24th Evacuation Hospital
Long Binh, Vietnam

1966 - 1972
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Gary worthy Fly@sunfloweraero.com>
Atwood KS,USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient
Dates at 24th Evac: 16 October November 68
Comments: Gunshot wound to head. Remember being there when they replaced outhouse with indoor plumbing in our ward. Vietnamese wives from other end of ward thought it was ok to use shower for latrine
Monday, October 10, 2016 9:01 PM
Donald Miller BigDon718@aol.com>
Dallas TX, USA
Association with 24th Evac: I was blown up in the Hobo Woods in May of 1968 and was transported there
Dates at 24th Evac: May 1968
Comments: Just want to Thank the nurses and Doctors that saved my life.I had a head injury due to riding in a 21/2 ton truck and it hit a mine between trang bang and the woods we were out there with the 1st to the 27th wolfhoods....Just want to see if any one can remember back that far i would like to find some of them....My base camp was in Cu Chi 25th infantry division....
Sunday, August 14, 2016 3:45 PM
Tim Redman redredman2011@hotmail.com>
Dade City FL, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient
Dates at 24th Evac: September 1969
Comments: I was a patient there for a short time, I had malaria I don't remember what ward, I was sent from there to a hospital in Saigon then to Vung Tau. I served in the 1st Bn 5th Cav 1st Cavalry Div.
Monday, August 08, 2016 10:11 AM
Jan Rankin bjreran@sbcglobal.net>
Last Name in Vietnam: Mueller
Georgetown TX, USA
Association with 24th Evac: nurse
Dates at 24th Evac: Nov. 1968 to 1969 Comments: I worked initially in ortho wards 9 & 10 and then in the ER. I was honored to work with the professional, competent, and caring staff of the 24th Evac for the 11 months and 11 days of my stay in SVN. I am unable to attend the Branson reunion in Sept. due to a prior commitment and would love to hear from anyone interested in contacting me.
Saturday, July 30, 2016 3:08 PM
James Nelson jim-nelson@uiowa.edu>
Iowa City IA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Medical Technologist, laboratory night supervisor
Dates at 24th Evac: June 1971 - May 1972
Comments: Began my laboratory duties in June 1971 in blood bank. In January 1971 was appointed laboratory night supervisor. Long hours spent in the lab with little time off. In 1972 towards the end my tour at the 24th Evac our hospital staff was not being replace so we where working short staff. It was an honor to serve.
Sunday, July 24, 2016 1:29 PM
John Tolbert busforvn2@gmail.com>
W. Chester PA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: I was patient there in December 1969 when I contracted "pleurisy" while serving with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade.
Dates at 24th Evac: About three weeks in December 1969. definitely there for Christmas Day.
Comments: I need to get records confirming my stay at the hospital and my operation for pleurisy. VA has denied I have a valid claim for my chronic cough due to pleurisy. Can anybody tell me if it is possible to STILL get those records? Thanks! John T. Tolbert 484 557 5970 or busforvn2@gmail.com
Thursday, July 14, 2016 1:26 PM (EDT)
Marc Smith marcs4095@gmail.com>
Bloomington IN, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Hospital staff general dentist
Dates at 24th Evac: Jan 1971 to June 1971
Comments: Transferred down from a Division Aid Station with 101st, I Corps. Served with three oral surgeons: Col. Gene Hunsuck, Col. "Andy" Anderson, and Maj. Bernie Balaban. Oral Surgeons were assigned to Head and Neck Team while I was to care for patients and staff of the hospital. I wrote my memoirs of Vietnam 25 years after the fact and names of friends slipped through my mind like sand through my fingers. I regret waiting to write it down. I do have about 40 pages on life at 24th that I can share if anyone is interested.
Sunday, July 10, 2016 7:29 AM (EDT)
James A Carlina jimmy_c1949@yahoo.com>
North Merrick NY, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient
Dates at 24th Evac: 11/30/1968 through 12/10/1968
Comments: First I want to thank the surgical team who treated me and after care. I was hit by fragments from an RPG at LZ Dot. I was taken by Medivac to an initial 1st aid area, do not remember where. Then to the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh. There were scores of GI's waiting for treatment but it was a short wait for me. I got into the X-Ray room and then Surgery. I cannot remember anyone in the team who treated me but vividly remember being told to count backwards from 100. I think I got to 99. THANK YOU TO ALL.
Tuesday, July 05, 2016 12:13 AM (EDT)
Bob Erickson rosenbob11@hotmail.com>
Bloomington MN, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Medical Corpsman: Wards 9 & 10
Dates at 24th Evac: Nov 1968 to Nov 1969
Comments: Looking forward to the reunion. Hope to see more of the great people from the orthopedic Wards. I'll never forget the bad times and the good times. See you there.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 10:49 AM (EDT)
Mary Perry mrynn344@gmail.com>
North Las Vegas NV, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Operating Room RN
Dates at 24th Evac: September 18, 1970 thru September 1971
Comments: I was in country for the whole 365 days. I read part of the guest book sign ins and found a surgeon I served with at the 24th for almost a year then stationed together at Fort Sill. Vietnam Nam was a once in a lifetime experience. Made a lot of friends there, unfortunately I have not been able to keep up with their lives. I just found this page by accident, but glad I did. I was married in Saigon on July, 16, 1971. My husband was with the engineers.
Monday, June 20, 2016 12:56 AM (EDT)
Don Kennedy Jr. Badmoonrisin69@aol.com>
Salado TX, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient
Dates at 24th Evac: Aug 16th thru not sure when I was flown out.
Comments: The Ortho Doc was the one that saved me from being in wheelchair full time. He made a fast operation on that Fri and pulled 2 bone fragments out of the cord which helped me in becoming a incomplete Paraplegia.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 11:32 AM (EDT)
Jim & Rose DeLoach rosetdeloach@gmail.com>
Ocala FL, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Rose and I were both Operating Room Nurses from 1970 -71. We married in 1973. One son, Andrew. Two grandchildren - a boy (Brandon) and a girl (Reilly).
Dates at 24th Evac: July 1970 -1971
Comments: Rose and I moved from Georgia to Ocala, Florida almost 3 years ago in 2013. We live in a Del Webb community and enjoy all the golf and activites available here. We're on #3 fairway, so can keep an eye on all duffers. Have not attended any reunions, but enjoy the website.
Friday, June 03, 2016 5:29 PM (EDT)
G Phillip Lotti g.p.lotti81550@gmail.com>
Summerfield NC, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Lab Blood Bank Technologist
Dates at 24th Evac: 1971 (10 months)
Comments: I served as the lead Technologist for the hospital's blood bank. I set up a rapid blood type process to facilitate giving type specific blood to severly wounded soldiers under emergency conditions. I was later awarded a Bronze Star as recognition for the procedure submitted by my Lab Manager Capt James Ohashi, and Pathologist Tom Desmond, MD.
Sunday, May 08, 2016 5:58 PM (EDT)
Steven Amster amsters@comcast.net>
Evans GA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Medical Supply Officer, 93d Evac
Dates at 24th Evac: Aug 69 to Aug 70
Comments: Knew many soldiers who served at both Long Binh hospitals. Continued in active and reserve status including CO, 312th Fld Hosp (LT Sharon Lane's unit. Retired as COL, MC after 37 years.
Monday, May 02, 2016 3:02 PM (EDT)
Richard W Magner rwmagner@gmail.com>
Website URL: www.SeTherin.com
Glastonbury CT, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient, pilot, WO1, D/229th/1st Cav
Dates at 24th Evac: 03/08/69 to 03/22/69
Comments: I arrived sometime in the afternoon of Saturday, March 8th, 1969 and spent the next two weeks in the maxifacial unit. The names I remember are Kathy Brown, RN, doctors Col. Jost & Col. Thompson. And a fellow patient that also had a jaw wound- Patrick Howard. I am retiring this week (May 4, 2016) from 37 years as an Air Medical Pilot (EMS Pilot), Rocky Mountain Helicopters & Air Methods. The last 31 years were spent at Harford Hosptial's Life Star in Connecticut.
Sunday, May 01, 2016 11:02 PM (EDT)
Ken Bowen kmmpbow@aol.com>
Lakewood CO, USA
Association with 24th Evac: X-ray Tech SP5
Dates at 24th Evac: Feb 1967 to Jan 1968
Comments: Rick Rounds passed away on Nov. 1, 2015. Rick was a "proud" member of PLX section. We were the x-ray techs that brought the service on-line in its first year of activation in VN. We didn't build the hospital, the folks from Ft. Sam did, but when we got there in January '67 all we had were some malaria and POW patients. Before long the dust-offs were too numerous to count. The ramp between our ER, X-ray and Pre-Op was well worn when we hit stride. At first we hand processed all the x-rays and a WET READING was exactly that, dripping from the wash to our Radiologists and Surgeons to read before operating. We begged, borrowed and "midnight requisitioned" the parts and equipment to install and power the Xomat film processor and we added two more exam rooms. Rick was dedicated, hard working, funny and irreverent at times. Just barely avoided being caught in the Nurses' Qtrs a couple of times. After VN he became a fireman for the City of Dayton OH. He retired after 30 years. Rest in Peace my friend. You may see his obituary and with a slideshow remembrance at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dayton/obituary.aspx?pid=176577761
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 4:40 PM (EDT)
George Powell Uglygolf@tds.net>
St. Marys GA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: General surgeon
Dates at 24th Evac: 69 - 70
Comments: Can't wait to get back to Branson again for the 50th anniversary reunion. It was so great to see old friends and renew acquaintances from the past. Had so much fun at all the shows. The talk on Agent Orange was timely and helpful. Thanks to all the folks who put it together. I don't remember a time in my life when so many people all pulled together so selflessly to accomplish so much good. What we all did has made me proud to have been a part of the 24th. May God bless every one of you.
Friday, April 08, 2016 9:47 PM (EDT)
Joseph Patawaran jpatawaran@atmc.net>
Sunset Beach NC, USA
Association with 24th Evac: STAT CLERK IN REGISTRAR
Dates at 24th Evac: JULY 70-JULY 71
Comments: SORRY TO SAY I LOST MY ROOMMATE LARRY WILLET ON MARCH 8 2016.. RIP LARRY
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 11:11 PM (EDT)
Ronald Waggoner oldpallie2@msn.com>
Yucca Valley CA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: patient
Dates at 24th Evac: 18 Mar 1971
Comments: great treatment by Americans dr and nurses
Monday, March 28, 2016 4:25 PM (EDT)
Bill Walker walkerbouv@gmail.com>
Jamestown OH, USA
Association with 24th Evac: NCOIC Ortho Clinic & Cast Room
Dates at 24th Evac: Jan 1970 - Jul 1970
Comments: Extended from the 101st with Don Ackerman (Magoo). Ran the Ortho Clinic and Cast room. There were 3 of us who did all the cast work for the hospital. I was there when the Army filmed a live major hospital triage. The experience wof working with the Chief Surgeon; Chief Nurse; Head Orthopaedic and Neuro Surgeons has mad me confident in my abilities in critical situations. While running the Cast room we started a "Ranger Rick" club. Something silly to help with the stress. Working at night and having SOS at 2 am. Looking for the names of the other cast tech's and the ortho surgeons.
Sunday, March 13, 2016 1:36 PM (EDT)
John N. Baldwin, MD FACS jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte CA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: surgeon..vascular, general and thoracic
Dates at 24th Evac: 68-69
Comments: Sadly, I inform all of you great people that we have lost another giant: Dr. W. Howell McCullough, our talented and gifted Chief of Anesthesia from 68-69, died of malignant metastatic melanoma to the brain on March 3, 2016. Hal had a MM removed from his back with wide margins over 35 years ago, and true to form, malignant melanoma was sleeping all this time. He underwent all the standard treatments, brain biopsy, three runs under the "gamma knife" and brutal chemotherapy for the last three years when it re-surfaced, and in a gallant letter written in November 2015 he announced that he could fight no longer. He leaves a superb wife, Eve and daughters who were with him until the end. Rest well good man, good friend, good American. Hal McCullough MD
Sunday, March 06, 2016 3:00 PM (EDT)
Lee Theesfeld let6445@hotmail.com>
Lafayette IN, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Medical Maint.
Dates at 24th Evac: July 1967 to Sept. 1968
Comments: I have been working with the local Disabled American Veterans for a number of years and have taken to roll of chair person for Welcome Home Vietnam 50th Anniversary. The person that is helping me with this Connie sent me a web site for the 24th Evac. she said I found a younger you. Here it was Henry Powers 2003 post he had Jack Hutson, James Pineger, Craig Hodge, McAllister, Rex & Tex Bell. I can't put into words what that did to me reading that. I'm will be back and Henry you may not remember the laundry had old unit that we could not get replacement bearing for the tub. And Harper ask the Lieutenant if he could take parts of the unit he said yes. So Harper removed the heater and put it on our shower's so we hot water we were living large then.
Friday, February 26, 2016 4:30 PM (EDT)
Jon Cherry jbcherry@bex.net>
Toledo OH,USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient
Dates at 24th Evac: February-March 1971
Comments: I was with the First Cav at Bien Hoa. I was treated at the 24th for about three weeks with a serious case of dysentery. I was treated by an internist, whose name I don't recall, but he was a major, a big guy with a moustache, and from Minnesota. After several tests, I remember him saying, "Well, Lieutenant, I don't know what you've got, but it's the worst case I've ever seen." I remember the cold showers to control fever. Eventually I recovered, obviously, but often since have told people I lost 24 pounds in 24 days at the 24th Evac. And it was close enough to the truth. Also remember a 2LT nurse who couldn't find a vein for my IV and the CPT who could.
Saturday, January 09, 2016 4:33 PM Renee Stiffler renarickmrr@gmail.com>
Mechanicsburg PA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Nurse
Dates at 24th Evac: 1970-1971
Comments: Worked Neurosurgical ICU
Thursday, November 19, 2015 7:24 PM (EDT)
John Quellos JohnRQ1@aol.com>
Parma Ohio, USA
Association with 24th Evac: i was a medical records and report clerk in the E R
Dates at 24th Evac: July 1970 - July 1971
Comments: Everyone there were the most amazing group of people who saved so many lives i'm very proud to have been associated with all of you
Thursday, November 19, 2015 12:05 AM (EDT)
Randy Williamson
Los Bonos CA. USA
Association with 24th Evac: patient
Dates at 24th Evac: end of september 1970
Comments: I WAS MED VAC IN FROM FSB DEBBLE IN LATE SEPT 1970 I WAS THERE 10 TO 14 DAYS
Friday, October 30, 2015 8:42 PM (EDT)
John N. Baldwin, MD FACS jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte CA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: surgeon..vascular, general and thoracic
Dates at 24th Evac: 68-69
Comments: Hosting former patient...9th Division Mobile Riverine vet, was 18 when Jeannie Mitchell Baldwin, 1st Lt OR and I operated on his blown-out knee and popliteal artery. He and original wife, Maureen, came from Florida and we all have enjoyed our annual reunion in the High Sierra house and now in Carmel by the Sea. Regards and love to all the fantastic men and women of the Great 24th Evac...from all eras. Without us, the WALL would be a half mile longer. See you in Branson next year, God-willing. Dr. J
Thursday, October 29, 2015 7:36 PM (EDT)
James Nelson Jim-nelson@uiowa.edu>
Estes Park CO, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Medical Technologist, laboratory night supervisor
Dates at 24th Evac: 1971-1972
Comments: Assigned to Blood bank. Late working as laboratory night supervisor.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 11:51 AM (EDT)
Cherie Boudwin (Posie) cboudwin@charter.net>
Sturgeon Bay WI, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Head Nurse of ICU-3
Dates at 24th Evac: 1966-67
Comments: I sadly wish to inform you that Dr. Lewis J. Wilson, Jr. died on October 1, 2015, at his home in Fredericksburg, TX. He served at the 24th Evac in 1966-67. He was a General Medical Officer and Surgeon and was also in charge of the Pharmacy. He had many problems related to Agent Orange which affected him in later years. He was an OB/GYN Physician in his civilian practice. Upon his retirement, he became a Minister. He established a family foundation which accomplished many charitable things in many countries. Dr. Lew was a wonderful Physician, Husband and Father. He valued his work,his family, his friends and life itself. He attended the 2014 Reunion and was so looking forward to our 50th Reunion in 2016, especially as he was one of the original personnel. Please keep Dr. Lew and his Family in your prayers.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 3:45 PM (EDT)
Don Ackerman Docmagoo327@aol.com>
Association with 24th Evac: Served ward 5 as a medic
Dates at 24th Evac: January 1970 thru August 1970
Comments: Served with Cpt. Fredricks , Dr Yang, Lt Brown..... Bill Walker and I came down on extensions from the 101st....
Sunday, September 13, 2015 10:55 AM (EDT)
Jason Smith jusenkyoguide@gmail.com>
Matsumoto Nagano Japan
Association with 24th Evac: Son of a veteran
Dates at 24th Evac: Unknown
Comments: Hi, I'm looking for anyone who has any memories of my father, Gerald (Jerry) Smith. He served as an X-ray tech (dates unknown) at the 24th (I think, going from his dress uniform). If anyone has any information, please contact me at j u s e n k y o g u i d e AT gmail.com (No spaces). Thanks!
