24th Home History 1966 1967 1969 1970 1971 1972
Though 1968 was highlighted by the Tet offensive beginning January 30th, other activities included ongoing hospital construction. Patient areas were air conditioned, connecting corridors between wards were added, a sewage system was installed, and the mess hall was upgraded from field ranges and immersion heaters to a fully equipped kitchen. An automatic film processor was added to the Radiology Department.
During 1968, the hospital had a total of 11,570 admissions which included 9,573 U. S. military, 811 Free World military, 1,056 Vietnamese civilians, and 130 U. S. civilians. There were 419 deaths. The hospital's outpatient clinic treated a total of 70,145 patients. There were 99,814 x-rays performed and 2,959 cast room procedures for appliance. The hospital laboratory performed a total of 84,765 procedures. A total of 10,967 units of blood were transfused to 3,356 patients.
The 24th Evacuation Hospital supported the 9th Infantry Division, the 11th Armored Cavalry, the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, the Royal Australian Army, Royal Thai Volunteer Division, 1st Infantry Division, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), 25th Infantry Division, the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), plus the many combat support units in III and IV Corps including the 18th Military Police Brigade. (Source: Lest We Forget Part II. Barnett & Foss)
LTC Robert Leaver assumes command of the 24th in January 1968.
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Updated March 26, 2001