-66; 1067-68; and 1970-71.  Flew Medical Evacuation on 2598 combat mission and evacuated 2998 patients while in combat.

Lieutenant Orlando "Bill" Hardin Allin, Jr  I am nominating my father, former Army Air Corps First Lieutenant Orlando "Bill" Hardin Allin, Jr. who served during World War II in the European Theatre of Operations.
Lt. Allin was a C-47 pilot with the 87th Troop Carrier Squadron of the 438th Troop Carrier Group of the 53rd Top Carrier Wing, Ninth Air Force.  Including being wingman for the group commander that delivered the first airborne troops into France on D-Day and the other major allied airborne operations in mainland Europe, Dad on numerous occasions retrieved wounded soldiers from battle zones in France, Belgium and into Germany.  On December 23, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, he and his squadron were the first to deliver, under intense German anti-aircraft and ground fire, the first airborne medical supplies, food and ammunition to the surrounded and beleaguered troops thereby enabling the American forces to withstand the encroaching Nazis until Patton s Third Army arrived three days later to lift the siege.
Sometime after D-Day he was evacuating wounded from an advance base in France back to England.  The weather turned very bad and all but one fighter airbase on the coast was socked in.  The base was a short and narrow grass-strip lined with RAF Spitfires perched atop the sheer Dover cliffs over the English Channel. Fighting fierce crosswinds, driving rain, running low on fuel, and refusing to return to France when the wounded needed immediate aid, he lowered the plane onto the slick runway.  Quickly approaching the edge of the runway that ended at the cliff drop-off, he jammed the starboard brakes, wheeling the aircraft around and applied full-throttle to the two engines to bring the aircraft to rest.  The wounded were quickly evacuated to the nearest hospital.Waving aside the incredible flying skills he used to bring his crew and wounded safely down, Dad would joke that he almost became an enemy ace that day as several fighter planes stationed at-the-ready along the runway were narrowly avoided. Additionally his Troop Carrier Wing delivered supplies by air to starving civilians in Holland who were cut off from liberation when retreating German Army units breached the Dutch dike system to keep out Allied forces.  At the end of the war he also flew critically ill liberated allied prisoners-of-war back to England for emergency treatment.
Gary Allin

Specialist 4 Paul Greaux Army of Hollywood, Florida. He was a medic with 1/506th, 101st Airborne in I Corp Viet Nam. Assigned to D. Co. from Aug. of 1968 to Aug. of 1969. Most of our tour was spent in and around the A-Shaw valley. I was a medic with A Co. and assigned to D. Co. for a short time and we both have recieved the combat medical badge. We did our best for the wounded in our respective platoons. He deserves all and any recognition that can be given for his dedication and unwavering concern and care for his wounded men. 

Sgt Robert C. Stead Army  Operation Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Kuwait to Iraq March 2003 to Sept 2003 Combat Medic 3rd Infantry Division Mech Awarded the Combat Medics Badge for services to soldiers during the war.

1 Lt. John J. McGowan Army Dustoff pilot with 57th Med Det (Hel Amb)in Vietnam from 11 Oct. 1964 to 11 Oct. 1965. Later served as an air ambulance pilot in Japan mid 1966 to Dec. 1968 flying the evacuated wounded from Vietnam. We picked them up at either Yakota or Tachikawa AF bases and flew them to US hospitals in Yokohama and the Tokyo area. These 10 minute flights eliminated a 5 to 7 hour ambulace bus trip. Also flew Med. Evac. helicopters in Korea from Dec. 1968 to Dec. 1969.