Sunday, August 30, 2015 12:17 AM (EDT)
John N. Baldwin, MD FACS jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte CA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: surgeon..vascular, general and thoracic
Dates at 24th Evac: 68-69
Comments: Great to see the site alive. FYI...in the Past, guests to our High Sierra Mountain home ranch have been: PURPLES: Andy and Maureen Brigante 9th Riverine...leg shot saved, went on to business career of excellence; Aaron Tybo popliteal artery blown away fixed with graft vein from opposite leg...went on to college and educational career. Dennis Haines, right brain shot away went on to design with one hand Hershey Medical Center; Sam Langhofer lost leg above knee, career of giving in Wichita, KS; Clayton Peterson (and Barbara) shot/fraged x30, zipped up in body bag and found "JB...a bag in the morgue pile is moving"...now one eye one leg, but a FORCE in his community in Oregon; and then the docs and nurses: the great Bob Grant, 24 great and then leader at 93rd in surgery; the great George Lavenson, COL; Blynn Shideler, COL..Nam and Desert Storm..personal pal; the hidden ones all 70-80 now like me: Hal McCullough, Don Brief, Jon Stremple, Bill Hammond, Don Barnett, Peter Arino, George Bryar...and the now lost ones: Rohner, Stanek, Henry Brown, LTC Ruth Webster, LTC Commander Stanek, (OR Hosp Chief), and of course, adopted baby Barbara Rodriguez. I know I have missed "a ton of names". Forgive me. ' Be gratified and thankful that you made it out; moreover: Despite the pain, WE ALL BECAME GREATER PEOPLE FOR IT"..Dr J
Sunday, August 23, 2015 12:23 AM (EDT)
Tom Minnick tom@davidminnick.com>
Hutto TX,USA
Association with 24th Evac: Corpsman
Dates at 24th Evac: 1966 and 1967
Comments: One of the 'originals'. Went over on the USS William Weigel. Lifelong friendships have been made through the 24th. A time of 'growing up' for a lot of us. Proud to have served in the 24th
Thursday, August 20, 2015 8:35 AM (EDT)
Andy Brigante domsmema@hotmail.com>
Winter Haven Fl, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient
Dates at 24th Evac: July 1968
Comments: We had a fabulous time meeting everyone at the 24th Evac. reunion in Branson, Missouri. Everyone welcomed us with open arms and was so happy we could be there. I spent about a week at the 24th hospital, after a mine went off, blowing me into a ravine and into a tree. My knee was crushed and I needed surgery. I was transferred to 249th General Hospital, Japan for surgery. Attending the 24th Evac. reunion last year, was one of the most moving, rewarding experiences my wife and I ever did. Meeting all the Dr.s, and Nurses who were there for us kids at our time of need, was special.I will never forget the tremendous sacrifice you gave for us. Looking forward to the next reunion with all of you. Thank You, and Welcome Home.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 10:55 PM (EDT)
John F. Sullivan redleader@phelpsinc.com>
Website URL: http://www.phelpsfamilyhistory.com/branches/sullivan/index.asp
Denver Co,USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient
Dates at 24th Evac: June 1970
Comments: On June, 1970, John was evacuated from the 24th Evacuation Hospital to a hospital at Camp Zama, Japan.
Sunday, August 02, 2015 4:59 AM (EDT)
Ronnie Helton ronniehelton@gmail>
Seagraves TX, USA
Association with 24th Evac: my brother Darrell Helton was a nurse who worked in ER in 1968 and 1969.
Dates at 24th Evac: 1968
Comments: I was stationed at HQ co. 29th Gen. Support group just a quarter mile from there. I visited my brother there when he worked in ER. Saw some bad stuff when wounded came in. I was stationed a short distance from there the same time Darrell was there. Darrell was killed in car wreck in 1984. Miss him very much.
Saturday, July 11, 2015 7:02 PM (EDT)
John Seehof jseehof@hansenint.com>
Lexington SC, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient
Dates at 24th Evac:
Comments: served in company D, 5/60, 9th infantry
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 4:50 PM (EDT)
Donna Foster orozcodonna@yahoo.com>
Phoenix AZ, USA
Association with 24th Evac: brother there
Dates at 24th Evac: July 1971-May 1972
Comments: I am looking for anyone who knew Dr. Douglas Foster MC
Thursday, June 25, 2015 5:16 PM (EDT)
Tom Catalano tpcatalano@live.com>
Watertown NY, USA
Association with 24th Evac:
Dates at 24th Evac:
Comments: We have lost another member of the 24th Evac community. Dr. Richard H. Ward, Appleton, WI, passed away on June 2 after a prolonged illness due to complications from exposure to Agent Orange. Dr. Ward was a head and neck surgeon who was stationed at the 24th in 1969.
Monday, June 08, 2015 9:32 AM (EDT)
John N. Baldwin, MD FACS jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte CA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: surgeon May 68-69
Dates at 24th Evac:
Comments: Several of us recently received sad news from our esteemed Operating Room NCOIC from 68-69, Sgt. Leon Rodriguez and his wife, Else whom we remember from his unselfish actions during TET and other challenging times at the 24th. He adopted the orphaned baby "Barbara" and with persistence and help from Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge and MACV forces, brought her home. Else and Leon were wonderful to see at Branson in 2014, and now they are grieving as Barbara has died. Their email: elserod@aol.com. Our thoughts, prayers and memories are with them during this difficult time.
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 4:21 PM (EDT)
John N. Baldwin, MD FACS jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte CA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: surgeon/nurse
Dates at 24th Evac: may 68-may 69
Comments: Jeannie and I just had a wonderful visit from Mike and Debbie Punzell...the GREAT ER corpsman who was "a doctor" in my eyes. A 22 year old kid who could start an IV, put in a urinary catheter, a chest tube into a hemothorax, close a wound with stitches, do a TRIAGE and call the absolute correct Docs to "come now". They came from Springfield, MO to our home in the High Sierra in Twain Harte, CA, when in Branson, I said, "We need to get together more" and we reminisced, bonded again, did Yosemite, wine country and sent them off to San Francisco for some planned trips to Alcatraz, Cable Car Barns, Union Square, Fishermans' Wharf and The Golden Gate Bridge. These "mini-reunions" at our home, which we have had over the years with vets and Purples: Sgts. Dennis Haines (P), Mike Fraser, Bob Hite jr, Clayton Peterson (P), Aaron Tybo (P), Andy Brigante (P), Aussie pilot Andy Pahl, surgeons Robert Grant MD, Tom Rohner MD, George Lavenson MD, Blynn Shideler MD and many others. Thanks for coming....we love having you guys and girls. Remember, at this point in life, saying "We'll do it next year" is just plain kidding yourself. We'd love to see any of you while time is here. Stay vertical. Dr. J and Jeannie B.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 9:26 PM (EDT)
Dwight Briggs thebriggsretired@yahoo.com>
Ft . Mohave AZ, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Ambulance driver
Dates at 24th Evac: Oct 1971- Mar 1972
Comments: I remember some of the guys I worked with, Lt. Sellenrich, Sgt Barnes, Pfc Acord, Pfc Wolfe, Sgt Vanek, there were a lot of others but been too long. would love to hear from anyone that knew me.
Sunday, May 24, 2015 7:00 PM (EDT)
Peter Hilgeford,"runway charlie" peter.hilgeford@gmail.com>
veteranscampaignbanners.com
Silver City NM, USA
Association with 24th Evac: 91c20, wards 5 and 2
Dates at 24th Evac: feb'69 - oct'70
Comments: If you need another 24th evac banner from the 2014 Branson reunion please contact me via email or snail mail at box 2307, silver city N.M. 88062. The RVN banners have been shortened to 26" and I'm also providing a banner for the Purple Heart. The Desert Storm banner will be ready by 15 May.
Friday, May 08, 2015 6:19 PM (EDT)
Kyle Patrick ballyhoot@hotmail.com>
Austin TX, USA
Association with 24th Evac: relative
Dates at 24th Evac: Father was at 24th Evac from March 1967 to February 1968
Comments: Hello, my father was Dr. Donald Patrick, who served as a neurosurgeon at the 24th Evac from March 1967 to February 1968. I just wanted to let those who remember him to know that he passed away Saturday night at his home in Austin, Texas. During his later years, he frequently talked about his experiences at the 24th with fondness and pride, and he felt honored to have had the opportunity to work with so many fine people to save as many lives as possible. If you have any photos or memories that you would like to share -- other than what is already on this site -- feel free to contact me at ballyhoot [at] Hotmail [dot] com. Thank you.
Monday, April 27, 2015 10:57 AM (EDT)
Raymond M Mann mmann@planters.net>
Sylvania GA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: I was a medic with the 930th Medical detachment under the 24th. Lived at the 24th
Dates at 24th Evac: March 1970- January 1971
Comments: Would especially like to connect with any 930th guys and would love to see pics.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:59 PM (EDT)
John Schmidt johnpaula79@hotmail.com>
West Bend IA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: I was a patient there, evac from cambodia incursion
Dates at 24th Evac: may 16- 20 1970
Comments: i was with the 1st cav. during the cambodian invasion, wia on may 16 1970. spent a few days at the 24th before getting sent to japan and then home
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 1:27 PM (EDT)
Dennispiazza anitapiazza@cox.net>
Association with 24th Evac:
Dates at 24th Evac: 1970
Comments: Would love to find other vets
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 6:35 PM (EDT)
Tyler Shoman tsho957@cox.net>
Warner Robins GA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: My Dad served there in 1966-67
Dates at 24th Evac:
Comments: My Dad passed away in February 2015 from lung cancer. While going through his papers, I found a 2014 Reunion Directory for the 24th. I remember finding this website last year and showing it to him. He was happy to see all of the old photos and recalled several stories about the folks in the pictures. He didn't usually talk much about his tour there, but seeing the photos did evoke some stories. If anyone remembers Ernie Shoman (anesthetist) I would like to hear from you.
Saturday, March 28, 2015 5:56 PM (EDT)
Wolfgang Keller "Wolf" graywolf284@hotmail.com>
Webster NY,USA
Association with 24th Evac: Dental Spec. / Maxillofacial Surgical Asst.
Dates at 24th Evac: 1969-1970
Comments: I spent most of my year in the OR with Doctors Allwein, Hunsuck, Baliban, and Kahn, and in the pharmacy with Barker, Hill, and Stover. Did not know that this website existed. Found it by chance. I've been trying to find my dental and pharmacy buddies, and what luck, I found two today. The 24th was one hell of a good hospital. I've never seen so many dedicated people in one place. To this day I still say that my most worthwhile year was spent at the 24th's OR. Cannot remember a lot of names, but if anyone remembers me, please send me an e-mail
Sunday, January 25, 2015 5:45 PM (EDT)
Tom Catalano tpcatalano@live.com>
Watertown NY, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Pharmacy
Dates at 24th Evac: 1967
Comments: Our 2014 reunion in Branson was wonderful. 141 veterans along with 114 guests made it a truly memorable event. It was particularly nice to have numerous patients join us. 75% of the 80 surveys received wanted to return to Branson in 2 to 3 years. Based upon the feedback the reunion committee received, we will be meeting in Branson, September 7-11, 2016 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of our 'boots on the ground'. We have added one extra day to the reunion, to help make it a truly memorable event. Patients of the 24th are indeed Welcome to attend. Details will follow in the coming months. SEE YOU IN BRANSON!
Saturday, January 24, 2015 11:15 AM (EDT)
Paul Haase pfhaase1949@gmail.com >
Sallina KS, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient
Dates at 24th Evac: 1970-71
Comments: Contracted viral pneumonia while on duty at 15th Med, Phouc Vinh. Just remembering the Medivac ride to Long Binh. Wishing the best to all who served at 24th Evac hospital.
Tuesday, January 06, 2015 10:00 PM (EDT)
Barbara Peterson ezee2remember@comcast.net>
Montesano WA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Relative of patient Clayton Matthew Peterson
Dates at 24th Evac: April 1969
Comments: Went to reunion in Sept to Branson, Missouri; we had an awesome time meeting all of you who came there. Just want to say Happy New Year to all. Looking forward to another reunion, please keep our number and address on your list. Thank You Clayton and Barbara Peterson 1012 Brook Drive, Montesano WA 98563 360.589.0677 and 360.581.6397
Friday, January 02, 2015 5:56 AM (EDT)
Richard A Scroggins Nhall1955@gmail.com>
Houston TX, USA
Association with 24th Evac: X-ray Dates at 24th Evac: 1960 - 1966
Comments: I was Stationed at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX, in 1960 responsible for pharmacy lab and x-Ray. In 1966, I was promoted to 1st Sgt. and became responsible for preparation for overseas movement to Vietnam.
Thursday, December 25, 2014 12:17 PM (EDT)
Michael Timmons artyfovn68@att.net>
Fanning Springs FL, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Was admitted to 24 Evac for injury.
Dates at 24th Evac: not sure exact dates but prior to Christmas and was back in my unit by New Years eve.
Comments: I had great care in the 24th evac. hospital. Place was full of Gi's.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 9:33 PM (EDT)
John Lehman jlehman1597@wowway.com>
North Olmsted OH, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient. WIA, April 8, 1969.
Dates at 24th Evac: April 8, 1969.
Comments: Was wounded on 8 Apr. 1969. Received head wound from Chi- Com claymore. I do remember Dr. Yang who did the surgery on me. I was so scared but he assured me I would be fine. I remember him as being very tall and had a contagious smile. I always was so thankful for his expertise and kindness. I will always be thankful to the nursing staff and one in particular. I wish I could remember her name. She asked where my hometown was and said she was also. I thought she was giving me a line but she sais she lived on Hopkins Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio. What comfort that was.
Sunday, December 21, 2014 11:39 PM (EDT)
Larry Agosta la.ymail48@yahoo.com>
Association with 24th Evac: I was a guest there late August to early September 1970 with Hepititus/jauntice
Dates at 24th Evac: Approx. late August to early September 1970
Comments: I would like to hear from anyone of the staff who might remember me, larry agosta, 1st Air Cav, I wore Army gray glasses. I remember seeing the Bob Hope show from there but cannot find film of the show anywhere. Does anyone remember who appeared with Him? Thank you
Sunday, December 21, 2014 8:27 AM (EDT)
Richard H. King rking75@att.net>
Houston TX, USA
Association with 24th Evac: E-5 Registrars Office
Dates at 24th Evac: 1/66 thru 10/66 Comments: was transferred to 3rd surgical hospital. OJT at 93rd Evac.
Sunday, December 07, 2014 6:36 PM (EDT)
Cecil A Rhodes cjprofret@comcast.net >
http://720mpreunion.org/history/project_vietnam/rogues/the_720th_mp_rogues.html
Modesto CA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Entertainer
Dates at 24th Evac: September and October, 1967
Comments: I was stationed in Long Binh with the 720th Military Police, 18th Brigade from 1966-67. I was the founder and lead singer with the 720th MP Rogues, which provided entertainment at several locations in the Bin Hoa, Long Binh and Saigon areas. Along with the playing at the 93rd Evac, one of our primary venues where we played the most was the 24th Evacuation Hospital. We recorded at the 24th Evac and I was fortunate to establish friendships with several of the outstanding doctors, nurses, and service staff. I also pulled security duty there after several dust offs, and bear witness to the outstanding service provided by all.
Monday, September 29, 2014 4:22 PM (EDT)
John Baldwin jnbaldwin@mlode.com >
Carmel CA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Surgeon
Dates at 24th Evac: May 68-69
Comments: Jeannie and I send a huge thank-you well-done to Tom Catalano and his reunion committee, as well as congratulations to the Radisson Hotel, the transportation folks, the show people, stern-wheeler party and all of the patients, staff, wives, husbands of the great 24th Evac who enjoyed the Branson Reunion last week. Perfect weather and planning, banquet, breakfasts and fabulous to see everyone. Again...Tom. Thank you so much
Friday, September 26, 2014 8:06 AM (EDT)
Harold Kimble Haroldkimble@yahoo.com>
Gadsden Al, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Medic, generator operator
Dates at 24th Evac: 1966-1967 ets July4,1967
Comments: I went over with the 24th from Ft.Sam Houston in 66.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 10:55 PM (EDT)
Ron Boysonsandman@wbsnet.org>
Scott City KS, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Nurse Anesthetist
Dates at 24th Evac: Oct 1970 Mar 1971
Comments: Came to the 24th Evac from Cu Chi when the 12th Evac there closed
Sunday, September 14, 2014 12:15 PM (EDT)
Ron Ericson rericson22@gmail.com>
Visalia CA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Medic
Dates at 24th Evac: Sept 70 Aug 71
Comments: After several years of trying to locate a fellow medic and great person, I have learned tonight that Robert (Bob) Murphy, outstanding medic (70-71) and great person, died from lung cancer in 2010. Bob was from Maysville, MO. I visited Bob when I returned to the States in Aug of 71. At the time, he was going through a heartbreaking divorce, and life at the time was very overwhelming. My life got busy and we lost touch with each other. I learned from his brother John, tonight that Bob did pull his life back together, married and has two grown sons, and grandchildren. Our journeys never crossed again, but I thought of him often. He was a caring, giving person, recipient of the Bronze Star for his actions at the 24th Evac Hosp. Gone to soon my friend, gone too soon. RIP, you have earned that honor.
Friday, August 15, 2014 10:41 PM (EDT)
Bob McCluskey remccluskey@gmail.com>
Indio CA,USA
Association with 24th Evac: I was a patient there from 12/26/67 to around 1/10/68.
Dates at 24th Evac: 12/26/67 to 1/10/68.
Comments: I will, of course, never forget that time and the gracious and kind people who did the surgery and took care of me for those important days. The nurse i remember most was black and I remember her thorough competence and kindness, she remains in my thoughts to this day. The 24th evac is important in my history and clearly one of the reasons i am here to enjoy this life. Have a great reunion in September.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 7:33 PM (EDT)
Daryl Achenbach uprrcop@cox.net>
Omaha NE, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Neighbor
Dates at 24th Evac: mid 1966 to early 1967
Comments: I was with the 557th MP Co which was located near the 24th. At the time we were responsible for LBJail under the 95th MP BN. I had to guard a prisoner (who was told to us to have been a Chinese advisor who had been hit with napalm or a flame thrower) at the 24th. The assignment didn't last long as the prisoner died. I also observed some of the POW's who were there. During the holidays (X-mas 1966/New Years) one of the MP s was hit in the head during a party and suffered a serious head wound that the 24th was able to treat before he bled out. THANK YOU 24th for saving his life. Also during my time there you treated other MP s who had suffered injuries working inside the compound.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 10:49 PM (EDT)
Name: Lawrence (Larry) Chester chesterdulee@yahoo.com>
Caledonia WI, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Originally went by ship to Viet Nam, helped build the hospital then was a corpsman on Post Op 2.
Dates at 24th Evac: Left San Antonio to go to Viet Nam with the rest of the company in June 66. Left Viet Nam in June 67.
Comments: I have pictures of the hospital as it was being built.
Saturday, August 02, 2014 9:47 AM (EDT)
Name: Tim Redman redredman2011@hotmail.com>
Dade City Fl. USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient
Dates at 24th Evac: September !969
Comments: Malaria Thanks for the good care!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 4:10 PM (EDT)
Name: Stephanie Gardner steffgates@aol.com>
Auburn Wa, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Nurse in ICU/Ortho
Dates at 24th Evac: April1971-April 1972
Comments: I started at the 24th working ICU/Burn Unit/surg. step down unit. Marianne Jacobs then opened the ortho ward and was head nurse I was moved there. I am very proud of the people I worked with and the job we did. Still keep in touch with a couple old friends I served with there.
Monday, July 14, 2014 6:59 PM (EDT)
Mary Ellen White namnurs67@gmail.com>
Last Name in Vietnam: Fiscus
Grinnell IA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: nurse, ortho wards
Dates at 24th Evac: August 67 to May 31, 68
Comments: Lots of hard, rewarding work, esp. over TET. Lived with my husband in the "married" hooch. Came home early because I was pregnant.
