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Shorty Langford
CPL Wayne "Shorty" Langford (far right) attends to a member of 4 RAR in Vietnam.

During Ancient times if a soldier was wounded, he laid in the field where he had fallen.  There was no one to come to his aid.              Napoleon's Army was the first to assign people to help the wounded.  They were called the litter-bearers, made up mostly of inept and expendable soldiers.   The American Colonel Army lead by George Washington, also had litter-bearers during the Revolutionary War.              In 1862, due to the unexpected size of casualty lists during the battle of Manassas where it took one week to remove the wounded from the battlefield, Dr. Jonathan Letterman, Head of Medical Services of the Army of the Potomac, revamped the Army Medical Corps.  His contribution included staffing and training men to operate horse teams and wagons to pick up wounded soldiers from the field and to bring them back to field dressing stations for initial treatment.  This was our Nation's first Ambulance Cops.  Dr. Letterman also developed the 3 tiered evacuation system which is still used today.

  • Field Dressing (Aid) Station - located next to the battlefield.  Dressings and tourniquets
  • Field Hospital - Close to the battlefield
  • Emergency              surgery and                   treatment.
  • Large Hospital - Away from the battlefield.  For patients' prolonged treatment.

Dr. Letterman's transportation system proved successful.  In the battle of  Antietam, which was a 12 hour engagement and the bloodiest one day battle in the entire Civil War, the ambulance system was was able to remove all the wounded from the field in 24 hours.   Dr. Jonathan Letterman is known today as the Father of Modern Battlefield Medicine.  Unfortunately, amputation was the primary method of treatment for wounds to extremities during the Civil War with over 50,000 resulting amputees.              During the Spanish American War in the 1890's Nicholas Sin stated: Fate of the wounded soldier is determined by the hand which applies the dressing.  Field dressings are now applied by litter-bearers in the field.              World War I required millions of casualties to be treated at the front.  Unlike previous wars, battles did not stop to retrieve the wounded or the dead.  World War I saw, for the first time, medics rushing forward with the troops, finding the wounded, stopping their bleeding and bringing the wounded soldier to the aid station.  In World War I medics were no longer expendable and were well trained.              After World War I, Military Medicine advanced.  Training became a priority both in fighting and medical care.  Medics were trained along side infantry soldiers, learning how to use the lay of the land for their protection and that of their patients.   Medics were also trained in the use of pressure dressings, plasma IV's, tracheotomy, splints, and administering drugs.              During World War II a wounded soldier had an 85% chance of surviving if he was treated by a medic within the first hour.  This figure was three times higher than World War I survival statistics.  The red cross worn by medics on their helmet and arm bands became visible targets for enemy snipers during World War II and Korea.              Korea saw the advent of the helicopter being used to bring men from the front lines to M*A*S*H units (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital).

In Vietnam, the medic's job was to treat and evacuate.  Medevac helicopters now could bring medics on board to continue treating the wounded while transporting them back to the Field Hospitals.  There was a 98% survival rate for soldiers who were evacuated within the first hour.  Vietnam was the first time medics were armed and carried firearms and grenades into combat.  Red crosses on helmets and arm bands were no longer worn.

Brian MedcraftCPL Brian Medcraft B Company 7 RAR (second left) attends to a casualty in Vietnam 1970

 

straskye

CPL John Straskye, Company Medic, Delta Company 7 RAR 1970

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Queen's Birthday Honour's List June 2020

 The RAAMC and HSC Association Incorporated Congratulates all recipients in this year's (2020) Queen's Birthday Honour's List.

Colonel Steven Raymond GAUNT

For exceptional service as Commanding Officer of the 13th Combat Service Support Battalion, Senior Medical Officer, and Deputy Commander of the 13th Brigade. 

Brigadier Isaac Alexander Gregory SEIDL 

For exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force in health executive leadership. 

Dr Laurie Scott WARFE 

Woorarra West VIC 3960
For service to medicine, and to the community. 

Warrant Officer Class One Michael Stephen CLARKE 

For meritorious performance of duty as a Regimental Sergeant Major in the Australian Army. 

 

 

"BREAKING NEWS" 

SOAH Reunion 2020

The Schools of Army Health Reunion: Cancelled due to COVID 19

Subject to the best available medical advice the Schools of Army Health Dinner and Corps Birthday Reunion has unfortunately been cancelled.  
 
 
1 Mil Hosp Reunionand their families

To all members the 25th 1 Military Hospital Closure Anniversary Reunion is a GO!
Venue, Saturday 2 October 1900 hrs Howard Smith Wharves.
Cost, $100.00, which consists of a 3 hour Food and Drink Package, a Door Prize. The package consists of 3 hot and 3 cold Canapes + 2 Substantial Canapes and your Drinks for 3 Hours ( I say again this is a FOOD and Drinks Package, our last Reunion at the Broncos was $65.00 and you payed for your drinks on top of that}
On Sunday 3 October we will be holding a Memorial Service and B-B-Que at our Memorial Tree on the River bank at Yeronga, I am hoping that we will have a few Dollars left from the main event to supply meat for B-B-Que, a time yet to decided on.
Please remember you have until the end of August 2021 to pay your money, so no hurry but could all members who are interested or coming please say so in area provided.
Members please click on get tickets and you will be directed to where you pay for your ticket. This system keeps a running total of tickets sold, who is coming and interested parties. I will also put up a list of those members who are coming and interested at monthly intervals.
I hope as many of you come and make this a night to remember, I said last year when I decided to organize this that I wanted to make it a Food and Drink package and that is what we have organized for you all. Now I know some members may have Allergies to certain foods etc. mine being Garlic, so could anyone with Food Allergies please indicate in the comments section and we will endeavor to liaise with the management at the Venue to come up with safe foods.

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