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Combat Medics and Navy Corpsmen

Combat medics and corpsmen were either assigned directly or attached to combat units. It was a stressful, but crucial job. In the Big Red One, infantry rifle companies had a medic for each platoon and a senior aidman, who was the most senior, attached to the company command element. Platoon medics were usually responsible for anywhere from 20-50 soldiers. In "leg" units, we were limited by the amount of supplies we could physically carry along with personal weapons, ammunition and other components of the basic load. It was not enough for mass casualties, which were every medic's worst nightmare. The infantrymen appreciated their medics and did everything they could to protect them. When medics went down, it was the riflemen who took care of them.

Army medics and Navy corpsmen still serve and sacrifice with distinction.

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Guest 16-Apr-2021 22:05
My husband was a combat medic stationed in ChuLai in 1970-71. His name was John Boggs. I know the names of some of the men who was stationed with him. Stanley Russel, Dick Lanen?, Bradley Jackson, Ed Westfall. I know there are others but their names escape me. I lost Johnny to cancer in 2008 and recently discovered tapes he sent me. I would like to hear from anyone who knew Johnny. My e-mail is Thank you.
Paul Del Chiaro 29-Oct-2020 21:50
Bless all my comrades in arms
Paul Del Chiaro 29-Oct-2020 21:47
Being a Medic was a dangerous job, they done a lot in Vietnam and I honor them. I was with the 2\28 of the First Infantry Division in Lai Khe Vietnam 1965/66. We lost a lot of good men. I will never forget a brother in the Recon who had 2 purple hearts and said one more and I can go home. He was killed when when another man dropped his M-14 off the sand bags. I was going to join the Recon, you can call it fate, most of them were killed on an operation. BLESS ALL OF YOU WHO SERVED THERE. Paul
Guest 10-Nov-2019 16:22
The medic. The first name called out in a firefight was medic .we had three different medics in my year with b co . 1/28. All three were well liked 19 year olds .they put themselves in harms way to give lifesaving feats of stopping us from bleeding out when hit. The medic went with us everywhere we went. They fought the war without a weapon and in saving us many died. One of our medics picked up an m16 when we were being pounded in an ambush . He received the silver. Memory has fogged and the names elude me. But my respect shows through.
Cali. 19-Oct-2018 01:39
I'm sill here and waiting for a response to contact any one from d bat I was known as doc boat was there 67 to 68 awaiting a contact
Carter Creek30-Mar-2018 00:18
On this day of remmemberance of the end of the war in Vietnam, I just wanted to thank you for your service, and for a job well done. Paul aka carter creek
Doc Andy 19-May-2017 18:13
The medics and all those who didn' t make it back home are the real heros as we all know. As a medic with the 1st Btn / 7th Arty (105 Howitzer Field Artillery) I spent the full year in the field, first 6 months with Charlie Bty and 6 months with Alpha Bty. Dec. 1967 to Dec. 1968. In October of '68 we were airlifted from west of Lai Kai for to establish an NPD and (field) fire-support base. As we were digging in we came under motor attack and our young FDC officer, Lt. Rogers was mortally wounded. Another medic and I had to preform a tracheotomy and I radioed a Loch A/O heicopter to land and med-evac Lt. Rogers to Lai Kai. I'd really like to find the medic and the helicopter pilot. Both are extraordinary men and greatest hero's I've ever know along with Lt. Rogers who didn't come home. Lt. Rogers had only bee in country a few months. During Tet '68 we were defending the Siagon water plant located in Thu Duc. Would like to find any Tet' 68 warriors and warrior medics too. My weapon of choice was my M-60 on top of my GP small bunker where we were dug-in, but packed a 45 side arm and an
M-16. Rest in Peace Lt. Rogers. Dale Andrews 2017
Doug 09-Dec-2016 20:17
Any Marine out there remember Billy Sykes from Illinois. Corpsman but don't know unit. Around 1970 or 1971. I served in the Army there . He is a friend I met through another friend.
Douglas Stidham 17-Sep-2016 01:02
Thanks for this site. While getting in the way in RVN, I was Senior Medical Aidman with D/3/503 Inf.(Abn), and E[RECON]/3/503 Inf.(Abn), 173rd Airborne Brigade. Good unit, good men 1968-1969.
Guest 14-Sep-2016 21:46
i was in mag12 small medical unit across from mag13 was a navy corpsman was right on the beach in chu lai if anyone remembers this please contact me at
Steve 14-Sep-2016 20:47
I am looking for the name of a medic who was with F Troop 8th Cav before he was transferred to a battalion aid station in Chu Lai. He was killed in a rocket / mortar attack in 1970. He was one of the bravest men I ever met and was a conscience objector. For the life of me I can not recall his name, all we ever called him was Doc.
Guest 27-Jun-2016 23:02
I remember john brown we had a little medical dispensary in mag12 by the water and beach does anyone remember this there was also a black guy last name Jenkins thanks Richard "doc" goodman mike Bledsoe was there with us
richard doc goodman 23-May-2015 03:18
Does anyone remember chu lai medical at mag 12 67 68
cheveux gras19-May-2015 06:30
Great photo !
WJ 30-Oct-2014 17:21
@Doubleone I may be the Medic you're talking about. I always liked m60's and would have much rather been in 11b than a medic. I was there from January to September '68 in b1/50th in 173. When were you there?
doc dave pfeifer 03-May-2013 02:36
doc dave pfeifer, was a medic with bravo co. 101st airborne div. vietnam 69-70.
wrote a book about my tour of duty called it; appreciate anyone to take a look at it.also am in charge of the medics bunker at and am signed in a wwww. for medics and corpsmen nation wide every generation.lots of brothers are looking for the medics to hook up or get info from back in the day.
we can still help with your va claims guys.
Guest 10-Apr-2012 05:24
I was the medic for D Bat 8th Bn 6th Arty 1st Div at Lai Khe from May 1967 to Mar 1968 does anyone rember me I was known as Doc Boat if you do please give me email at it would be great to hear from the old Bat well welcomehome and God bless Don Boat
Guest 19-Jun-2011 22:47
PFC Richard Potter,(Medical NCO, HHC, 2ND BN, 14TH INFANTRY, 25TH INF DIV, USARV), KIA May 26, 1967, Binh Duong Province, Hostile, died outright. Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart, may he rest in peace. Combat Medic

Doubleone 27-Feb-2011 17:53
Set here looking at the site really good brought back a lot of memories. Had Medics off and on in my squad. Always appreciated them. Had one attached that was more interested in being a 11B. I'm checking the the squad before going out (dismounted) and there is the Medic carrying the 60 told him to give it back to the gunner and chewed the gunner out.
B 1/50 Mech. Infantry 173rd.
Dave Berry27-Jan-2011 01:00
Different unit, same bad odds. January '68 was the wrong time to be coming in-country. I'm glad you made it home safely. Best regards.
Dave Berry
Denny 26-Jan-2011 18:27
I was the senior aidman for Alpha Co 2nd/60th/9th Inf Tan Tru 68. In Jan 68 at the 90th Rep I was on the list to go to the 1st Inf (Big Red One). But, by some quirk of fate, was called out and sent to Bear Cat and the 9th Inf. By the same quirk I am here today writing this while so many of us didn't make it. Thanks for posting this site. You are continuing to provide a great service. Welcome Home Brother !!!
Cindi Smith18-Nov-2009 23:14
A very important part of the military. Without these guys, so many wouldn't get the help they need. And, reading that the riflemen took care of them when they need help. Shows the wonderful relationship of brothers in a time of war!!!
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