Sunday, June 22, 2014 6:21 PM (EDT)
Janell Pfoertner J4pfoert8@aol.com>
Boise ID,USA
Association with 24th Evac: Wife of Dr. George Pfoertner, an Army physician who served as Medical Director at the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh
Dates at 24th Evac: June 1967-June 1968
Comments: Dr. George Pfoertner spoke to me of his experiences in Vietnam many times over the years. What he never told me, because I am certain he did not know, is that the 24th Evacuation Hospital was heavily exposed to Agent Orange. After George died on February 24, 2014, Posie sent a map of the areas of Vietnam that were sprayed with Agent Orange. George was planning to attend the upcoming Reunion and had paid for hotel and airline tickets, even in the face of cancer. Enjoy your Reunion. He will be there in spirit.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 4:40 AM (EDT)
Glen Graves glengraves26012000@yahoo.com>
Alamogordo NM, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient
Dates at 24th Evac: March 15 to March 30, 1968
Comments: I have very pleasant memories of my two weeks in the 24th Evac. Hosp. I remember good entertainment provided by USO. Even Donna Douglas (Elly Mae) on the Beverly Hillbillys came to my ward. Thanks, Dr. Nelson and all the Nurses and Medics who were so good to me.
Thursday, June 05, 2014 3:29 PM (EDT)
Kenneth D Kerr Jr. kdelkerr@ayhoo.com>
Wyalusing PA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: OR tech
Dates at 24th Evac: 4/ /66 -6/ /67
Comments: I started with the unit in Texas. Spent 17 days on ship and like the rest, helped build Hospital.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 2:18 PM (EDT)
Carol Reynolds carolreynolds912@yahoo.com>
Last Name in Vietnam: Bruckerhoff
Perryville MI, USA
Association with 24th Evac: female Vietnam veteran on long Binh in 68-69
Dates at 24th Evac: September 68-September 69
Comments: We ate all our meals there I was attached to USARV used to visit the soldiers I would see there I knew I was never going to the time I was stationed there I spent a lot of time there having meals and spending time with the guys our compound was close by there's going to be a reunion I would very much like to attend but I'm not sure if I would be welcomed to this reunion
-Wednesday, May 21, 2014 5:22 AM (EDT)
Dr. and Mrs. John Baldwin jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte CA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: surgeon May 68-69
Dates at 24th Evac: may 68-69
Comments: Thank You For Your Service (A Moment of Truth) - YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2L3skZ7FEw
Kids: I can relate to this sweet and moving short video...the old veteran and the new young soldier following in his foot-steps. The tattoo on the older veteran's arm is the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment...commanded by Colonel George Patton (West Point, son of the great WW II General Patton)...he who brought in Capt. Tommy McAdams to my ER at the great 24th Evac....dead in his arms. The colonel subsequently became my good friend, and a Major General, retiring to Massachusetts where he died 10 years ago...of Alzheimers. I thought since yesterday was ARMED FORCES DAY (and of course nobody cared because Donald Sterling and baseball games are more important) that I would send this out for your appreciation of those who served and still do. Quietly and without much thanks. Love DAD
-Sunday, May 18, 2014 4:39 PM (EDT)
Ella Lorena (Lori)retcolelf@aol.com>
Last Name in Vietnam: Fletcher
Baton Rouge La USA
Association with 24th Evac: nurse
Dates at 24th Evac: 2 tours- Aug 66-Aug 67 & Aug 71-Aug 72
Comments: I am filling this out for my aunt, retired Colonel Ella Lorena Fletcher. My family is thrilled that someone finally found us and my aunt gets to be a part of this reunion. Many thanks to Tom and Posie for tracking her down and inviting her. Vietnam holds some of her best memories as well as worst and it will be wonderful for her to talk about them with the people she shared them with. Thanks again.
-Sunday, May 18, 2014 10:29 AM (EDT)
Nancy Bergman nancybergman18@frontier.com>
Last Name in Vietnam: Van Slooten
Hamilton MI, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Nurse, Pre op - Recovery
Dates at 24th Evac: August 1966 - August 1967
Comments: I am looking forward to seeing all of my old friends in Bransen in Sept. Has anyone heard from Ella Laurie Fletcher or Nancy Betz, both of whom were TDY with me until the 24th opened.
-Sunday, May 11, 2014 4:51 PM (EDT)
John M. Philp Philpthescot@aol.com>
Richmond VA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient
Dates at 24th Evac: 22 June 1967 for two or three days
Comments: I was dusted off to the hospital at about 1730 having been blown up in my M-113. I was blind at the time so I didn't see the people who cared for me. My right arm was badly mangled and I had a long (and somewhat strange) conversation with a nurse who was cutting off my clothes. I told her that my pistol had to return to the 2/47 but she could keep the shoulder holster as they were great for trading for good stuff. A doctor came by to say that he would try to save my arm, but it would take a while and if they got too busy they might not have the time required to do so. I woke up much later and still had the arm. I'd love to find that doctor and nurse. It took many months at VFGH to get the arm to work and repair my leg, but the arm works pretty well. My sight came back in a few days. At the time I was CO of A 2/47.
-Friday, May 09, 2014 3:06 PM (EDT)
Tim Connelly tconnely@earthlink.net>
Richfield MN, USA
Association with 24th Evac: 91A10 Medic and Latrine orderly PFC
Dates at 24th Evac: Nov. 70-Nov.71
Comments: I was wondering if some type of printed material was going to be put together. Like a yearbook type thing for the reunion. I can't make it to Branson, Mo. I have become a poor old man with vague memories of my time at the 24th Evac. I am an old soldier fading away faster than I thought. I would. Was that year in Vietnam worth all the existential angst I have endured since?
-Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:10 AM (EDT)
Victor Sellers vsel3@aol.com>
Blue Springs MO, USA
Association with 24th Evac: I was a patient there in June 1971. I was broke out with severe rash hives and whelps to a degree that they had not seen before. I believe I was only there a few days before being medevac to Japan.
Dates at 24th Evac: June 1971
Comments: I've been looking for old buddies Jeff Marcell and Roger Wright. I was with MACV and so was Jeff. I believe Roger was with the seventh Calvary, a medic. The last I saw them was near Saigon.
-Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:31 AM (EDT)
Victor Sellers vsel3@aol.com>
Blue Springs MO, USA
Association with 24th Evac: I was a patient there in June 1971, ate up with urticaria. They sent me to JAPAN, where I was told they don't know what caused it, or how to cure it, but it should go away one I was back in the States. Well, it sort of backed off, but never left. I was also told I was the 5th GI to have it to this degree. They thought it was a combination of nerves, and the malaria tablets, but who really knows.
Dates at 24th Evac: June 1971
Comments: About a year later, I had migraines, convulsions, and a fever so high, I was given ice baths at Pekin Memorial Hospital, in Pekin, Il., probably around June, give or take a month. Any possible way to retrieve that record anyone? I called the hospital, and they said all records are destroyed after 10 years. That's hard to believe. Would appreciate any help from anyone. Thanks
-Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:23 AM (EDT)
Daniel Finn finndan@yahoo.com>
Website URL: www.moph-il.org
Oak Lawn IL, USA
Association with 24th Evac: patient A co 4/23rd Mech Infantry Cu Chi 25th Div.
Dates at 24th Evac: I was wounded 9-27-1967. Sent to Valley Forge General Hospital 11-06-1967.
Comments:
God Bless and Thank you.
-Tuesday, April 08, 2014 5:00 PM AM (EDT)
Kathy Barnhart katzeiler@comcast.net>
Augusta GA,USA
Association with 24th Evac: RN on med-surg units
Dates at 24th Evac: July 1970-June 1971
Comments: Thanks for organizing this site and thanks to Lynn Bond for telling me about it! Jim Zeiler and I met at the 24th and will celebrate our 42nd anniversary this month.
-Saturday, April 05, 2014 9:17 PM (EDT)
Bill Miller billmiller@air-pipe.com>
Cheney WA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Served 1970 to 1971
Dates at 24th Evac: July 1970 to July 1971
Comments: I served as the only US Army Medical Equipment Serviceman (MOS-35G BioMed) from July 70 to July 71. My job was to service and repair all diagnostic and therapeutic equipment that the Hospital (24th Evac) and it's attach facilities. I served under and with the Medical Supply Department along with the Motor Pool personnel. My Shop was located behind the Mess Hall in the Medical Supply building next to the Motor Pool and the Laundry building. My stories and recollection of my time in Viet Nam and at the 24th Evac has help define who I am to this date. It was an experience that I will never forget.. I remember the relationships that were formed, and the Christmas and Holidays shared. I remember the beer can and rocks that was tossed at the guy showing the movies at the pavilion I know that because I was that guy! I was the Hospital Projectionist and I showed movies at the pavilion and at times the Officer Club. I could cut and splice film with the best. Also I was the guy that showed the Movie MASH when it first came out to the Hospital. I remember my rounds throughout the Hospital OR, CS, ER and all the Patient Wards collecting broken equipment and doing service visits. I remember going to a locale orphanage to repair their only X-ray unit and the beers shared in appreciation. I remember seeing the X-ray films on the viewing box of a rocket logged inside a person body and the stories that was told about the gallant people and the procedures to remove it. I remember helping and holding wounded into X-ray and interacting with an E6 (I believe he was the NCOIC of the X-ray Department) that had no hair on his arms because he would continually help and hold the wounded while being X-rayed without protective aprons or gloves. He was one that impressed me to this day. He put those guys first.. I remember the frequent (Duce and Half) truck trips to the Supply Depot for equipment service parts and the Hospitals oxygen bottle supply. I remember Bob Hope and his visit to Long Binh and how excited people were. I remember my phone calls home. I was a newly married E-4 with a wife and new born baby girl. I remember the words (I love you Over I love you too Over..) Man we have come a-long ways. I could go on and like you.. the stories we could tell but I won't.. I ended my Military service in 1975. coming home after my deployment to Guam under the mission called Operation New Life. The mission was to help transition the Vietnamese Refugees at the fall of Saigon. Thank you all for your service and being part of something that is so much bigger Sincerely Bill Miller
-Wednesday, April 02, 2014 11:01 PM (EDT)
Dr. and Mrs. John Baldwin jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte CA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: surgeon May 68-69
Dates at 24th Evac: may 68-69
Comments: Well, all I can say it...fabulous website. One of the FEW remaining of the fantastic Surgs and Evacs of our time. Having posted the demise of Major Too Rohner and Col. Stanek, it is evident that, like plants in the fall, we are losing our leaves. That is why it is SO CRITICAL that those of us who GREW to adulthood, or as PATIENTS, had their ADULTHOOD preserved at the 24th..."If you get to the 24th, we will get you home" the big sign over our ER DOOR. so, as we come to Branson this fall, realistically, it is LAST TIME. Having been Jimmy Doolittle's doctor in Monterey, CA, I watched and attended the "DOOLITTLE RAIDERS" reunions in Carmel Valley, CA dwindle to NOT HELD...and now only three are alive. IF YOU want to BOND and let it out....come to Branson. I want especially, our "PURPLES" to come and have the incredible rush that Jeannie and I have had...to hug a kid, once 18, whose leg, artery, belly, brain....we fixed so long ago. Come. Sign up. It will be special. DR. JB and JEANNIE.
-Monday, March 31, 2014 11:09 PM (EDT)
Daniel C. Roberts oparoberts@hotmail.com>
Sandhausen Germany
Association with 24th Evac: Chief, Logistics
Dates at 24th Evac: June-December 1968
Comments: Then "Major" Alcide Lanoue (sp?) became TSG in the '90s. During my time, we built/assembled the "Adams Huts" and got out of the tents. The 24th had just begun receiving patients after having arrived in RVN about 1 year prior to my arrival in jun 1967. The "Nurses's Lounge"..........how many people and how much smoke could that small space accommodate?
-Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:41 AM (EDT)
Jody Foss Jodyfoss@hotmail.com>
Lone Tree CO, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Nurse ER
Dates at 24th Evac: Mar 1969-1970
Comments: I have been reading many of the comments and it brings back many memories. I will never forget the people or the patients that I cared for while I was there. I am looking forward to the reunion in Branson.
-Sunday, March 23, 2014 2:38 PM (EDT)
Paul Kuehn Jr. kuehnpaul71@gmail.com>
Rochester Mn, USA
Association with 24th Evac: patient
Dates at 24th Evac: July 9th,1970 and a few weeks after
Comments: I can only repeat what has already been said, I have all the same feelings already expressed . . . was with the 25th Division, 1/27th Wolfhounds. Thank you all so much . . .
-Saturday, March 22, 2014 6:24 PM (EDT)
Ronald Ericson rericson22@gmail.com>
Visalia CA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Hospital Medic, ICU, recovery, burn ward, POW hospital, Drug screener
Dates at 24th Evac: Sept 1970 to Aug 1971
Comments: It was the most influential year of my life. The Drs., Nurses and other medics have had a great impact on my life and were role models that shaped the next 43 years of my professional & personal life. I retired from the US Navy Nurse Corps in 1995, retired again last year from Kaiser Permanente as a Nurse Manager. Thru the website I have been able to contact a few of the people I worked with. Dr. Charlie Middleton, Nurses Martha Mooney and Jane Piper. I will be attending the reunion in Sept and look forward to re-newing old friendships and meeting others from the 24th. God Bless you all, and thank you all for helping me in my journey through life. Please feel free to contact me. Cell phone 707-322-5364
-Saturday, March 22, 2014 1:31 PM (EDT)
Glenn Normand glennnormand@gmail.com>
Website URL: www.grandband.com
Spanish Fort AL, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient
Dates at 24th Evac: August 12- ??, 1968
Comments: While FDO for 5/22 Artillery at or around LZ Sandy, Phan Thiet, received shrapnel wounds head to toe in back of body...your neuro team cut the metal out of my skull, left occipital lobe, preserving what little brain I had. Fragments went through skull, but didn't penetrate brain membrane, so all I have is some vision loss...other fragments missed my spine by 1/2"...wish everyone had been so lucky and come home. The same mortar round also hit my FO, Lt. Jim Pell in the spleen. Y'all fixed him too, and I plan on visiting him within the next month. Thanks to all of you for doing what you did, and doing it so well. I am still working (music/band business) and have 5 children and 2 grands so far...
-Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:26 AM (EDT)
Robert Bayne myreusa@yahoo.com>
Maricopa AZ, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Chief of Supply and Services
Dates at 24th Evac: December 24th 1967 to August 1968
Comments: Was with 25th Division as the Division Medical from August 1967. Looking forward to Branson, MO
-Thursday, March 13, 2014 4:08 AM (EDT)
Pam (Jones) Clouser pam.clouser@gmail.com>
Indiana PA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: My Dad, Alben Barkley Jones, served from 1964-68 and was for part of that time assigned to the 24th Evac, 67th Med. Group
Dates at 24th Evac:
Comments: My name is Pam Jones and I'm trying to find information about my father, Alben (Al) Jones. He and my mom split when I was little, in the early 70s, and I wasn't able to resume contact with his family until after he had passed away (28 Nov. 2001). I don't know much about him and would love to hear from people who served with him. Thanks so much!
-Friday, March 07, 2014 11:02 PM (EDT)
Cherie Boudwin cboudwin@charter.net>
Sturgeon Bay WI, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Nurse
Dates at 24th Evac: 1966-1967
Comments: I sadly relate that George B. Pfoertner, MD, died on 2/24/14. He was at the 24th Evac in 1967-68 and was our Chief of Medicine. He has been a cherished friend for 47 years. His wife, Janell, said that he likely had a cardiac event, but was also struggling with a battle against prostate cancer which had metastasized to his bones. She also said that he was so looking forward to coming to the 24th Evac reunion and seeing everyone. He had all his reservations made and had booked his flight already so he could be sure to get there. For those of you who knew him, please remember his family in your prayers. He will be greatly missed.
-Monday, March 03, 2014 9:10 PM (EDT)
Ronald Ericson rericson22@gmail.com>
Visalia CA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Medic in ICU, Burn Ward & POW Hospital
Dates at 24th Evac: September '70 to August '71
Comments: I had the honor to serve with the finest men and women that our great country has ever produced. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me or would like to share their experience the the times at the 24th. My experience there changed my life forever.
-Saturday, March 01, 2014 1:29 AM (EDT)
DARLENE CLEMONS darlene.clemons43@yahoo.com>
EAST PEORIA IL, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Nurse. Neuro ward(s). (initially Med/Surg.wards) then approx. 9months Neuro)
Dates at 24th Evac: 10October 1970 to 5September 1971 (a/e from 24th as patient to Valley Forge,Pa).
Comments: Really looking forward to Branson Reunion in Sept. My young mom (92) will be coming with & her friend. I did locate a patient who was @ 24th.Evac. lives currently in Montana, but his daughter thinks he may not be able to come. So many memories, (fond and of course, traumatic) but we all worked as a tem no matter what years we served, was from our hearts and for freedom? Lots of mixed emotions for sure and I know I wont fit in my fatigues! ha. Will try to get some slides yet to CDS of pictures I took. Tom C. has sure done a great job coordinating all this. Branson,Mo. will be my First Reunion since you folks started. God willing will see ya there in September!!!! Hey Dr. Baldwin & Jeannie, will finally get to meet both of ya! (and many, many more) (Captain Darlene)
-Thursday, February 27, 2014 7:40 PM (EDT)
Howard Lemcke howiel@howardlemcke.com>
Salt Lake City UT, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient
Dates at 24th Evac: 23Feb68- 10Mar68
Comments: In the words of Yogi Berra, "Whooda ever thunk it?" Next Saturday we're throwing my 46th Annual "Shot-to-Hell Party" to commemorate the years I've enjoyed since the remarkable deeds of, among others, the folks at the 24th Evac performed to keep me here. Still kickin'. The Devil still doesn't know I'm dead. I've earned the world's greatest title, "Grandpa."
-Wednesday, February 26, 2014 7:30 PM (EDT)
Cathy Repko Crepko2012@hotmail.com>
Sheffield Village OH, USA
Association with 24th Evac: nurse on Surgical wards, Recovery Room, Burn Unit
Dates at 24th Evac: Sept 71-Aug 72
Comments: Was one of the last nurses at the 24th Evac and witnessed the evolution from a 300 bed hospital to a 25 bed unit. still stay in contact with some of the nurses I worked with and met with them for the dedication of the Vietnam Nurses' Memorial in 1993.
-Wednesday, February 26, 2014 1:11 AM (EDT)
Charlie Middleton lambo.middleton@gmail.com>
Fripp Island SC, USA
Association with 24th Evac: general surgeon
Dates at 24th Evac: 1971
Comments: Currently working part time in NC but write to inform friends and colleagues of the death a beloved ENT surgeon from our time, Dr. David Kelly, who passed away earlier this month after long suffering the effexts of Alzheimer's Disease. In looking at old photos and listening to old cassettes, I am reminded of his superior surgical and teaching abilities, athleticism, and great sense of humor. We all loved him and miss him.