Travis Robichaux is currently serving in Afghanistan as a medic with a Marine unit out of Camp Pendleton California.  He joined the Navy in August of 2000 and has served three tours in IRAQ; two as a medic for a Marine Recon unit out of 29 Palms.  His first tour was with the Devil Docs in 2003, the first Frontline Resuscitative Surgical System (FRSS) unit to serve in IRAQ (CNN had a one hour special).  Travis has provided vital medical treatment for many of our Marines & Soldiers throughout his 4 tours of duty.  In fact, I found a letter that he sent regarding a Marine needing immediate medical attention.  Travis and two other Marines got separated from their unit during a fire fight and had to dig in a defensive position behind a berm.  The surgical company was only 500 meters away but they had three problems; a mine field between them and the surgical company, they were taking on sniper fire, and the Marines condition was worsening.  Travis took out his  handy blue light and started flashing an S.O.S.  The Marine Sergeant told him to stop because they would not see the SOS and he did not want to get shot.  Travis looked up at the Sgt and said;  we have two choices, you run across the mine field and get help, or I flash an SOS.  The Sgt quickly responded,  OK DOC SOS.  A few minutes later an ambulance rolled up to get them out and back to the SST.  Travis worried that his SOS would go un-noticed but his friend said  the whole surgical company saw it .  One smart Medic and one bright light saved a Marines life that night. We lost our youngest son Chance last November, a Marine Corporal who served proudly.  Travis is our oldest and even with the loss of his brother we could not convince him to stay out of a combat zone.  Travis is devoted to being a medic, serving his country, and saving lives and I would never take that away from my son.
J. Robichaux Gunnery Sergeant, USMC Retired

James E. Hitchings Navy I am a retired Hospitalman Chief Petty Officer and served with MAG-12 and MAG-13, ChuLai, RVN from December 1968 to November 1969. As HM1 I flew as the medic on CH-46 Marine Helicopters. We were hit by sniper fire and a Marine Corporal was hit on the back of his right thigh because he was not sitting on his flack jacket. Gave treatment while we flew him to Americal Field Hospital. We flew patients from the field to field hospitals. I had to quit flying when I was promoted to HMC and was medical supervisor at the Navy Dispensary, Chu Lai, RVN

Pedro A. Provencio, Jr.(SFC,U.S.Army,Retired) HHC 2/60 Infantry, 3rd Bde. 9th Inf.Division, Vietnam Jan.67-Jan.68 (Senior Medic)

Charles W. S. Jezycki, USAMCJ Assn. Secty/Treas. I just found out about your organization through I will be supplying you with several other nominees who have earned the coveted Combat Medic Badge. Thank you so much for your support of the Medic/Corpsman of all of our Services. They truly deserve it!! Should you decide to award our Nominee the Certificate, would appreciate it if you would send it to me so that our President can present it to him at our Annual Reunion of the USAMCJ Assn. at San Antonio, TX, 13-17 August, 2008.

Marvin W. Cole's first overseas assignment was to the US Army Medical Center at Sagami-Ono, Camp Zama, Japan. After Practical Nurse training(91c) MOS, he was assigned as Senior Medic with the 2/27 Infantry, the Wolfhounds, in Viet Nam. He lost 22 Medics in 1962 and was wounded himself. He was awarded the Bronze Star, ARCOM with V, Purple Heart and the Combat Medic Badge. At the end of his year, he was able to transfer back to Japan. He retired from the Army with 31+ years of service. Cole is employed as a Physician's Assistant at Madigan Army Hospital in WA at this time. He is currently an Active Member of, among other organizations, the US Army Medical Command Japan Association

MSG Charles K Allen My husband served in Vietnam as a medic 1964/1965. Please log on to click on Hall of Fame link.  He was awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart,BSM w/V device 4 OLC for treating the wounded.  My husband retired after 20 years as a Medic.  He was seated in the dustoff Hall of Fame in 2004 at Ft Sam Houston Texas. Submitted by Betty Allen wife

Keith J. Harrison Army  Served on active duty from 2003 until 2005 during this he served as a combat medic for the 30th Brigade 1/120th CCo. He earned his combat medic badge during this tour.  He servd a total of 24+ years and medically retired this past January.

Gary J. Winkler, Sp-4, Medic, 101st Airborne Division.,Nov 7, 1968. Kill in Action,Jun 9,1969, Quangtin, S. Vietnam.    William Powell Sp-5, Medic 101st Airborne Division,1969-70,BronzeStar Medal for Valor on Hamberger Hill, Died May 1993 Intermint, Tahoma National Cemetary,Washington State.

1st Lt. Claude Morgan, Army 45th Air Ambulance,Lai Khe,Republic of Vietnam 1967-1968. He was Major Nelson Luce's co-pilot on the night of 18-19 March 1968 in rescuing 87 wounded of the 3rd Battalion, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

Master Chief Wentzel  Navy served with 2nd and 3rd Battalion 11 Marines in Chu Li, Vietnam from February 1966 to April 1967.  On one occasion Master Chief Wentzel entered a mine field to treat five marines and two Navy Hospital Corpsmen who were injured in the mine field.

Sgt Jerry Austin  Army I was in the medical company of 31st inf reg 7th inf div in korea from sept 15-1950 to october 27th 1951 I was litter bearer and aid man and received the purple heart in dec 1950.I have the combat medical badge and combat infantry badge I was in 6 major battles during that time period

Charles Hazlehurst USAR I served in an air medical evacuation (Dustoff) unit in Chu Lai, Vietnam 1968-1969.  I was a 1LT, MSC, USAR at the time. We evacuated many men, women and children during my year there.  There were combatants and civilians.  The bravery and dedication of my fellow soldiers was outstanding.

Steve O'Keefe Navy Viet nam with Bravo company 1st Bat 7th marine reg 1st Marine division  he was a combat corpsman He Patched up a lot of guys when he got hurt he refused to leave until everyone else was evacated

COL Edward J. Taylor, Jr. Army, Medical Service Corps Officer, Medical Evacuation Helicopter Pilot, Republic of Vietnam, May 1968 - May 1969.  Flew 800 hours in a Huey Helicopter treating and evacuating wounded, sick, and injured American Military, RVN Military and civilian casualities both day and night in good and bad weather conditions.

PAUL L. PATTERSON Army I was a combat medic with the 23rd, Div 11 brig. 1\20 inf, D. company from may 1970 thru feb 1971. Stationed at Mo Duc, Duc pho in Quang Nhai province, I was called the "Mad Doc" by my fellow infantrymen.  I was also decorated 4 times for combat related action in Viet Nam.  Our primary LZ's were named LZ "LIZ" and LZ "Montezuma". near my tour end because of combat related injuries I was sent to an outpost location called "Hill 104".. If any one knows me and remembers The Mad Doc please get in touch....Mad Doc

Paul A. Greaux Army,SP/4 was a combat field medic with the 1/506 inf. 101st ABN DIV, August 1968 to August 1969 Vietnam. Earned his C. M.B. on his first trip to the field.

Then Maj. Vincent Cedola Army Served 2 tours of duty as the Commanding Officer of the 571st Medical Detatchment(helicopter ambulance) Maj. Cedola personaly flew countless missions ,during the Viet Nam war,evacuating wounded soldiers. He came under enemy fire many times. The 571st was part of the 44th Medical Brigade.He retired after 20yrs.serv. as a Lt. Col. VN serv.'67,'68 Phu Bai RVN

HM1 Michael D. Burkey USN (Ret) Combat/Evac Corpsmen MSSG-24/ 24th MAU Beirut, Lebanon 1982-1983

RICHARD E. KNUPP Army crew chief in a the 82nd med det(HA) dust-off in vietnam in 1967.we were in soc trang vietnam and had 6 helicopters to cover the south end of vietnam.

John M. DeMuth Army I saw this on and hesitated to even respond to this, as I am a humble man that needs no further acknowledgement of what I did in the Viet Nam War. However, my Grandson would love to see this as part of his collection of Grandpa's service! I served with the 101st Airborne Division, 2/501st infantry as a Combat medic in both Platoon strength and Recon units. I was involved in the treatment of our wounded, as well as serving as a rifleman. I was awarded the Combat Medic Badge, which is the only medal I am Proud of, one of many...I later served with the 498th Air Ambulance (Dustoff) as a Dustoff Flight Medic. Thank God for our Brave soldiers that sacrificed so much, for (at the time) an ungrateful nation. America stands Free today due to the mettle of such men...

Garry DOC Hodges, Army  the summer of 1969 in Heip Duc, AK Valley, Que Son Vally, Tam Ky and Tam Ky Province RVN Awwarded the first CMB in May of 1969, the second CMB in Sept. of 1969 in the Vallies During the summer of 1969 they called it DEATH VALLEY. Bravo Co. 4/31st 196th LIB  God Bless the One's We Could Save, God has Blessed the Lost Comrades from those ugly days of our lifes.......

Karen Libera Schweitzer was deployed to Iraq from October 2005-2006.  She served in Al Asad and Balad and worked directly with soldiers injured because of the war effort as a medic.  She has been in the Illinois Army National Guard for the past 5 years and has achieved the rank of SGT/E5.

Corperal Earl Metzel was a Medical Aidman in the Korean War from 52 to 54.station'd in Wonju South Korea ,with the 11th Evacuation Hosp.SMBLE unit also involved with the Big and Little switch of prisoner's exchange at Munsanee  S.Korea.Hosp.later closed and sent back state side

Terry L. Shifflett, served as U.S. Army Medic, with the 2nd. ACR Med Troop, and assigned to 1st. Armored Division, during Desert Storm. from Dec. 1990 to April 1991, as a "Dirty Medic", (chemical decomtamination).

William J. "Doc Jeep" Boatman served with the 3rd bn 7th marines in vietnam from oct 66 to apr 67.  Participated in action in the Quang Tri Provence and in the Dai Loc Area southwest of DaNang as a field medical corpsman.  Recieved the Combat Action Ribbon and Presidental Unit Citation while attached to the Marines.

John H. Wood  Army served as a combat medic with the 25th Infantry Division, 4th Bn. 23rd Infantry in Vietnam from June 1967 to June 1968. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal for Valor. He was in the field during the TET offensive of '68. He is proud to have served his country but is still suffering the effects of PTSD 40 years later. The Medics serving in Iraq need the help we did not receive when we returned home.

Major Steven Lehr USAF Served as a Critical Care Air Transport Team nurse from Jan-May 2006 flying casualties from Iraq to Germany

Major Rebecca Lehr USAF Served in Kuwait as an Aeromedical Staging Facility nurse from Feb-Jun 2004 supporting OIF. Served in Iraq as a ward nurse at Balad Theater Hospital from Jan-May 2006.


Philip L. Stern served as a Navy Combat Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman with Mike Co, 3rd BN, 5th Marine Reg, 1st Marine Division in Vietnam in 1967-68.  He was awarded the Silver Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

Charlie Whaley  Army served with the 571st. and the 237th. Dust-Off units in Vietnam from 1968 until 1970.  Charlie was a crewchief and assisted the medic in treating the wonded.  Charlie has 24 combat Air Medals, 1 Purple Heart and the Solder's Medal for his action in rescuing a gunship crew that was shot down in the DMZ.

Mel Baxter HM3 US Navy I was just forwarded this by a friend. I served as a hosptial corpsman during the VietNam war.(HM3 USN) I was assigned as a platoon corpsman to the 1st BN 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division RVN from June 1968 through May 1969. I was wounded on Sept 27th while on operations. I received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with V. Both are documented in my DD214 Discharge from the Service. During my 9 months in the field I treated many Marines during the combat phases of our operations.

SSG Mark A. Lee is a ARMY Medic and Instructor (68W30F8) recently redeployed from Operation Iraqi Freedom who served in Balad (central Iraq) and Adiwania (Southern Iraq), Iraq at LSA Anaconda and Camp Echo 2007 through 2008.

Major Ron Carlson Medical Service Corps I would be honored to have in my possesion a Certificate of Appreciation presented to helicopter pilots involved in transporting the wounded in Vietnam.  I was stationed with the 82 Med. Det. (HA).  "DustOff 3" was my call sign.  The unit was located in Soc Trang, Vietnam during 1965-1966. During the time there, I logged over 850 hours flying a medical evacuation helicopter.  After returning home I left the Army and am now enjoying retirement.  We do keep in touch with a few of the guys who I served with.

SSG  Richard M Miller I served in Viet-Nam Jan 1968-Jan 1969 as a combat-medic with B Battery 1/5 Arty 1st Inf Div.I treated several wounded soldiers and I thank God for his guidance and how he protected me and let me come back to the USA. The only problems I have is the healthh effects from the agent orange that I was exposed to. Again my God has helped me through cancer,diabetes,neurapathy,PTSD,heart problems, and high blood.The VA has give me 40% disability for my problems.I am proud to serve my country for 10 yrs in the Army as a combat-medic.I am Richard M MIller of South Carolina.

Thomas Mark Lowe  Army served in and around FOB Warrior, Kirkuk Iraq from May 2005 to June 2006. He was a combat medic 18D with ODA 2073, A CO 3/20th SFG (A) during which time he was personally involved in the treatment and medevac of several American casualties and the treatment and/or medevac of dozens of Iraqi Army personnel and civilians. SSG Lowe was awarded the Bronze Star for work in Iraq and for treating an Air Force EOD sergeant injured by sniper fire south of Kirkuk and for initiating and operating medical clinics in several austere environments in Iraq.

James E. Fitzgerald  Army was serving as a Field Medic with ACo, 1stBn, 50th Mechanized Infantry on 26 March 1968 when he saved my and several other lives after our APC was destroyed by a land mine. He went on to serve many more months saving more lives earning even more honor and respect from those around him. He was wounded himself on 5 May 1968 and returned to the field.

Jeffrey O'Flynn Army combat medic with the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq in 2003-2004. He was the recipient of the Combat Medics badge, Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his dedication and valor in taking care of the wounded on the battlefield in Iraq.

C. Steven Figueroa, Army OR tech, Spec. 5, 45th Surgical Hospital, Tay Ninh, VN, Aug 68 to Aug 69.  Proud to have served and thanks for recognition of medical personnel

Spc Samuel L. Smith, Combat medic with the 1st Infantry

Alan  G. Thompson, I was a Navy Corpsman and served with "G" Btty, Hdqts Batt of the 3rd Bn 12th Marines, 3rd marDiv, and various smaller units of 2BT 4th Marines in "I" Corps, Vietnam from January 67 to January 68.  I was on patrols with the smaller units and at our firebase with the Btty's.  I, unfortunately, rendered aid on the front line and often times could not be of any aid as there were many that were killed.  It was my job to stop the bleeding, keep them breathing and get them medivaced out ASAP.  That was not soon enough in many cases.  I didn't do anymore than other Corpsmen or medics did, however, I was part of unique group of first line responders within the Marine Corps.  Many people don't realize that the Marines have no Corpsmen, Doctors, Nurses or Chaplains and recruit from the Navy.  We wear the Marine uniform with Navy insignia's.  Thanks for what you are doing.  I don't think that it has ever been done before.  Semper Fi. Alan G. Thompson,HM3, USN, Field Medical Technician, 3rd Bn 12th Marines, Vietnam 1967-68

Daniel T. McGinley 1SG (Ret).  Served in three wars as a Medic, WWII, KOREA and Vietnam  Earned 2 Combat Medical Badges, one for KOREA and one for Vietnam where he served as a Special Forces Medic.  My father has 4 Bronze Stars with V and 2 Purple Hearts.  He is now the Commander of Fort Bragg Chapter 2226, Military Order of the Purple Heart. for more information. Particia McGinley Daughter

Capt. Diana Smith, RN was shot in the thigh, requiring surgery while rescuing wounded Marines on a mission in Iraq.  Diana will be deploying again soon.  So she is both a Silver Star and a honoree as a registered nurse stationed in Baghdad.

Debbie, My son, David was an excellent medic for his unit and I am very proud of him.  He has an award for saving the life of a soldier and a civilian.  I basically just want to thank you for wanting to give out certificates of appreciation to medical personnel in a war zone.  You have, well, we have, no idea the risks they take and how strong they can be when needed while in a combat situation.  As the mother of an army medic, veteran, I thankyou for this recognition to such deserving heroes.  To care for the wounded is a huge responsibility as they try to get them to safety.  Or as they talk to them when they are in hospital just to calm them.

Debra, I am submitting my son, SPC Christopher D. Black, who is a medic with 1BCT 4ID.  Chris is a combat medic who is currently deployed for the second time in support of OIF.  During his first deployment, Chris treated many wounded soldiers and civilians and earned a Combat Medical Badge for treating wounded soldiers while taking enemy fire.  Chris is dedicated to his mission and his "guys", and goes to great lengths to make sure all of the guys are taken care of.  Chris even allows his guys to go through his care packages before he sees what's in them!  In the tradition of the combat medic, Chris has dedicated himself to their care and well being. Chris does not think that he is doing anything special, but I know that he has made a difference in the lives of wounded soldiers and civilians both during his first deployment and again during this second deployment.  Chris shakes his head and laughs when people call him a hero, but he will do whatever it takes to take care of his guys, including giving his own life to save theirs.  To him, that comes with the job.  Chris exemplifies selfless service and deserves to be recognized for the care he has provided to both wounded comrades and civilians. 

Jack Meyers HM3 Chu Lai South Vietnam
Operating Room Technician H&S Company 1st Marine Division 1965 thru 1966

SFC Donald F. MacIver, Jr. Hi! Thank you for re-instating the Silver Star Families. I was a Special Forces Medic from 1967-76, having gone through the SF Qualification Course in 1967-68 including the 42-week SF Medical Specialist Course. I went to Vietnam in July 1969 to the 5th  Special Forces Group, assigned to MACV Studies & Observations Group (MACVSOG), CCS, in Ban Me Thout, RVN. I received the Combat Medic Badge for treating the wounded under fire on my very first mission to pick up a recon team on a "hot" Landing Zone. I was a medic on ground operations and also spent approximately 250 combat flying hours as a "chase medic" in support of top secret recon teams operating in Cambodia along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. I consequently was awarded the Air Medal and the Bronze Star Star Medal before returning to the U.S. in June 1970. Thanks very much for honoring the combat medical personnel; often our stories go untold or forgotten.  Best regards, (former) SFC Donald F. MacIver, Jr.

Evie Kromer ~ Our son,Jonathan Kromer, is a combat medic currently serving in Afghanistan since May, 2007. He should be returning to his home base in Germany soon, but we don't have the exact date. He won't be able to let us know until he actually arrives in Germany. He has seen and experienced a lot over there and we have been ever so thankful for all of the prayers that have been sent up for him because that is what we attribute his safety to. If you want to know any more, please contact me at my e-mail address. Thank you so much for all that you have been and are currently doing for our service men and women. 

Joe Klass  I was a crewcheif with the 101st air ambulance platoon
"EAGLE DUSTOFF". I served in Viet Nam in 1970-1971 int he Phu-Bai are of operations. I was decorated twice with the Army Commendation With "V" Device for valor for extracing wounded personnel from An area in combat with hostile forces.

Pam Drake for husband Kit Reese Drake He was trained in helicopter repair for 16 weeks prior to being sent to Vietnam. After only a few days he was switched to acting as a Crew Chief (Dustoff) on a Medivac helicopter. He served in the United States Army Vietnam 1970-1971.

SP5 Kuzriel Meir USA 66_76 VN_AK Combat Med Spc
SP/5 Norman E Hughes USA VN Field Medic/Flight Medic67 72
SFC Archie C Hargett  USA VN Med Adv Sep '69- Jul '70
Medic SPC4 Tom Crosby ARNG OIF '06-Present OIF DeltaC 1-185~Base ComSupHosp

CRT Joseph A Melanson USA VN '69-'71 Medic VNandOARB
PFC Sim  Boddie        *Get more info from em from Willie Jr*
SP/4 Crew Chief Clif Adams  USA VN Jul67ToJul68 Dustoff

MSgt Allan Folsom  USAF  Balad AB, 332 EMDG. AEF 1-2

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