-Monday, February 24, 2014 10:55 AM (EDT)
Tom Holland trh319@verizon.net>
Philadelphia Pa, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Operating Room Technician 91D20
Dates at 24th Evac: 11/15/70 - 11/15/71
Comments: I assisted in surgery with some of the finest doctors, nurses and technicians. Did a lot of growing up that year. I'm retired now, looking forward to seeing old friends this September in Branson.
-Sunday, February 23, 2014 2:14 PM (EDT)
Keith Solberg keiths2010@gmail.com>
Washougal WA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: xray tech
Dates at 24th Evac: nov 1970 to nov 1971
Comments: I was an xray tech at the 24th and continued on at hospitals for 45 years. Im retired now and looking forward to the reunion , see you there
-Friday, February 21, 2014 2:15 PM (EDT)
Ralph Bistodeau rbisry@hotmail.com>
Champlin Mn, USA
Association with 24th Evac: OR Medic
Dates at 24th Evac: April 1971-October 1971
Comments: Started out in 1970 in the OR at the 93rd Evac for 6 months and was transferred to the 24th OR in 1971 when the 93rd closed and went home.
-Friday, February 14, 2014 7:55 PM (EDT)
Roy "Rocky" Reid reiroy@gmail.com>
Irving TX, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Surgeon
Dates at 24th Evac: Nov 1970- Oct 1971
Comments: I got to work with a great team. We worked hard and partied hard. We danced for hours to the music of Creedence. We played liar's dice at the o club. We celebrated "purple alerts" when the base was on alert. As a group of young surgeons we did a creditable job of caring for our wounded soldiers and injured civilians. Time at the 24th evac was a poignant and life changing experience for me.
-Friday, February 14, 2014 2:28 PM (EDT)
WILLIE PARLOR williemed1@hotmail.com>
Melbourne Fl, USA
Association with 24th Evac: WARD MASTER
Dates at 24th Evac: 1966 TO 1967 Ft Sam and Vietnam
Comments: I worked on the intensive care ward. I also worked at the 93th . while we were building the 24th. I would like to fine the nurse on my ward who got married. ( we put a rubber donut for her sit on, she did not get it until our shift was al most over) I was in charge of building all CABNETS ON ALL THE WARDS. My home S C . I came to Ft. Sam from Walter Reed Hosp. Washington D C . SFC PRINCE if you read this give me a hollow on my e--mail.
-Monday, February 10, 2014 10:06 PM (EDT)
Robert (Bob) Miller rjma@rjma.com>
East Amherst NY, USA
Association with 24th Evac: 1LT Personnel Officer
Dates at 24th Evac: Aug 70 to Jun 71
Comments: Looking forward to the reunion in Branson, MO in Sept 2014.
-Saturday, February 08, 2014 5:31 PM (EDT)
David Pristash david.pristash@gmail.com>
Website URL: http://centinel2012.com/
Brecksville Ohio, USA
Association with 24th Evac: I was there as a burn patent
Dates at 24th Evac: 8 Dec 67 to 9 Dec 67
Comments: I was a 1st Lieutenant and XO of the 5th SF Group CIDG camp A-341 Bu Dop in 1967. On 8 Dec 67 we took income rounds that set off our 4.2" motor amo storage and I and two other SF troopers (SFC Broom and SP4 Schroeder) were caught in the blast. A dust off Huey pick us up and brought us to the 24th where we were processed and sent to the 106th Amy Hospital in Japan and the to Ft Sam and the Brook burn center. I was the only one that lived. Thanks to the Nurses and Doc's that worked on me I'm still here.
-Saturday, February 08, 2014 1:09 PM (EDT)
Dale Reese dereese@att.net> dereese@att.net
Pearland TX, USA
Association with 24th Evac: x-ray tech
Dates at 24th Evac: 70-71
Comments: lots of memories
-Thursday, February 06, 2014 8:02 PM (EDT)
Dr. and Mrs. John Baldwin jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte CA
Association with 24th Evac: surgeon May 68-69
Dates at 24th Evac: 68-69
Comments: Absolutely fabulous to see the site up and going! Thank you Tom and Steel. Shortly, Tom is planning to post a list of committed attendees for the Branson show-down, which will be great. I have informed every single person on my contact list and hope all of you do the same. Success is predicated on attendance, and Jeannie and I are most pleased to see so MANY PATIENTS "OUR PURPLES" planning to come! That will be awesome. Sadly I report the loss of Dr. Floyd Robinson (neurosurgeon) and commander Col. Bob Stanek MD...both incredible people.
-Monday, January 27, 2014 2:14 PM (EDT)
John Paul Castnerjpcastnerexpo@gmail.com>
Kalispell,mt/louisville,ky USA
Association with 24th Evac: adjutant
Dates at 24th Evac: apr.71 thru may 72
Comments: Just joined the 21st century a month ago when I got myself a tablet. Sooooo glad this site is here. It would be hard and take a lot of space to express my feelings about the time at the 24th evac, but believe me overall they are great. Look forward to being in contact with a lot of you.
-Sunday, January 26, 2014 9:23 PM (EDT)
Susan Marie lloon39@hotmail.com>
Last Name in Vietnam: Moore
Conyngham PA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Nurse
Dates at 24th Evac: 1967
Comments: Being able to serve with my husband at the 24th.
-Thursday, January 23, 2014 1:54 PM (EDT)
Edwin Richard Moore lloon39@hotmail.com>
Conyngham PA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Company Commader/Adjutant
Dates at 24th Evac: 1966 -1977
Comments: Watching shows like "Combat" on screen on the water tower in the middle of a war zone.
-Thursday, January 23, 2014 1:52 PM (EDT)
Darlene Harrington BuzDar@comcast.net>
Last Name in Vietnam: Wolfe
Snohomish WA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Nurse
Dates at 24th Evac: 3 Jul '67 --1 Jul '68
Comments: I worked on PO 3 and the medical ward. The year was full of experiences. Greatest patients ever! I remember so many folks on staff who shared life throughout the year. TET was when I wrote my Mom that I was "scared spitless but, functioning." We all did a lot of extra work during those couple weeks. What a fabulous crew to be a small part of.
-Sunday, January 19, 2014 9:23 PM (EDT)
Mary Becwar mk8spencer@cox.net>
Henderson NV , USA
Association with 24th Evac: RN
Dates at 24th Evac: january1st, 1972 to September, 1972
Comments: I was one the last out of Long Binh. There were only 6 or 7 of us in the medical field left to shut the hospital down. Some went home and I went on to Saigon until nov. 1972
-Sunday, January 19, 2014 11:57 AM (EDT)
Donald Anderson bigd316@comcast.net>
Bourbonnais IL, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Worked in unit supply, Left as supply Sergant,
Dates at 24th Evac: 15 November 1968 thru 26 January 1970
Comments: Showed movies for patients and other interested people. Enjoyed being at the 1993 reunion Am planning on seeing some faces from Viet Nam.
-Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:21 PM (EDT)
Brent Zimmer bszim@yahoo.com>
Colorado Springs CO, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Patient
Dates at 24th Evac: 1970
Comments: Received great care for a head injury.
-Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:45 AM (EDT)
Name: Robert L Max irishW@ctcn.net>
Urbana OH, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Med.Supply
Dates at 24th Evac: 9-68/9-69
Comments: interested in attending
-Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:50 PM (EDT)
Carl Monfalcone cdmonfalcone@comcast.net>
Mechanicsville VA, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Pharmacy Tech
Dates at 24th Evac: 1971
Comments: Also did some bartending at Officers Club.
-Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:49 AM (EDT)
James Van Doren
Association with 24th Evac: Was assigned to the 24th as NP tech, but ended up working for Col Jim King at Hq
Dates at 24th Evac: Mar-Jul 65
Comments: Was loaned to the 498th Med Co (AA) to help new 1st Sgt Ray Heins set up TO&E. Requested transfer, went with them as a flight medic around Jul 65.
-Sunday, January 12, 2014 1:34 AM (EDT)
Ed Burran e.burran@comcast.net>
Orange Park Florida, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Lab Technician with the WRAIR team
Dates at 24th Evac: April, 1968 to April, 1969
Comments: Fellow team members were; Don Boatright, Jerry Burger, Matt Kneisel, Bob Rindone and Sgt. Fred Summers. worked with Drs; Mosley, Dotty, Berman, Pruitt, McNamara, Stremple, and Molot. Nurses were; Major Burns and Lt. Dunn
-Saturday, January 11, 2014 9:59 PM (EDT)
Donad R.BigDon718@aol.com>
Dallas Texas,USA
Association with 24th Evac: I was wounded in the Hobo woods and evaced there ..I was with the 25th Infantry
Dates at 24th Evac: May 68 to may 1968
Comments: I was blown up in a truck by a land mine and the flew from the Hobo Woods to the 24th Evac from there to Yokahoma japan
-Saturday, January 11, 2014 3:20 PM (EDT)
Cherie Boudwin cboudwin@charter.net>
Sturgeon Bay WI, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Nurse
Dates at 24th Evac: 1966-1967
Comments: Am on the reunion committee with Tom Catalano and trying to find more of our people. Still trying to locate Ella Fletcher, Joyce Johnson, Bill Carpenter, Reuben Blye, Lucy Wuerth, Leah Fatter, Sgt. Ed Ayers, Sgt, Henry, Ron Ferree, Maureen Daw, Dottie Snow, Justin Renaudin, Bill Orr. Please email me if you know their whereabouts. Hope to see you all in Branson in September! Happy New Year! Posie
-Monday, January 06, 2014 4:44 PM (EDT)
Frank Becker statglucose@gmail.com>
Forest Park IL, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Lab tech
Dates at 24th Evac: February, 1970 - December, 1970
Comments: I performed thousands of emergency crossmatches, Malaria and other parasite screenings and drew lots of blood in ER, the wards, and from outpatients. It seems to me that we worked 12 hour shifts six days a week and had Sunday barbeques with steaks and beer! I would love to hear from anyone who was there
-Sunday, December 29, 2013 3:34 AM (EDT)
Bob Richardson Brichardson90@comcast.net>
Crofton Md, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Lab Tech
Dates at 24th Evac: 1972
Comments: I was the lone lab tech in the new lab built in early 1972. Made some great friends at The 24th and would like much to hear from you all again.
-Sunday, December 22, 2013 3:08 PM (EDT)
Tom Joliet (aka: Highpockets) longbrdr@hotmail.com>
Laguna Beach CA, USA
Website URL: KX935.com/Show/RadioNeighboring
Association with 24th Evac: 91D20 OR Tech, ER, Medivac
Dates at 24th Evac: 1971-72
Comments: The 24th Evac MASH went from mass casualty triage to empty over the Christmas cease-fire so Bob Hope and his dancing girls could perform. Then came Tet, and the end of the cease-fire and we were again busy repairing wounded and zipping body bags. I turned 21 there, and would love to see hooch-mate Dave Knox and Dr. Woody Woodburn to swap stories.Have you seen the movie "21 and a Wake Up" (2009)? It features the 24th Evac. I just found it on line.My wife and I are touring Vietnam 26Dec. I am glad to have been a medic
-Sunday, December 22, 2013 12:34 PM (EDT)
John Tillman johntillman14@gmail.com>
Brandon FL, USA
Association with 24th Evac: 91C, Neuro/Burn Unit/ER
Dates at 24th Evac: Nov 71-72
Comments: Would love to hear from old friends
-Wednesday, December 11, 2013 11:17 AM (EDT)
Bobby Modawell
Rineyville Ky, USA
Association with 24th Evac: 91C40/ER
Dates at 24th Evac: 1970-71. RVN 1967-1972
Comments: With help of Sp6 Fields,ER and Sgt. Gual,Registrar/A&D, we managed to slip Nguyen Ngoc Tren,waitress at Annex11 through ER,surgery,Recovery and surgical ward after a Left Nephrectomy. When it was discovered that Ms. Tren was not a CWCP candidate folks in authority came looking for three amigos .....we had bugged out for R&R in Vung Tau. All ended well,thanks to Cpt.Menlove,HN/ER and Dr.Powell,Surgeon. Ms.Tren alive and well in California. Dr. George Powell and I served together again at Fort Knox,1973. With all trauma and chaos at Queen Tonic,this mischievous event lifted a few spirits and saved a life in the process.
-Sunday, December 08, 2013 5:16 AM (EDT)
Tom Catalano tpcatalano@live.com>
Watertown NY, USA
Association with 24th Evac: Pharmacy Specialist
Dates at 24th Evac: 1967
Comments: Trying to locate following nurses: Lt. Wheeler (1968), Anita Mullen (1971) ,Lana Feldheusen, Sue Currence and Nancy Butler Landauer. If you can provide me with any information on them, it would be greatly appreciated. Contact me at 315 786-0429 or tpcatalano@live.com Have a wonderful holiday season. Thank you and hope to see you in Branson.
-Tuesday, December 03, 2013 8:23 PM (EDT)
John Baldwin MD, Major MC jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte CA
Association with 24th Evac: surgeon May 68-69
Dates at 24th Evac: 68-69
Comments: While the site was down, we lost our great commander, Col Bob Stanek from the 68-69 era. Bob was incredibly fair, a talented board-certified general surgeon, who loved to come to the OR and assist "his boys". He retired to San Antonio, and we communicated often of these 40 years. He is survived by a son, Steven, who just happens to be a doctor. Farewell good man.
-Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:31 AM (EDT)
John Baldwin MD, Major MC jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte CA
Association with 24th Evac: surgeon May 68-69
Dates at 24th Evac: 68-69
Comments: Really pleased to see the site up and running with thanks to Tom Catalano (reunion chairman) and Steel Potter and his web-site expertise. LTC Ken Butke and I will continue to answer each message that signs the guest book, and hope to see some new visuals added to the site...pictures, DVDs, etc that can be click-ons. Branson is pretty much set for our reunion in Fall 2014, a very veteran-friendly place and according to Tom, a most enthusiastic hotel staff awaits us.
It is my sad duty to announce that Major Tom Rohner, MD FACS, urology/general surgery June 68-69 died of a brain tumor in mid-November 2013. Tom was a stalwart, tireless, talented surgeon at the 24th, dependable and fast, with no complications. Coming home, he started Univ Penn/Hershey Medical School, was chief of Urology there, and president and leader of many top surgical organizations. He leaves a wife, Jessie and two wonderful "kids" as well as patients who never knew who saved their life and good friends like many of us. We will miss you,Tom.
-Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:15 AM (EDT)
Jeffrey Motyka <jeffm5658@hotmail.com>
Primm Springs, TN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: April 23, 1970 - May 3, 1970
Association: Patient
I was a combat infantryman with Company D, 1st Batallion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. I was wounded during a mortar attack at LZ Frances at 4:00 A.M. on April 23,1970. I was medevaced to the 24th Evac. My surgeon was Carl Thomas. I was hit with shrapnel in 23 places. Dr. Thomas repaired a complete severence of my right popliteal artery and vein. 43 years later I still have normal blood flow in that leg.
- Sunday, July 07, 2013 at 10:49:26 (EDT)
John F. McBride <mcskudler@msn.com>
Seattle, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: April 1969 - June 1970
Association: " Customer "
I was an RTO in alpha company, 2nd battalion, 3rd infantry, 199th infantry brigade, which was based in Ho Nai, east and south of Long Binh. Most of the casualties that I called med-evacs for went to 24th Evac, and some, of course, to 93rd. I probably dusted off about 60 guys in the 14 months I was in the field, not including those we sent out on resupply choppers with malaria or other ailments. Just want to thank everyone for all you did. I know you saved lives of men who remain very important to me. They wouldn't have made it without you. Sincerely,John F. McBride
- Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:24:07 (EDT)
Sarah Green Hord <sarah.hord@radisson.com>
Branson, MO USA
Association: Reunion Support - 2014
I just want everyone to know that it is an honor to be able to assist with your reunion and be of service to those whose sacrifices have secured my freedom to do what I love. THANKS...See you in Branson next year!
- Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 15:31:07 (EDT)
Dennis Finely
Callicoon Center, NY USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 8/22-27/1968
Association: Patient
Craniectomy performed by Major Brown. Stayed awake during surgery at Major Brown's request, operation was a success. I have lived a hard, but good life. I saw nurses perform miracles in the head injury ward, incredible compassion showed by all. I still have my Purple Heart and certificate given to me at bedside by Col. Stanek. Thank you, love you guys.
- Thursday, June 06, 2013 at 17:00:35 (EDT)
J.kapandais <J.kapandais@verizon.net>
My last name while in Vietnam was: carovillano
Rutherford, NJ USA
Association: My fiance was there March 24-26, 1967
Looking for someone who may have treated him. He was in Mekong Delta with 9th infantry 3/34 art bat. He was injured in helicopter accident when he walked into rear rotor blades.
- Monday, June 03, 2013 at 09:43:35 (EDT)
Kernel Haywood <kernel_haywood@yahoo.com>
Corpus Christi, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1966-1967
Association: 169th engineers, construction, long bing help build 24 evac, carpenter
it was bad at times,ammo dump blowing & scrapnal flying over to our compound, 1 hurt.
- Monday, May 27, 2013 at 08:22:30 (EDT)
Robinson Cummings <robinsoncummings@msn.com>
Yauco, PR USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1970 to 1971
Association: Medic and X-Ray Tech
I worked in the ER of the 24th Evac and Radiology Department. I loved my time there and the staff. My rank was E-5.
- Friday, May 10, 2013 at 15:55:33 (EDT)
Bill White <williamwhite295@gmail.com>
Washington, DC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 67-68
Association: OR tech at the 24th Evac
John McDonald, where are you? Dana? Jackson? Dr.Beasley?
- Sunday, May 05, 2013 at 10:11:45 (EDT)
Ralph G Leigh <rleigh1962@gmail.com>
Ironton, MO USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Early 1968
Association: Medic/Driver
I was a medic at the 24th early 1968. After Vietnam I went to Medical School and return to the active Army as a Special Forces Doctor. Retired as a LTC,in 1993.
- Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 15:56:17 (EDT)
Robert Milligan <r-milligan@sbcglobal.net>
North Canton, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 1, 1968 - March 4, 1968
Association: Was operated on in March of 1968
Was an airborne censor on an infra red mohawk at Can Tho with the 244th. Avn. Co. Was hit with a mortar on 25 Feb. 1968 in our mess hall after an infra red flight abound our base. I probably photographed the enemy that hit us that night. Was helicoptered to Much Hua and later to Long Binh, where I had surgery on my right hand. Later went to Tonsanute Air Force Hospital and then to Camp Zama, Japan by C-141. Was discharged in Oakland, Calif on 25 May 1968. Had surgery at Zama and had a large piece of the mess hall roof taken out of my left temple behind my eye. That was the end of my days flying on a Mohawk, but am member of OV-1 Mohawk Assoc. Now reside in North Canton, Ohio
- Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 13:33:45 (EDT)
Ralph G Leigh <rleigh1962@gmail.com>
Ironton, MO USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Early 1968
Association: Medic on Neurosurgery Ward
I have visited with Mike Spratt last year 2012 in Texas.
- Friday, April 26, 2013 at 17:18:55 (EDT)
Rick Kasube <rkasube@earthlink.net>
LaVerne, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March '68 to March '69
Association: 91C Medic
I was a 91c medic on the pre-op and post-op wards from March of '68 to March of '69. Looking for Tim Smith who was an operating room tech. He was my hoch mate. I think he was from Birmingham Alabama. I'd like to hear from any of the folks who worked in my area at that time. Agent orange damage is a bitch; I know personally.
- Sunday, April 07, 2013 at 19:53:03 (EDT)
Jose Echevarria <gregorycordoves@yahoo.com>
Patton, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: JAN 71 TO AUGUST 72
Association: Logistics
TRANSPORTED SUPPLIES FOR THE 24TH. PARTICIPATED IN DIFFERENT MISSIONs THROUGHOUT BETWEEN NORTHERN TERRITORIES AND BACK. DECLINED PURPLE HEART AND OTHER NOMINATIONS. NOT UNTIL THE LAST BODY OF THOSE ALIVE AND THOSE DEAD RETURNED TO THEIR FAMILIES.
- Sunday, April 07, 2013 at 19:49:56 (EDT)
Lelon Cross <lelon@crosstire.com>
Little Rock, AR USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 67 - Jan 68
Association: Medic on Neurosurgery Ward
Very fond memories of working with Drs. Patrick, Renedan, Jelsma; Nurses Hawken, Dunn, Groce, Costello; and medics Jones, Overton, and others. I was contacted recently regarding a possible reunion in 2014. I sure hope that it can come together, as it would certainly be nice to renew old acquaintances.
- Sunday, April 07, 2013 at 18:09:30 (EDT)
Steve <paly@gci.net>
Anchorage, AK USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Mid-February 1969
Association: Received attention for wounded knee
On my third night in-country in mid-February 1969, about 70 Russian 122mm rockets came down in the area around my "hootch" on Long Binh Post. I, and all the other young officers in my barracks building dashed for the protective bunker outside. I fell down while running for the bunker, and, as I was wearing just shoes and boxer shorts, I tore open my left knee on the hard, rough, dry lateritic soil (it was the dry season at that time). After the All-Clear sounded, someone called an ambulance for me, and I was driven to the 24th Evac, where a Medical Corpsman put a lot of jelly-like antiseptic on my wound, and bandaged it up. Then I was told to take a seat (near the entrance to the 24th Evac reception door), and, for the next few hours, I watched the wounded brought in. I remember seeing a Colonel carried in right past me on a stretcher. His skin color was grey, and I feared the worst. I found out later he must have been the Base Commander, who was killed by enemy small arms fire near a point where about 140 VC came through the Base's barbed wire. It was quite a night. The next morning, I went to my second day at my new post at USARV-HQ in the Engineers Section. My leg took four months to heal completely. I guess I'm lucky it didn't get infected, even though I got the bandage changed every day at the nearby dispensary. ...It was quite an adventure back then; once you left the U.S., you simply disappeared. Other than an occasional letter back and forth, as far as your family was concerned, you might as well have been on Mars for a year.
- Friday, March 22, 2013 at 09:48:58 (EDT)
(Bill) William M Miller <billmiller@air-pipe.com>
Cheney, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1970-1971
Association: Biomedical Service Repairman
I served as the Hospital's only Biomedical Service Repairman. Would love to get connected....
- Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10:26:11 (EDT)
Danny Langloss <dlang151@comcast.net>
Dixon, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov 68 thru June 69
Association: Personnel Sergent
Looking for Spec 4 Raposa, Ramirez, and others who served during this time at the 24th. Watched Johnny Cash show in the unit and have lasting memories of 69 TET counter-offensive on Feb 22-23, 1969. Raposa was Med-evac'd out to Japan after suffering tendon cuts to his hand. He was a medic at the 24th. Any info appreciated.
- Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:59:52 (EDT)
Daniel Kadlec <healingheart2001@hotmail.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: July 3, 1970 - approx August 3, 1970
Association: Patient
I arrived on July 3, 1970 with multiple fragment wounds, including shrapnel in my heart, and left BK amputation. You all patched me up just fine and I've had and am having a great life. So thank you all for saving my life, and for your service to our Country. I'm reading a book about nurses from Minnesota who served in VN, some at the 24th Evac. They (you) paid a very high price in your service and my eternal thanks and respect goes out to all of you. I would love an email from any of you who might remember me.
- Sunday, March 03, 2013 at 16:34:36 (EST)
Alan Gossett <karen-hickey@sbcglobal.net>
Enfield, CT USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: n/a
Association: I was never stationed at the 24th evac, but the 29th evac
I was stationed at the 29th evac hosp from oct 1968 to nov 1969, as a medic. I would like to talk to others who were there.
- Friday, February 22, 2013 at 09:00:38 (EST)
Susan L (Graski) Backs <sunshine223@mindspring.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Lodge
Leavenworth, KS USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May1970-June 1971
Association: Army Nurse
Greetings All, A dear friend, Brooke Serpe-Ingold, (yep another ret ANC) went back to Vietnam in Sept of 2010. Wonderful trip with the Vietnam Battlefield Tour folks. THey will take you where you want to go...I stood on the site of my 'hootch' at the 24th...the only thing left is the water tower. It is now a huge industrial park and the name of the street in front of the hootch was 'Hershey'...pretty wierd. Started the tour in Hanoi--even had a visit with the Marines at the US Embassy. Anyone interested, these guys are super, all vets and really take care of Vets and families. Good web site..SusanB
- Friday, February 15, 2013 at 08:54:55 (EST)
Grethe Cammermeyer RN, PhD, COL, Ret <Grethe@cammermeyer.com>
Langley, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Feb 1967-May 1968
Association: Nurse
Arrived in VN during Tet 1967 with Susan Dunn on same plane. Arrived at 24th on the 5th day of being open. Head nurse 6 months on Medical ward then 8 months head nurse Neurosurgery. Don Patrick was neurosurgeon of record. Was at the wonderful reunion in 1993 in DC. Ended up retiring from military after 31 years having challenged the military's antigay policy. DADT was finally repealed after 20 years and I felt vindicated. Here in Washington State marriage equality was enacted and I married my partner of 24 years in December 2012.
- Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 18:42:06 (EST)
Susan Lodge (Graski) Backs <sunshine223@mindspring.com>
Leavenworth, KS USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 1970 -June 1971
Association: Army Nurse
Greetings all!! Please see the Women's Vietnam Memorial web site for all details of the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Memorial!! Many of us are already planning to go to Washington, DC for the weekend ... November 9-11 2013. Please join us if you are able. Susan B.
- Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 18:39:32 (EST)
Cherie (Posie) Boudwin <boudwin@sbcglobal.net>
Sturgeon Bay, WI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1966-1967
Association: Nurse
I was at the 24th Evac when we opened the hospital in January, 1967, and was Head Nurse on ICU-3. I am trying to locate Ella (Laurie) Fletcher, Joyce Johnson and Jeanne Markle. Would appreciate any info you may have about them. If you were there too, please sign in! Regards to All at the 24th, Posie
- Sunday, February 03, 2013 at 11:39:58 (EST)
Cindy Mason Young <csueyoungster@gmail.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Mason
McAllen, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 69-70
Association: ANC on Wards 5&6
There is interest in having a reunion in very late 2013 or 2014. I have been asked if this website could be used to generate and discuss interest, and be used for logistics for said reunion. Tho I was the webmistress initially, I have not been connected with this site for years. If there is still anyone, Dr. Baldwin, Ken Butke or Joan Fortmiller, out there tending this site, could you please contact me by email? Thank you - c
- Sunday, February 03, 2013 at 11:33:11 (EST)
Clayton Matthew Peterson <vet1969@comcast.net>
Montesano, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: April 29 - May 13 1969
Association: Patient
I was a patient of Dr. John Baldwin and would like any information about reunions of the 24th Evac. Thank you to all the doctors and nurses. Would like to find a nurse who was there at that time; she held my hand while the gauze was being pulled out both sides of my nose. Both of my sinuses were packed with the gauze and it was very painful coming out, so that the nurse cried. I held back my tears because of her compassion. I have said it many times but I cannot give enough thanks to all of you for the great care shown to me through it all. All I remember is that she had blond hair.
- Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 11:47:36 (EST)
David Hadden <sdhadden_2000@yahoo.com>
Chanhassen, MN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1970
Association: Ortho Tech
Please send info on the reunion. Also encourage enlisted men to attend this time.
- Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 13:13:02 (EST)
Darlene Clemons <darlene.clemons43@yahoo.com>
East Peoria, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 10 October 1970-05 Sept.1971
Association: Nurse
THANKS. I was on Neuro Wards. Am writing this in regard to interest of 24thEvac. Reunion sometime in 2013? My preference is Branson,Mo. I know another 'Nam Veteran,(combat medic) and he met with his 'buddies,' about 2yrs. ago in Branson,Mo. He said, 'the hotel they stayed at couldn't do enough for their Veterans.' Invited them to come back soon." Darlene C.
- Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 17:39:49 (EST)
Barbara Gallagher <barbarag1223@gmail.com>
North Richland Hills, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: mid Feb - Dec 1968
Association: Nurse ER 1968
Happy New Year. Got an email saying there is some talk of a REUNION. Questions posed: 1) Would I attend? -- "yes, if I can" 2) City (Denver, Chicago, Branson,DC) -- "my choice DC" 3) Would who signs up influence whether you would come...as in, "want to see them"? ---"not really" Dr. Baldwin is tabulating results.Hope everyone has a healthy & prosperous 2013. Barbara Gallagher ER 1968
- Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 17:36:09 (EST)
Patrick Guido <kim2266@aol.com>

Association: Relative
My name is Patrick Guido. I submitted a Guest book entry in hopes of finding information about my Aunt. At the time of the General's visit my Aunt was a Major. She absolutely was a Chief Nurse. However, I do not know military hierarchy as there may be more than one TYPE of chief nurse. My family has more than one picture of her with the General. I will ask them to dig them up because my Aunt was METICULOUS with information and dates. Hopefully a date will accompany her pictures. I looked at the picture and I can not tell if it is her or not. Her military records have sooo many duties, like Chief Operating Room Nurse, Medical Surgical Supervisor, Education Coordinator... Her tour with the 24th states Oct 19, 1966 to Nov 1,1967. Feel free to contact me at this email or call me at 267-968-7995. In February, my family is presenting my Aunt with a Shadowbox . She resides in Orlando VA -CLC and has dementia. We are trying to find anything we can that can add to this ceremony. I will try to get back to you about the date of General Westmoreland's visit. Patrick Guido
- Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 17:29:08 (EST)
Patrick Guido <kim2266@aol.com>
Bensalem, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 10/19/66 through 11/1/67
Association: Relative
I am nephew to Colonel Joan M. Polidori-Kleca. In looking through her records, she served this Hospital during 1966 and 1967. I believe she was a Major at the time. My aunt is alive and resides in the Orlando VA Med'l Center CLC area. Her dementia limits my ability to track her whereabouts. I have some of her records and pictures. If anyone can enlighten me as to what/where/when she served, any stories... I would greatly appreciate it. On President's day weekend the family plans to fly down to present her with a ShadowBox. My Aunt also served in Vietnam in the 85th prior to this and the 51st Field Hospital after. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated. My father and my Aunt are all we have left from this generation that are still with us. PG 267-968-7995. cell
- Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 17:25:46 (EST)
Norman Sinowitz <nsinowitz@gmail.com>
Cooper City, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jul-Oct. 1965
Association: Clerk Typist / Litter Bearer
I would like to purchase the DVD Angels At War which mentions the 24th Evac Hosp. To what address do I mail the check to purchase the DVD Angels At War?? A Happy New Year 2013 to you all. Respectfully, Norman Sinowitz
- Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 17:21:59 (EST)
Charles Middleton <lambo.middleton@gmail.com>
Fripp Island, SC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1971
Association: General Surgeon
Practicing part time. Looking for Bob Briggs, plastic surgeon.
- Friday, January 04, 2013 at 09:03:03 (EST)
David Suehring <dsue1@new.rr.com>
Oshkosh, WI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 18 April 1968 - June?
Association: Patient
I had this wonderful nurse named Wheeler and she was great to me. If she is on your register please give her a big thank you from me and all her other patients. Bless her.
- Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 11:54:01 (EST)
Lew Wilson <drlew1218@gmail.com>
Frisco, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 66-67
Association: General Medical Officer
Worked with Chuck Deardorff (deceased) on the surgical side. Great learning experience. Happy New Year to all.
- Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 11:52:09 (EST)
John "Kid Q" Quellos <JohnRQ1@aol.com>
Parma Heights, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 1970-July 1971
Association: Medical Record Clerk
Currently fighting the VA on a PTSD claim. If anyone remembers me, anything you could email me regarding our daily hell there would be greatly appreciated.
- Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 11:49:38 (EST)
Norman Sinowitz <nsinowitz@gmail.com>
Cooper City, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jul-Oct. 1965
Association: Clerk-Typist/Litterbearer
I noticed yesterday 12/27/12 that the late actor Charles Durning was a patient at the 24th Evac in France during WWII around 1944 or 1945. Charles Durning passed away around 12/26 or 27, 2012. He was 89 years old.
- Friday, December 28, 2012 at 14:21:11 (EST)
Norman Sinowitz <nsinowitz@gmail.com>
Cooper City, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jul-Oct. 1965
Association: Clerk-Typist/Litterbearer
I noticed yesterday 12/27/12 that the late actor Charles Durning was a patient at the 24th Evac in France during WWII around 1944 or 1945. Charles Durning passed away around 12/26 or 27, 2012. He was 89 years old.
- Friday, December 28, 2012 at 14:20:59 (EST)
Gary K. Thompson <gkt47@aol.com>
Littleton, CO USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 69-70
Association: OR Tech 91D20
Gary K. Thompson address for reunion information 8716 W. Indore Dr. Littleton, CO 80128 h-303-978-9782 c-303-882-5624 Surgical Assistant heart team Lutheran, and St Anthony hospitals Denver. Was at 24 June 69-70 operating room tech.
- Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 18:19:12 (EST)
Charles Middleton <lambo.middleton@gmail.com>
Fripp Island, SC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1971
Association: General Surgeon
Practicing part time. Looking for Bob Briggs, plastic surgeon.
- Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 10:45:33 (EST)
Ken Bopp <amandabiker@cox.net>
Destrehan, LA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 67-68
Association: Nurse Anesthetist
I am the liason officer for The National Association of Medics and Corpsmen. We are a membership organization made up of all walks of medical personnel. The largest majority of the membership is made up of individuals from the Viet Nam era but we do have members from the most recent conflicts also. We accept for membership all individuals serving or having served with any medical unit from the individual corpsman all the way up to the highest officer. Physicians, nurses, anesthetists, hospital based and combat medics are all eligible for membership. I myself am a retired Nurse Anesthetist. We hold annual meetings around the country and are involved in helping the individual members adapt to the challenges of returning home. There is no formal structure to this assistance other than interchange with each other. Many of us feel that, at times, this is to the individual's advantage. Be that as it may, our primary purpose is to help the individual medics in their return to daily life whether as a civilian or still on active duty. The individual members of NAMC have a wealth of information to assist returning medics in procuring direct assistance from various other organizations such as the VA as well as other non-government programs. The membership of NAMC would like to request that you post this notice of our existence so concerned individuals may be aware of the opportunity to join us. We believe that everyday communication amongst those with similar backgrounds will be to the individual's advantage in their return to daily life. We realize that many efforts are being made in the Veteran's Administration but that those efforts also take time and, for some, there is no time to waste. Simple talk among persons dealing with, or having dealt with similar problems, can be an invaluable lifeline. We have a web site, http://www.medics-corpsmen.com/. This is the latest of the sites. The old site, http://www.medics-corpsmen.us/ is still in existence but may be taken down at some future time. Please share this so the word can get out. If you have contact with anyone on active duty, any military group or unit, especially medical units please copy this and forward it. We want to help.
- Friday, December 14, 2012 at 15:37:17 (EST)
Dennis H. Zobel <jim-clark@sbcglobal.net>
San Antonio, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 69-July 70
Association: Worked in X-ray
Dennis H. Zobel, 1325 W. Elsmere Pl. San Antonio, Tx. 78209. e-mail address: jim-clark@sbcglobal.net I was stationed in x-ray at the 24th Evac from June 69-July 70. I would like to find about any reunions etc. Thank you. Dennis
- Friday, December 07, 2012 at 09:41:43 (EST)
Harvey Lagasse <journeysendcarriage@yahoo.com>

Hi I'm Lagasse Harvey E-4. I was in Nam with the 24 in the 1968 to 1971 timeframe. I was a medic in wards and a dust off medic. When I got in country they said that they lost my paperwork but still go to the 24th. Now I have lung, heart and sugar problems. I know we flew into that shit a lot. My friend that was with me just died. His name was Frank Burns. We were buds. I need paperwork to show the VA. Can you send an e-mail to me PLEASE. Welcome home. I'm also on oxgen now. If my spelling is wrong, it is because I don't get blood to my head fast. I'm dying. Please help. Harvey Lagasse E-4
- Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 16:21:30 (EST)
Thomas Strempka <trs1948@comcast.net>
Bloomfield Hills, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 29 Oct71 to 9 Nov71
Association: Patient
Thank you to all the wonderful nurses and doctors of the 24th Evac including the Dust-off crews and support staff that got my men and me to the hospital safely and tended to our wounds. I was in Charley Company, 1/12th Cav, 1st Air Cav Division, 1st Platoon. On 29 Oct71 we were on a large scale mission involving 2 Batallions, 1/12th Cav and 2/5th Cav in Long Khanh Province against the 33rd NVA Regiment. This,29 Oct, was the third day into our mission when my platoon walked into a booby trap/ambush. We were hit with anti-personnel mines etc. When it was over we had 8 WIA and 1 KIA. I was wounded in my legs with shrapnel and eventually was returned to the states with the others to rehab. I spent 3 months at Great Lakes Naval hospital in rehab. Thanks for the care you gave us.
- Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 16:14:39 (EST)
Stuart B. Ingle <stuieca@hotmail.com>
Burkburnett, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Oct 28 1970 - Nov 4 1970
Association: Patient
I was treated at the 24th for gunshot wound to left hand at about 2 - 2:30 pm. Don't remember much as I had bleedout and was 2 -3 heartbeats from DOA. Came from the Gate 1 guard unit assigned to HQs company next to the microwave towers. Sgt. Hanson was our Sgt. along with 2 E-7s who both served in Korea. Was assigned to Radio Co. 160th signal Bn. Camp Garry at the 2 15 ft wide microwave antenna and transferred to perimeter guard early Sept 1970.
- Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 15:54:54 (EST)
Christina Kingsbury <christinahkingsbury@gmail.com>
Marblehead, MA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: April 15, 1971 - 29 February 1972
Association: My mother was an OR Staff Nurse
Capt. Mary Jane Heffernan (now Kingsbury) of Lynn, MA served the US Army in the Vietnam War 15 April 1971 - 29 February 1972. She was an Operating Room Staff Nurse at the 24th Evacuation Hospital Battalion, Republic of Vietnam. She received an Army Commendation Medal 20 March 1972 for her services at the hospital, and was noted to have "Accomplished every task with unrelenting loyalty and efficiency." She continued to work as a nurse at J.B. Thomas, Mary Alley Hospital, Salem Hospital, and the Marblehead Walk-In Center. A Marblehead resident for 28 years and the mother of adopted daughter Christina, Mary Jane is now enjoying retirement in Marblehead MA with her husband Gary Kingsbury. This Veteran's Day marks her 70th birthday. If anyone knew her or has any pictures of that time, please contact me.
- Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 17:23:14 (EST)
Robert P Tennant <runrobak@gmail.com>
Dilliner, PA USA
Association: My deceased father was a cook for the Army and served there.
If anyone remembers my father (SP5 Robert Lee Tennant) and would care to share any memories with me, I would enjoy it tremendously. Thank you.
- Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 17:19:41 (EST)
Barbara Gallagher <barbarag1223@gmail.com>
North Richland Hills, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Feb - Dec 1968
Association: Nurse ER 1968
HAPPY VETERAN'S DAY. WELCOME HOME. Barbara
- Sunday, November 04, 2012 at 14:15:41 (EST)
Harvey Lagasse <cdedriving@gmail.com>
Bronson, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1968-1971
Association: Medic on helicopter
Well I'm 63 now and for some reason the Nam is in my head more than ever. I'm dying now. I guess the Nam is going to get me after all. I was dead when I left Nam and didn't know. I think about Long Bien and what it may look like now. I have no regrets at all. Thanks guys and ladies.
- Friday, November 02, 2012 at 15:15:25 (EDT)
Thomas Osborn <tomosborn7818@comcast.net>
Dyer, IN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1968-1969
Association: Corpsman
Have fond memories of men I worked with.
- Friday, November 02, 2012 at 15:09:50 (EDT)
Patricia A. Hayes <pattyhayesbisbee@yahoo.com>
Bisbee, AZ USA
Association: Wife to Lee E. Hayes
Am proud of my husband and his services in Viet Nam.
- Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 12:40:21 (EDT)
Paul Decker <pdecker@stny.rr.com>
Binghamton, NY USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 1969
Association: Patient
I wanted to relay a huge belated "Thank You" to the staff of the 24th Evac. In May 1969 I received wonderful care at your hospital. As a patient I had been transferred to the 24th from the 12th Evac in Cu Chi. Best Wishes, Paul Decker, light weapons infantry, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. http://www.bravo2-7.org/wp/
- Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 18:07:02 (EDT)
Darrell Ross Hoffman <bearpa1@tampabay.rr.com>
Valrico, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1967-1968
Association: Lab Technician
Worked with Dan Cunningham,"Cherry",Gorsuch(sp?)"Zero",Lenny Soon.
- Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 09:58:41 (EDT)
William Steele <ib11b@yahoo.com>
Corona, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 24 Sep 69
Association: Patient
I was a pfc with bravo co 2nd bn 3rd inf 199th LIB admitted at 0730 24 Sep 69 for frag shrapnel to my spine returning from night patrol. I remember mostly the pain in my legs while getting xrays and waiting to go into surgery. It was probably only an hour or so but seemed like forever. 4mg of ms would have helped at this point and I wouldn't be posting about it 43 years later.
- Sunday, October 07, 2012 at 16:42:53 (EDT)
Robert McCoy <bmccoy101@hotmail.com>
Topeka, KS USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 20-21, 1970
Association: Patient
I along with about four or five fellow soldiers of 3rd of the 9th infantry were medavaced here as we were engaged in heavy small arms fire in a woodline in the Mekong Delta for about 90 minutes! All of us substained wounds as a direct result of this intense firefight! the Viet Cong were in a fortified bunker complex. We called in cobra gunships to attack this v.c. complex! The Viet Cong suffered several deaths during this firefight! WE WERE TRANSPORTED TO EITHER THE 24TH OR 12TH MED-AVAC HOSPITAL! MY MEDICAL RECORDS WERE MIS-PLACED BY ME AS I WAS TO TAKE BACK TO MY BASE CAMP OF BEN LUC! NEED TO SUBSTANTIATE THE MED-AVAC HELICOPTER CRASH IN ROUTE TO THE HOSPITAL! I WAS TREATED BY A DOCTOR SHARE, I BELIEVE A MAJOR OR CAPTAIN @ ONE OF THESE TWO HOSPITALS? VERY IMPORTANT AND IF ANYONE HAS ANY IMFORMATION AS TO VERIFY AN AWARD FROM THIS INCIDENT PLEASE LET ME KNOW IMEDIATELY! THANKS, ROBERT(BOB) McCOY, AT: BMCCOY101@HOTMAIL.COM. THANKS!!!
- Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 09:31:06 (EDT)
Jane Piper <jspiper01@yahoo.com>
Thomaston, ME USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov 70-Mar 71
Association: Lt/Cpt surgical nurse
I was originally assigned to the 12 Evac at Cu Chi. When the 25th Inf Division colors were sent home and the 12th was closed, several of us were re-assigned to the 24th. I'm sorry I don't recall any specific names of staff or patients. Lots of memories tho, both good and bad. We took the bus or walked to work as there was no room at the 24th for us - we were housed in quarters next to the officer's club which was about 1 mile from the hospital on base - quite convenient actually! And there was hot water for showers that we never had at Cu Chi! I worked mostly nites to make the time go faster. I do recall a list of foods on the fridge in the ward of foods we missed. Enjoy reading the posts. Seems like such a long time ago now.
- Sunday, September 02, 2012 at 10:12:11 (EDT)
Thomas Kunik <takunik48@gmail.com>
Erie, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 1969 to May 1970
Association: Medic, assigned to the 24th, took care of the dispensery. I was responsible for medical needs of all 24th personnel. Also worked the ER and some of the wards when needed.
I really enjoyed my time at the 24th, the people were great to work with. I enjoyed giving shots and taking care of all the needs of the 24th folks. I took many photos for a Dr. Kuflick, not sure of spelling, he was dermatologist and had albums full of photos of every case we worked on. The hospital also took care of the Vietnam locals at the dispensary. I took a lot of photos of these cases. I was also a patient at the hospital for a couple of weeks with a dislocated knee - playing football medics vs doctors. I was manager of the EM club for about 6 months and was also manager of the domestic hire fund. I made spec 5 going in front of the board forgetting my dog tags. I got to pay all the MaMaSans for working around the hospital. I would like to thank everyone for making this bad time enjoyable.
- Friday, August 31, 2012 at 09:44:18 (EDT)
Barbara Acee <bjracee@gmail.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969-70
Association: Secretary
I was the secretary at the 24th Evac during 1969-70. I would love to be informed of future gatherings. Thanks, Barbara Rubenstein Acee
- Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 08:40:14 (EDT)
Harvey Lagasse
Bristol, CT USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 68-70
Association: Medic on helicopter
I was blown out of the bird on nov 23 1970 after a round just short of the bird. Frank Homes was with me.
- Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 08:37:30 (EDT)
David Lindley <davidflin48@yahoo.com>
Anderson, IN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969-1970
Association: Lab Technician, Spec 5
Spent most of my time in the Lab, or sitting on the water tower out behind the Lab. One of the best sunsets. I remember long hours and thousands of Malaria slides every day. It could be so stressful when the wounded arrived. We also served a POW Hospital (can't remember the number). I do remember LBJ was right across the road from our hooch.
- Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 11:57:39 (EDT)
Marion Vincent <v_marion@bellsouth.net>
Columbia, SC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 1968
Association: Patient
Was wounded outside of Can Tho Feb. 27, 1968.
- Friday, July 27, 2012 at 10:46:22 (EDT)
Daniel Hollis <dbassman59@yahoo.com>
Enfield, CT USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 9 March 1968
Association: Patient
I was a member of the 36th Eng Bn CoA at the rock quarry at Gre. I was wounded by a VC Mine while going to the 11 Cav Base camp for supplies. I was only in Nam for 12 day befor I got hit. I realy never had the time to make friends. I WANT TO THANK THE 24TH FOR THE CARE THEY GAVE ME. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
- Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 09:11:38 (EDT)
John Lawrence <johnlaw@uoregon.edu>
Eugene, OR USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May to December, 1969
Association: ER Medic
Announcement: Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon has agreed to present me with the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal in a public ceremony. Since this is a unit award I would like to extend an invitation to everyone who served with the 24th Evac no matter when (to include patients as well) to be on the stage with me to share in this experience. The Senator's scheduler just called to inform me that they are looking at January for the presentation. The location will be in Portland, Oregon at a town hall setting. The Portland metro area has a population of around 2 million people so this will be a very large town hall meeting. I really don't want to be the only one standing up there receiving this medal. If any of you can make it I would be most appreciative. The Senator's scheduler said they had never done a public award for an Army medical unit, possibly making this a first of its kind in Oregon. This will be a media event so it's a chance for us to have our moment in the sun. Please spread the word so we can give the Senator a proper showing. This should have a serious impact on the public to see something like this go down. We deserve it. Blessings to you all. John Lawrence
- Friday, July 13, 2012 at 18:24:13 (EDT)
Belinda Elmore <bjandroxie88@embarqmail.com>
Mount Airy, NC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: ?-June '72
Association: Friend of Steven Mont Smoot
I am trying to find someone who may remember Steve Mont Smoot. He was a friend of mine and I would like to know more about his work in Nam. He was killed on 6/01/1972. The military has him as a non-hostile casualty. I would like to find out more about his death too. PLEASE contact me if you have any memory of my dear friend Steve. Thank you,Belinda Elmore
- Sunday, July 08, 2012 at 11:19:46 (EDT)
Robert McCoy <BMCCOY101@HOTMAIL.COM>
Topeka, KS USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: JUNE 20TH, OR JUNE 21ST 1970
Association: I ended up there from a head injury ??
Crashed on a MED-AVAC enroute to the 24th Evac. Four or five members were on this helicopter, but crashed and I ended up at the 24th Evac Hospital from head injuries. I was treated by a Doctor Share. My medical records were lost on the way back to Ben Luc home base. I need to substantiate a claim of Purple Heart, as I was awarded a bronze star as wounded by enemy fire grenades in a woodline. We were dusted off to the 24th Evac Hospital. Does anyone know how to get information as to this helicopter crashing in the Mekong Delta on the above dates? If so, please contact me immediately at the above email address. THANK YOU! ROBERT J. MCCOY, OR BOB MCCOY
- Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 15:15:33 (EDT)
Anthony Planas <jpl4097@sbcglobal.net>
San Antonio, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Periodically to see my Uncle
Association: My uncle, Arnold Planas, was NCOIC ( I think)
I was in Aco. 2/47 Mechanized 9th inf div.
- Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 15:06:45 (EDT)
John Quellos <JohnRQ1@aol.com>
Parma Hts, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 1970 July 1971
Association: Medical records
I want to thank you for keeping this site going. Have heard from a few of the people I was with at "Queen Tonic". Anyone who served with me, please feel free to say hi. John "Kid Q" Quellos
- Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 10:35:13 (EDT)
Ralph Arvizu <ralarviz05@cox.net>
Peoria, AZ USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1 March 1967-May 1967
Association: Patient
I was wounded in the Iron Triangle during Operation Junction City on 1 March 1967. I was in a tank unit ("C" Co 2nd Bn 34th Armor) where my tank was hit by an RPG-2 round. Out of the 4-man crew, two were KIA and me the gunner were choppered out at daybreak. The gunner was burned very badly and was evacuated to Japan. I was flown into the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh where I was very well taken care of. My orders for my Purple Heart came from the 24th Evacuation Hospital. There was a young either 1st Lt. or 2nd Lt. Nurse by the name of LaRocca. After all these years I have always remembered her name and would like to contact her if possible to thank her for the excellent job she did while I was there. I remember having my 21st birthday there and her wishing me a Happy Birthday!
- Friday, June 15, 2012 at 09:56:40 (EDT)
Nyree Norman <nyree.norman@optusnet.com.au>
Melbourne, VIC Australia
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 1969
Association: Niece of Timothy Turner died June 69
My Uncle Timothy Turner died of a head injury in June 1969. I joined the Australian Army in 1992 as a Medic with 11 Field Ambulance and have since been a civilian ICU Trauma CCRN for 16 years. I would love to find out more about my Uncle's injuries, conscious state etc. My family have only ever known very scant details so it may provide some closure.
- Friday, June 08, 2012 at 18:14:23 (EDT)
James Ferrone <james_ferrone@yahoo.com>
Bellingham, MA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: @QW- 2-11-70-march
Association: Patient
10 hit 1 kia, Without the 24th we would have more than 1 kia. Everyone with the 24th, thank you for my life. GARY OWEN jim cold steel alp
- Friday, June 08, 2012 at 17:38:16 (EDT)
John Quellos <JohnRQ1@aol.com>
Parma Hts, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 1970-July 1971
Association: Medical records clerk in the E.R.
Was the best group of people in country. Did a wonderful work to save so many. Time there sucked but was a blessing to serve with all of you.
- Friday, June 08, 2012 at 17:32:31 (EDT)
Mike Spratt <MLSPRATT@AOL.COM>
The Woodlands, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 26 Dec.1967 - 19 Feb. 1968
Association: Corpsman Wards 5 & 6
I felt very fortunate to be assigned to the 24th Evac. Hosp. considering the heavy battles taking place throughout the country. It was a great learning experience and an opportunity to help many during their healing and recovery time. The Doctors, Nurses and other Corpsman were always doing their best to help all the wounded patients to prepare for a trip back to the states. I took many pictures but didn't write everyone's name down. I was there during two Tet offensives and the riot of Long Bien Jail. There were many happy faces during July 1968 when the commodes were in place instead of the outhouse. We also began the 6 day/ 12 hour/week shifts which helped the time pass by. It was fun to see a few movie stars as they came thru to visit the Patients. A couple of years after the service, I entered the Houston Fire Dept. and retired (Feb.'04) after 32 years. I also have a son and a brother in the Hou. Fire Dept. I missed the reunions of San Antonio and D.C.and would like to make the next(?) one. One of the Med. Corpsman I worked with on ward 5 & 6 was Ralph Leigh. After the service he went back to school (G.I.Bill) and got his Doctors degree. After the service he retired (L.Col.) & now working in E.R. in a Hosp. After 44 years, he and wife visited this past week. We would like to get in touch with others if possible by email or by Cell phone (281) 728-3049.
- Friday, June 08, 2012 at 17:29:55 (EDT)
Jay Proctor <jayproctor68@aol.com>
Louisville, KY USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov 68 to Dec-68
Association: Patient
Was there for about a month then was evac'ed to Japan 106 General hospital for about 4 months.
- Friday, June 01, 2012 at 14:00:58 (EDT)
George Williams <gsw9818@gmail.com>
Sun Lakes, AZ USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: August 1969 - January 1970
Association: Medic on Ward 5
Just discovered this site. What memories it brings. Sometimes it feels like yesterday; sometimes it feels like forever ago. Feel free to contact me.
- Friday, June 01, 2012 at 13:58:46 (EDT)
Chuck Boulet <cboulet@sc.rr.com>
Hopkins, SC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 4/66-6/67
Association: 91C on pre-op/rec
Cancer returned 6 mos after last radiation and chemo. Had total Laryngectomy with total neck rev in Oct/2010. Now talk with a Tep and Barton mayo button. All scans have been negative since surgery and getting along well. Retired from army in 1979 and civil service at Ft JACKSON,SC in 2006. Now just lazy. Let me hear from you.
- Friday, June 01, 2012 at 13:56:57 (EDT)
Robert Springer <bkspringer@wildbllue.net>
Victoria, VA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 67 - July 68
Association: 1st Lt. Operating Room Nurse
I found this site while reflecting on Memorial Day.
- Monday, May 28, 2012 at 13:49:44 (EDT)
Richard B Small <cmdrnvmoph@aol.com>
Las Vegas, NV USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: August - November 68
Association: ER Doc -- General Medical Officer
I was there when Pat Nixon visited and all the severely injured were moved from Ward 6-7-8 for her tour. Got myself arrested protesting that. I also had the women's clinic and worked with Charlie Umbric over at the POW Hospital. Helped with numerous surgeries, did 12 appy's and 12 hernia repairs myself. Charlie let me do a femoral artery resection and end to end amastamosis that did not leak. Lots of trauma and disaster drills where I was the triage officer. Terrible memories but incredible experience for a young doc just out of internship. We also built the party area between our houch and the next. Good parties.
- Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 09:58:20 (EDT)
Paul Davis <paul.davis@areva.com>

Association: Son of Wilford Davis
My father Wilford Davis, went by the name of Dave, was there as the OR manager / tech. Helped with surgeries etc. I would like to know more of what he did there. He probably was SFC.
- Friday, April 20, 2012 at 14:53:41 (EDT)
Wayne Carlisle <wcarli652@aol.com>
Newnan, GA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: January 1971
Association: Patient
Was with A/227 1Cav, medivac. In after non-combat injury and spent 5 days with you folks. Great and caring staff made me feel "back at home". I remember a nurse nicknamed "Teddy" in my ward who was so professional. After all these years, it is a pleasure to say thank you for your dedication to the duties you performed for us.
- Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 08:27:17 (EDT)
Patrick McGinley <pfsmcg@hotmail.com>
Mission Viejo, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 1971 - September 1971
Association: Chaplain's Assistant
I started at the 93rd Evac Hospital and was transferred when the 93rd Evac closed. I have many more memories from the 24th Evac. If you had to go war, being with a unit that saved lives was the way to go. After 40 years of ignoring my past, it's nice to find some of my shared history; both here and on the 24th Evac Hosp Facebook page.
- Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 08:24:35 (EDT)
John P. Ostlund <jossostlund@q.com>
Olympia, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Dec 1963 to June 1965
Association: Clerk in Company Headquarters
Served with 24th Evac before the company shipped to Vietnam. Through the years have wondered about experiences of the 24th in Vietnam as I new it had gone to Vietnam shortly after I was discharged. I saw an article in Reader's Digest in 1967 about the 24th. Have memories of our CO Col James Parker, a very nice man to work for. Also, Cap/Maj Richard Lynch, SgtM King, 1Sgt Bobbitt, Co. Clerk Jim Carroll, and our softball teammates, Ft Sam Champions of 1964 followed by a memorable trip to Ft Bliss for the 4th Army championships. Glad I found this website.
- Friday, March 30, 2012 at 18:01:25 (EDT)
David Knotts <erk9316@yahoo.com>
Burlington, IA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 69 - May 70
Association: Corpsman
For the first 4 months I worked on wards 7 and 8 (medical) mostly malaria patients. I worked pre-op and recovery for the remainder of my tour. I'm proud to say I had the privilege of working with the finest people to have ever set foot in Vietnam. I also have a picture of Ellsworth Bunker, U.S Ambassador to Vietnam and Vice President Spiro T Agnew when they visited patients.
- Friday, March 30, 2012 at 17:58:08 (EDT)
Sgt Ed Neal <ecnealrph@cosolidated.net>
Mattoon, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Mar 1968 to Feb 1969
Association: Pharmacist
I think of my year there and feel blessed that I came home uninjured.
- Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 11:58:55 (EDT)
Dennis Schelinski <f60423@aol.com>
Frankfort, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 1967
Association: Patient
Had an operation for an injury. Met Robert Mitchum while I was there. Just wanted to say thanks to all the personnel that took care of me. I was 20 and of course I fell in love with my main nurse. Thanks again.
- Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 11:56:00 (EDT)
Cherie Boudwin <boudwin@sbcglobal.net>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Boudwin
Sturgeon Bay, WI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1967
Association: Nurse
I was part of the original group when we opened the 24th Evac and was head nurse on ICU 3. It was The Best!!! I couldn't get to the re-union in D.C. in 1992. I did go to the one in San Antonio in 2002 and it was so nice to see so many there. It's been 10 years already. Are there any plans for another re-union this year? Am still looking to find Laurie Fletcher in case anyone has kept in touch with her. Thanks!
- Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 11:51:12 (EDT)
Jose A Echevarria <gregorycordoves@yahoo.com>
Patton, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan 1970 to Oct 1972
Association: Logistics and supply, corpman
Have not been in touch with anyone from that time; but miss a lot of people.
- Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 09:26:07 (EDT)
Sp4 John Sullivan <J10596@aol.com>
Columbia, SC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov. 67 - Nov. 68
Association: Postal Clerk 6th Army Post Unit (APU)
I was not assigned to the 24th. I ran the little post office that was at the 24th. My little postal office faced the helipad. Anyone there 67 - 68 should remember that little postal window. I got lots of pictures.
- Friday, March 16, 2012 at 17:22:50 (EDT)
Daniel C Roberts <oparoberts@hotmail.com>
Sandhausen, Germany
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jun-Dec 1967
Association: Medical Supply Officer
I have some photos I will dig up. Alcide Lanoue was deputy cdr, later TSG. Cdr's name escapes me, later commanded WRAMC. Gerry Allgood, XO.
- Friday, March 16, 2012 at 17:19:50 (EDT)
John Lawrence <johnlaw@uoregon.edu>
Eugene, OR USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May, 1969 unto infinity
Association: Medic ER
I was able to find the official Meritorious Unit Commendation citation from the US Army Center of Military History. If anyone would like a copy contact me by email and I can send it to you as an attachment. Congratulations to all of us who served with the 24th Evac. We deserved the medal.
- Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 21:09:06 (EST)
Nancy ( Van Slooten) Bergman <bergie@macatawa.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Van Slooten
Hamilton, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 66-67
Association: Nurse pre-op and Recovery
I was in the first group of nurses attached to the 24th. I lived in hutch #3 with Joan Groce, Gail Croy, Lynn Blackwood, Lorrie Fletcher, Nancy Betz, Vickie Eckelkamp. Would love to hear from any of you guys. I worked preop & recovery with Maj. Inez as our head nurse.
- Monday, December 26, 2011 at 13:02:12 (EST)
Philip Gilligan <pegilligan@gmail.com>
Larose, LA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan 13 1968 to Feb 68
Association: Patient
Gut Shot, surgery by Capt Richard Weeder and W. Beazley Register # 8640 Ward PO 2 and 3 W Names on Doc's are also Rodney Thompson Dr Meiur ??? Wyatt Beazley Capt Henry Powers Jr Registrar George Loyong Capt ??? Lois Hermier ?? K.Shirley J. Adams LtC. Love LtCapt Lagorio was admitting officer.Still alive at 63, you folks did a pretty good Job !!!!
- Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 22:31:46 (EST)
David Michell <nungs72@gmail.com>
Anancock, VA USA
I was with E Co. 14th inf.. right down the road from you from June to Nov. 72. I was the one that sat in the ammo dump all day as a f/o all day on Aug. 13 while the bunkers were cooking off.. been trying to find photos or after action reports.
- Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 21:35:12 (EST)
Marshall Crawford <crawfor_m@bellsouth.net>
Charlotte, NC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 10/70 - 10/71
Association: Med Tech
Retired in October after 33 years in Telcom Business. I turned 21 in Vietnam. It was a privilege to serve at the 24th Evac. I came home a better person.
- Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 10:06:25 (EST)
Carl L. Bucklew <carlbucklew@atlanticbb.net>
Corriganville, MD USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 23 and 24 February 1968
Association: Relative visiting a patient
DUTY NURSE 23FEB68 - DO YOU REMEMBER ME? I WALKED INTO YOUR WARD AND I ASKED " DO YOU KNOW RICK BUCKLEW "? I'M HIS UNCLE. YOU TURNED TOWARDS ONE OF YOUR PATIENTS AND MY NEPHEW, RICK BUCKLEW NEARLY FLEW UP OUT OF HIS BED! I KNEW RIGHT THERE THAT RICK WAS GOING TO SURVIVE HIS WOUNDS! I GOT TO VISIT WITH RICK THAT EVENING AND THEN SOME 24TH MEDIC'S LET ME BUNK WITH THEM AND THE NEXT DAY 24FEB68, I WAS TOLD BY ONE OF THE MEDIC'S TO HURRY ALONG THAT RICK WAS BEING MEDEAVC'ED OVER TO THON SON NHUT AB FOR FURTHER MEDEVAC TO JAPAN. I GOT TO ACCOMPANY THE MEDIC'S CARRYING RICK ON A LITTER TO THE CHINOOK HELICOPTER AND AFTERWARDS, WATCH THE LIFT OFF FOR THON SON NHUT AB.WHAT I DIDN'T HAVE MUCH TIME FOR (OR AFTERTHOUGHT) WAS TO PERSONALLY THANK ALL OF YOU AT THE 24TH WHO SAVED MY NEPHEW'S LIFE AFTER INITIALLY RECEIVING HIM ON 15FEB68. WELL, BETTER LATE (43YRS), THAN NEVER. I WISH TO EXPRESS MY AND RICK'S FAMILY'S DEEPEST GRADITUDE FOR THE GIFT THAT EACH OF YOU PROVIDED RICK, THAT IS, YOUR GREATEST GIFT, THE BEST OF THE BEST MEDICAL CARE THAT ONE COULD EVER POSSIBLY RECEIVE UNDER THE CONDITIONS THAT EACH OF YOU WORKED EVERY DAY WHILE SERVING WITH THE 24TH. ALTHOUGH WORDS HAVE A WAY OF BEING LOST OVER THE YEARS, THE WRITTEN WORD DOES NOT! EVEN TODAY, OVER 43 YEARS LATER, I REMEMBER THAT SHORT VISIT TO THE 24TH FROM NAVSUPPACT DA NANG WHERE I WAS POSTED.RICK WAS MEDEVAC'ED TO CAMP DRAKE, JAPAN AND THEN ONCE AGAIN TO CAMP ZAMA, JAPAN AND FINALLY, FITZSIMMONS ARMY GENERAL HOSPITAL DENVER, COLORADO. HE HAD SIX SURGERIES ON HIS LARNYNX, FITTED FOR A EYE PIECE (RIGHT EYE), AND WORE A PERMAMENT TRACHEOTOMY AND WAS DISCHARGED (RETIRED) UNDER TITLE 10 USC 1201 SPN 271 RETIREMENT-PERMANENT DISABILITY ON 11 JUNE 1969 (RICK HAD ENLISTED RA ON 01 JANUARY 1968).RICK PASSED AWAY ON 18 APRIL 2003 AND I CANNOT EXPRESS TO THOSE OF YOU WHO CARED FOR RICK SO LONG AGO, HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE YOUR CARE AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE THAT GAVE RICK THOSE YEARS FROM 15FEB68 TO 18APR2003. I CAN TELL EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU THAT RICK WAS NEVER BITTER TO HIS CIRCUMSTANCE AND WAS PROUD OF HIS SERVICE TO COUNTRY, GOD, AND HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS. RICK'S FATHER, (MY OLDER BROTHER) WAS A WWII ARMY VETERAN WHO RECEIVED THE PURPLE HEART IN ST. LO, FRANCE (NORMANY) AND RICK'S UNCLE, PAUL (MY OLDEST BROTHER) ALSO A WWII ARMY VETERAN, WAS AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART AS WELL. I WISH TO EXPRESS AN OLD NAVY SAYING FROM AN OLD RETIRED NAVY CHIEF, GOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS: " MAY YOU ALWAYS HAVE FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS THE REMAINDER OF YOUR LIVES "MY DEEPEST APPRECIATION,RMC CARL L BUCKLEW USN RET email: carlbucklew@atlanticbb.net Ph: 301-777-2004
- Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 20:19:07 (EST)
Carl L. Bucklew <carlbucklew@atlanticbb.net>
Corriganville, MD USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 23 and 24 February 1968
Association: Relative visiting a patient
My nephew, Richard "Rick" Bucklew was wounded 15 FEB 68 and was medevac'ed to the 24th. Rick's wounds were grave and he was placed on the seriously ill list as the result of metal fragment wounds to the head, surgical enucleation of right eye and fractured right leg. He was on a reconnaissance mission when hit by fragments from a hostile boobytrap. In the judgment of the attending physician his condition is of such severity that there is cause for concern. I visited Rick from Navsuppact Danangand was able to visit with him and he knew me (Uncle) and at that moment, I knew he was going to pull through. I slept with some Medics from the 24th and the next day, I was able to accompany the Medics as they readied Rick for a Medevac to Japan. I then returned to Danang and sent several WU Telegrams home and let Rick's paternal grandmother know that Rick was medevac'ed to a hospital in Japan. I rotated out of RVN Mar 1968 and flew to Okinawa and on to Travis AFB in San Francisco, Ca and then on to Denver, Colorado where Rick ended up at Fitzsimmons Army General Hospital. I spent a week in Denver (Aurora) and then on to Dulles Intl Airport in Va. I then travled to my hometown of Cumberland, Maryland. I would appreciate anyone who knew Rick (Doctor, Nurse, Medic) to get in touch with me so that I may thank them personally for the life saving surgery and post op care Rick received while at the 24th Medevac Hospital. Kind Regards,RMC Carl L. Bucklew USN RET email: carlbucklew@atlanticbb.net Ph: 301-777-2004
- Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 20:14:50 (EST)
Carl Brown, Jr. <cjbrown@acsalaska.net>
Anchorage, AK USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov 71 - March 72
Association: Surgical Tech
Glad that someone took this project on! It was bad enough that we were foregotten, (for the most part), by society. It would be a greater tragedy if we were to forget each other.
- Sunday, December 04, 2011 at 14:45:03 (EST)
Mike Kesler <kesler@hughes.net>
Fredonia, KY USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept 1969 - Oct 1970
Association: CRNA - Nurse Anesthetist
As I get older, I think about those horror days at the 24TH, but how the people I knew made it bearable. Much love to you all... Mike
- Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 14:19:25 (EST)
Major John Baldwin MD <jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 68-69
Association: Surgeon
LTC Ken Butke MSC and I answer ALL sign-ins and help you find relatives, nurses, surgeons, fellow wounded and welcome you home. Thanks to Ed Fortmiller's widow, Joan, for keeping the site alive. We are one of the last hospital sites still active. Keep signing in kids. JOHN B
- Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 22:42:06 (EST)
Sarah <sarah@valleybookclub.com>

I just wanted to say that, as a library assistant, I've been using your page with information on the role of women in wars (http://24thevacuationhospital.org/Links/index.htm) for a history seminar I'm teaching. Thanks for making it; it's been helpful! One of our younger members found a good page that's not listed on your site: "Women Nurses Throughout War History" - http://www.onlinenursingdegrees.org/nursingfacts/nurses-in-war.htm Would you mind including it for me? I'd like to show her that her extra work is paying off. Let me know if you add it! Hope to hear from you soon! ~Sarah Sarah@valleybookclub.com
- Monday, November 21, 2011 at 20:14:58 (EST)
Suzanne Wilson <slabansky@roadrunner.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Labansky
Herman, ME USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 1969 - May 1970
Association: Nurse Wards 2-3
Thanks to those who have kept this site going for all these years......I attended the 1993 reunion in DC along with some others who were at the 24th when I was...had not found any further information until now...hope there will be another reunion in the near future...would love to hear from anyone, especially those there when I was....one of my neighbors was actually there as well, in the Chaplain's office I believe so I will see that he has the link to this site.....and the last I know of Charles Umstatt for the person looking for him: he had an active practice in Virginia around Newport News in the 70's, thoracic surgery as I recall.
- Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 19:41:10 (EST)
Donna Orozco <orozcodonna@yahoo.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 71-75
Association: Relative of Dr Douglas Foster
I am not sure of the years my brother was in Nam at the 24th Evacuation Hospital other than sometime between 71-75. Pretty sure he was there toward the end of the war. If anyone knows a surgeon/anesthesiologist by the name of Dr. Douglas Foster, I would love to hear from you. I would love to hear stories that involved him. Thank you. Donna
- Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 07:43:57 (EST)
Timothy Lee <tim.l.coulter@gmail.com>
Centennial, CO USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 12-14, 1969
Association: Grateful Patient
I was serving with 1st CAV on LZ Phyllis. I remember opening a door, naked except for my boots and a blanket slung over my left arm. A female voice yelled, "come on in, you're letting the cold air out!" I had no idea there was A/C, electricity flush toilets and women at an Army facility in country. You guys deserve so much thanks and praise for all you did. BTW - I woke up on May 13th in Ward 13. Must be my lucky number.
- Friday, November 11, 2011 at 15:09:30 (EST)
Diane Getz <DianeGetz@windstream.net>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Reynolds
Denton, NC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept 71-Sept 72
Association: Served with American Red Cross
Working at th 24th and the Drug Treatment Center at LBJ was the experience of a life time. I admired the hard work and dedication of the military staff. We all worked hard and played hard.
- Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 06:28:22 (EST)
Dan Ballard <Globenoggin@hotmail.com>
Saginaw, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1971-1972
Association: Medical records Long Binh, then we moved to Saigon
I have an album of photos of all personnel at the drug center. It would be great to find baby dozer, b j stienfield, finck, randal, sgt Cordova who's dog started a fight with a heroin recovered dog, Woodstock that I inherited, and did not come out too good.
- Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 06:25:14 (EST)
Nancy Norman Ferree <nancynf@att.net>

I was at the 24th Evac from: 1966 - 1967
Looking to locate friends & colleagues from 24th evac hospital -- was there 1966-67 Looking for Marti Courson Maron --Was in touch, but lost address etc My address: Ronald E Ferree 11000 N W 18 Place Pembroke Pines FL 33026 954-435-3173 cell 954-804-4230 Visited with and knew Carl Dennis prior to his passing. I don't use the computer, so I am asking my wife to send this message... Please write or call if you can Ronald E Ferree
- Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 06:20:45 (EST)
Ray Campbell <grumps333@yahoo.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: August 1968 - March 1970
Association: Assistant Mess Sergeant
I was surprised to find your website. Even more surprised to find my name on the list of people you were looking for. This is Ray Campbell.I was asst mess sergeant at the 24th from august 1968 thru march 1970. Tried,but was unable to contact Cindy Mason, who was the only person I thought might remember me. You can contact me at Grumps333@yahoo.com.
- Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 06:18:03 (EST)
Ronald E Ferree Sr <nancynf@att.net>
Pembroke Pines, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1966-1967
Association: Built the hospital
Ronald doesn't have an email address so I am writing for him as he would like to locate his friends/colleagues from his time there. His Phone 954-435-3173 or cell 954-804-4230. You may use my email address to reach him. He wants to stay in touch. home address is 11000 N W 18 Place, Pembroke Pines FL 33026. You may write or call anytime. You may also email me and I will make sure he gets the message. Thank you. Nancy Ferree
- Wednesday, November 09, 2011 at 21:06:09 (EST)
Paul Conlon <paulcon42@hotmail.com>
Norwood, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept 1969
Association: Patient
Was in army avionics shop at TSN from 11/64 to 6/67. Came back in 8/68 with LSI. Had bad skin rash & spent 10 days at the hospital.
- Monday, November 07, 2011 at 19:42:26 (EST)
Peter Hilgeford <peter.hilgeford@gmail.com>
Silver City, NM USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March '69-Oct '70
Association: 91C20
new email address. New snail mail address: Box 2307, Silver City, NM 88062
- Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 03:12:30 (EDT)
Tom Holland <trh319@verizon.net>
Philadelphia, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 11/15/70 - 11/15/71
Association: 91D20 OR Tech
The 24th Evac Hospital has a page on Facebook! It seems the word has been slow to get out. I'm getting ready to post some old pictures there and I hope you'll do the same! Dig them out and get them scanned. If you're not that computer savvy you can 'enlist' the help of a child or grandchild. Cindy Mason Young is the Webmistress.
- Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 19:20:47 (EDT)
Mel Libby <namvet676848@yahoo.com>
Durand, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept '67 to Nov '68
Association: Corpsman -Neurosurgical wards 5&6
Hello to all ~~ just thought I would comment on the fact that there is a FaceBook page for the 24th if anyone is interested. I came across it about a month ago. 24th Evacuation Hospital RVN. Along with this Web page maybe some connections from the past will be made. Many years and fading memories -- Mel Libby
- Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 06:10:38 (EDT)
Donald Litzenberg <slldel@cox.net>
San Diego, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Feb 65 - May 67
Association: X-ray tech
Just recently found the web site. I wish I had known about the reunion. I saw names I recognized and some that I don't anymore.
- Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 19:59:56 (EDT)
Paul Wear <paul@wearwear.com>
Norwalk, CT USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1971-1972
Association: ER Clerk
I was a clerk in the emergency room.
- Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 21:23:55 (EDT)
John Lawrence <johnlaw@uoregon.edu>
Eugene, OR USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: April 1969 - January 1970
Association: ER Medic 1969
The Department of the Army informed me by letter a few days ago that they had overlooked the Meritorious Unit Commendation medal for the 24th Evac on my discharge papers. As a consequence my local Congressman wants to present this medal to me in a public ceremony. If there is anyone out there who was with me in the ER 1969 and would like to stand with me when this award is presented would make me very happy indeed. We deserved that medal. It's color is blood red which to me is a very appropriate color. If you are interested please contact me through my email address. I consider this my welcome home after more than 40 years.
- Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 06:13:40 (EDT)
Eileen Farrell/ Dailey <mrsddjr@optonline.net>
coram/fmgvl, NY USA
Association: friend of Patty LaRocca/Spraggins
Dear Peggy, Trying to find Patty. Lost touch when she moved to Rvrhd. I hope you remember me from St. Savior. I lived across the street from Pat on Roberta Ave. I am also an RN. Please give her my e-mail address. She can find me on FB. Thanks. Eileen Farrell Dailey cell 631 935 4569
- Monday, August 29, 2011 at 19:52:24 (EDT)
Arthur LaPierre <alap5243@gmail.com>
Garner, NC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan to Jun 1971
Association: RN with the drug treatment program, attached to the 24th Evac
Six months with the drug treatment program then transferred to the 3rd Field in Saigon.
- Monday, August 22, 2011 at 19:41:59 (EDT)
Kenneth Kunda <kundakenneth@yahoo.com>
San Juan Capistrano, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 3, 1967
Association: Patient
I was wounded and sent to the 24th Evac Hospital for approx. 3 weeks. Then I was sent to a medical unit in Korea. Then I was sent to Darnell Army Hospital at Ft. Hood Texas. From there I was discharged. Re-upping was not an option for me. From the effects of Agent Orange I now am a Diabetic. You may write me at 32742 Alipaz St. # 131. San Juan Capistrano Ca. 92675
- Monday, August 15, 2011 at 06:17:29 (EDT)
Donald M Tronson <dltronson@juno.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969-1970
Association: Patient
My memory is just not what it used to be. I was in the 24th evac as a patient in 1969 or 1970, just can't recall dates.I was a burn patient. You guys really took good care of me and I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. Is there any way of looking up info when I was there? My name is Donald M Tronson. I was a sp/4. I was assigned to C Company 169th Engineer Battalion, Headquartered in Long Binh. My Company was at an outpost about 60 miles from Long Binh. When I was burned they could not get a chopper up to us as we were in a fire fight with sir charles. They threw me in a 2 1/2 ton and brought me to Long Binh. Lots of pain riding in the back of that truck, but you folks at the 24th took real good care of me. Again thank you.
- Tuesday, August 09, 2011 at 21:13:39 (EDT)
John Nwandu <john_nwandu@yahoo.com>
Houston, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1968
I was there.
- Thursday, August 04, 2011 at 07:07:01 (EDT)
Paul Walker <pwalker6o@verizon.net>
Somerville, MA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: june,jul,aug one of those months. 1970
Association: Patient
acute depression. How could I get info. Was I mixed in with other injured soldiers or in pcqse ward? How long would I have stayed for acute depression? Any info would help.
- Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 21:54:05 (EDT)
Mel Libby <namvet676848@yahoo.com>
Durand, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept '67 to Nov '68
Association: Corpsman -Neurosurgical wards 5&6
To Lelon Cross--Thanks for serving--I too was on the Neurosurgical wards-believe from Oct 67-Nov 68. I am racking the brain trying to place you. Can you mention any of the nurses that were there during your time?? To Ivellen (Annie) Prager-- Your father's name is very familiar to me--sometimes names are known but in the course of being there we didn't always "know" one another. It would be great if you did post some pictures of him. Know that your dad is one Great Nam Vet. He'd be honored to know you are doing this for him. Mel Libby namvet676848@yahoo.com
- Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 06:07:14 (EDT)
Lelon Cross <lelon@crosstire.com>
Little Rock, AR USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 1967 - January 1968
Association: Medic - Neurosurgery ICU
I have many memories of the 24th, some not so good, but many good ones that I will never forget.
- Monday, July 18, 2011 at 07:21:42 (EDT)
Ivellin Prager <ivellinprager52@yahoo.com>
Melbourne, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1967
Association: Medical Nurse
Hi, my name is Ivellin Prager. My father's name was JESUS MANUEL RIVERA. He was born December 25,1923 and passed away June 13, 1977. My father was a medical nurse in Long Binh Vietnam in 1967. He served 30 yrs. in the Army ..has been in Frankfort Germany & Korea also. My niece April R. Rivera told me about this website and mentioned that a couple of my Dad's friends responded to her about my Dad and what a nice person he was. I want to thank you all for the information. I also have a few pictures of him in Vietnam that I would like to post soon and share it with all who knew him. This is a great site for me because I am doing my Ancestry.com about my Dad and need more information about him and his friends. I would like to know if anyone has pictures of him when he was there or anything about my father...Thank-you so much. My nickname is Annie and I am now a caregiver for my Mother that my Father was married to. She is now 84 yrs old and she never did remarry since my Dad passed away. Hopefuly someone out there will read this and respond back to me. I want to thank you so much for the info.
- Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 21:08:59 (EDT)
Phill Nowakowski <phill_nowakowski@yahoo.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: 69-70
Association: Medic Ward 5
To all my friends from Ward 5 - you are always in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sorry if I don't reply to you as often as I should, but we all deal with our pains and memories in our own special way. Ours was a difficult task, but we carried on with each others strength and the courage of those we cared for. Take care and know that we touched many lives and for a brief moment, we brought them comfort and peace. Ski
- Tuesday, July 05, 2011 at 06:05:17 (EDT)
Donald Tronson <dltronson@juno.com>
Shelby, MT USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969 - don't remember the dates
Association: Patient - Burns on Stomach, Legs, Groin, etc.
Was evac'd to Long Binh with burns all over my body. The nurses would come in twice a day to scrub my burns and apply meds to burns. Was very!! painful. Thank You.
- Sunday, July 03, 2011 at 14:16:39 (EDT)
Thomas Dick <rmbrnam@q.com>
Vallejo, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: shotdown on 20 August 1970. Don't know when I left for Camp Zama.
Association: I was a patient
I don't remember much other than I survived due to the people in the 24th Evac. Thanks!
- Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 06:17:05 (EDT)
Joan Groce Jones <skipjoan@mac.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Joan Groce
The Villages, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1966 - 1967
Association: Nurse, Neurosurgery
I would like to reconnect with Nurses from the initial group starting the 24th: Lynn Blackwood, Vicki Eckelkamp, Gail Croy, Posie, Nancy and Beaver, etc. I would be interested in a reunion too.
- Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 16:37:33 (EDT)
Tom Walker <tcw01@hotmail.com>
Lampasas, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 25 - June 10, 1968
Association: Patient
I was brought to the 24th Evac after my APC was struck by a RPG. Both myself and another soldier from my APC were treated side by side. This soldier died and to this day I am still haunted by his death. I remember the treatment I received while at this hospital, even the nurse, CPT LOVE, who loved to stick me with a needle. She followed me to Fitzsimmons Hospital. Thanks again for saving my life.
- Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 21:29:56 (EDT)
Ed Kayler <ed72454@sbcglobal.net>
Springboro, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: November 1970 for a week or so
Association: Patient
I came down with of all things shingles around my nose and eye. Thanks to the expert and kind Doctor and Nursing staff stationed there I recovered from that situation that could have caused blindness in my eye. I am forever grateful and only wish I could remember some of the nursing staff that took care of some 20 year old kid.
- Monday, June 20, 2011 at 21:08:09 (EDT)
Freddie Darrough <fjdarro@gmail.com>
Flint, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1966-1967
Association: Worked in Laundry
I would like to share e-mails with other vets who were stationed at the 24th Evac Hospital from 1966-1967.
- Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 22:32:49 (EDT)
Mike Holderman <sanddugies@comcast.net>
Chehalis, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: I'm a Vietnam Vet, but not at the 24th.
Association: Please see comments below.
I knew Carol Rogers (one of your nurses) when I was a kid. Her brother Bobby was my best friend. When I saw that she'd been a nurse in Nam, tears came to my eyes. I was in country 11-1968 through 10-1969.
- Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 06:43:49 (EDT)
Larry Willett <landd15@hickorytech.net>
Mankato, MN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: '69-'70
Association: Physical Therapist NCOIC
Treated patients with severe burns & wrapped stumps. Have a ton of respect for those who served...none for those who did not.
- Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 22:30:35 (EDT)
Edwin Dunkinson <dunkinson@live.com>
Ewa Beacg, HI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1971-1972
Association: Combat Field Medic (Doc DunK) helicopter crew.
Thanks to all that helped me make it past that part of my life. I think of you all who served with me. God bless you. Doc Dunk...
- Monday, June 13, 2011 at 21:24:14 (EDT)
Donald Young <young4630@att.net>
Fair Oaks, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan 1967 - Sept 1968
Association: Medic
I am looking for any vets who were at the 24th Medevac Hospital in Bien Hoa or Long Binh. I have photos that my children can scan and put online. Please ontact me. Thank you. Don
- Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 06:08:01 (EDT)
Phillip Gray <phwgray@phwgray.fatcow.com>
Westfield, IN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Dec 1971 to May 1972
Association: Emergency Room Medic
I began my tour as a combat medic with the 7th BN 15th FA around Pleiku. I was transferred to the 101st ABN near the DMZ. After the 101st stood down, I was assigned to the 24th Evac in December 1971, where, in January, I celebrated my 19th birthday. Since I already had combat experience, I was also assigned as backup medivac medic. To all those I served with, Welcome Home and Thanks for helping a young man grow into manhood. http://www.phwgray.fatcow.com/poems.html
- Monday, May 23, 2011 at 19:44:02 (EDT)
Paul D Schulte <pdennisschulte@gmail.com>
Keokuk, IA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 1969
Association: Patient
Great doctors there. They saved my leg, such as it is.
- Friday, May 13, 2011 at 12:30:04 (EDT)
Donald Boat <gp2451@msn.com>
Grants Pass, OR USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 23 MAR to 1 Apr 1968
Association: Patient
I want to thank the whole staff that was there when I came to the 24th Evac. I was hit by an air burst from a 122 mm rocket at Lai Khe. The care you gave me was the finest in the world. I have worked in the medical field from 1966 to 1990 and you by far were the best. Thank You Donald Boat
- Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 21:01:35 (EDT)
Richard W. Magner <rwmagner@gmail.com>
Glastonbury, CT USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 03/08/69 to 03/22/69
Association: Patient - WO1 Cobra Pilot
I was a patient in Ward 4 (maxi-facial). Col. Jost was my surgen; Kathy(?) Brown my nurse. Rich Magner Pilot - Air Methods Corp.
- Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 20:53:27 (EDT)
Crystal Swygert <Swag1432@gmail.com>
Griffin, GA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 68-69
Association: Relative
To all of you who have sent me emails with stories of my father, please know you have touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. We've never met but I feel we are now forever connected. You knew my father in a way I never did. I was a little girl sleeping safely in my princess bed while you and my father faced death and brought life back to the seriously wounded. Why did it take his death for me to know who he really was and who you all are. It breaks my heart that I cannot call him and say "Dad I get you now. I understand." Yes my father's death is still fresh and painful to my heart. Thank you for reaching out. You are helping me heal. I will be forever grateful. God Bless. Crystal Lusk Swygert, Daughter of Miller Doyle Lusk, Wardmaster, 24th Evac May 68-69.
- Monday, April 18, 2011 at 20:18:09 (EDT)
Crystal Swygert <swag1432@gmail.com>
Griffin, GA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 68-69
Association: My father was Miller Doyle Lusk, Wardmaster 24th Evac
It is with a sad and heavy heart that I inform those of you who knew my father, Master Sarg. Retired Miller Doyle Lusk of Mineral Wells, Texas, (Wardmaster 24th Evac. May 68-69) and served with him at the 24th Evac Hospital in Vietnam, of his death on April 10, 2011. He was laid to rest at the Fairview Cemetery in Milsap, Texas. His life was happy and full of adventure. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Lusk, three sons, one daughter, one step son, and ten grandchildren. He was a good father and will be missed dearly. If anyone has any pictures or stories you would like to share of my father, it would mean the world to me. You can contact me at 678-409-8859 or email swag1432@gmail.com. Take care and GOD BLESS YOU ALL! Crystal "Lusk" Swygert
- Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 20:08:00 (EDT)
John A. Adams <johnboy39@suddenlink.net>
Plainview, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Apr 16 1968 was the date of my crash, and I was brought to your good hands / 24th EVAC
Association: Badly injured helicopter pilot
I wish that I could find a nurse that helped me so much in Vietnam at the 24th EVAC. The date of my crash was 16/APR/68 and I was brought in that late afternoon. I had facile and abdominal surgery quickly. The meaningful nurse in my dreams was set to get me out of bed and recovery...she or no one else knew that my lower spine and chord were damaged. Early rounds the Doctor came to my bedside chewing butt for not co-operating with his nursing staff. My mouth was wired shut, and I had holes in my head wrapping for eyes and nostril. The Doctor bent his ear low to my mouth, and I told him that I could not move my legs. I was drug up and down the hallways and sat hours on end in a large green chair beside my bed. God bless them they were doing their job as told. The Doctor walked around my bed and lifted up the sheet and my gown on my backside...I heard him say "my God" to the swelling. I was quickly prepped for more surgery at S2&S3;. Shortly after, when I had my senses back and awake...maybe a day or so later, a darling young nurse with tears in her eyes came to my left side. Barely a whisper, she said "I sorry" - and quickly departed. Young lady, I am fine and have had a wonderful life. I have a cute little wiggle to my walk. I am married with a grandchild, and I am a born again Christian living in Grace... I walk upright in the Light of our Lord. Thank you everyone that patched me up and sent me home again. CWO John A. Adams 173rd AHC / Lai Khe '67&'68. The Robin Hoods of Sherwood Forest 3rd platoon guns/ Crossbow three-niner I have love in my heart for all of you.
- Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 19:44:37 (EDT)
Maurine Daw <chartres1@netzero.net>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Daw
Providence, RI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1967
Association: Staff Nurse
Served at 8th Field in Nha Trang 3 months until 24th opened in Jan 1967. Worked in ER when opened, then sent to wards as population increased. Worked on all the med wards including VC. I got a blender from Sears to provide food for patients with facial injuries. Remember Long Binh jail nearby and how the men yelled at women when we had to pass by. There were rats jumping out of the nurses clothing dressers and we threatened a strike if they didn't do something about the rats. Someone left a Claymore mine in Nurses quarters too..so it was put off limits to visitors. I remember hearing the B52's flying north to Hanoi almost daily. I wonder what has happened to all those beautiful men with head injuries that came through 24th. I was Head Nurse for one year at the 95th Evac from 1970-71..ward 7.Spent the rest of my career in Germany as School Nurse in military schools..loved it. Retired with 27 years federal service. If anyone remembers me, thanks for all your sacrifice to our country...God Bless..Maurine Daw
- Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 19:38:42 (EDT)
Gerald Springer <Jsflyrv@frontier.com>
Hillsboro, USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Oct, Nov 1967
Association: Medical research photographer TDY from Walter Reed (WRAIR)
I saw the many dedicated young Doctors and Nurses and also the Medical corpmen working day and night to save the injured that came through the ER. I am grateful to this day for their dedication to saving lives.
- Wednesday, April 06, 2011 at 21:35:43 (EDT)
Melanie Waugh <melanie.s.waugh@gmail.com>
Madison, WI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1971-1972
Association: Nurse
A "year book" for the 24th Evac was created the year I was there as a very young nurse. Now, seeing those pictures, I can smell the burning diesel fuel, hear the mortal fire at night that sounded like distant thunder, and feel the exhaustion of working long shifts while dreaming of doing the same exhaustive work all night long. I remember so many faces that are the ages of my own sons. 2 other nurses and I got together a couple of years ago to compare notes, to validate those times. It's good to have others who understand. We need each other, we need our friends to help us survive. My heart goes out to our service personnel. The typical American does not understand the sacrifices that are made for them by these strong, wonderful people.
- Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 21:10:26 (EDT)
David E Walmer, Jr <walmerd@yahoo.com>
Pueblo, CO USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: April or May 1966
Association: Patient
I am trying to find out any info that I can to submit to the v.a. for a severe head injury. I do remember a LTC Mitchell, surgeon who put me back together. I have letters from former unit members who stated they came to see me in the hospital. For some reason the v.a. cannot or will not try to locate any files or morning reports for that time period. All that I remember of the incident was that we were replacing the track on an M-88 and I tried to eat a tanker bar. Still can see the nurse standing at the foot of my bed when I came to. Also remember that Ann Margaret visited the ward - still have pic of it. I served w/ sve btry 2/32 fld arty 65 to 66. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for a job well done. I am still an ugly ole cuss. Welcome home. David E. Walmer, Jr.
- Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 21:06:54 (EDT)
SFC Calvin L. Plumley <mcplumley@verizon.net>
Silver Spring, MD USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 6/1966-7/1967
Association: Orthopedic Cast Tech
Left Fort Sam Houston in June 1966 with the 24th Evac. and was in the group that built the 24th. From pouring cement pads to building the hospital, helped with building the beer tent before the chapel. Was there when the first casualties came in. Worked with all Orthopedic doctors especially Dr. Rafferty. Set up the cast room in one of the quonset huts. The first night we arrived they were firing artillery and we didn't know if it was incoming or outgoing. Remember the ammo dump being blown up, got so bad had to wear gas masks because of all the smoke and powder. A lot of good times and very sad times. Would like to hear from anyone that was familiar with Orthopedics and the Cast Room during 66-67.
- Sunday, April 03, 2011 at 20:32:07 (EDT)
Jack Evans (Captain) <jevans@cwhs.com>
Wenatchee, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: August 1970 to August 1971
Association: Detachment Commander
I have enjoyed reading through this site! It has brought back many good memories and thoughts of good friends. I am currently working in a hospital where Dr. Carl Mead worked when I got here. He was a Neurosurgeon (since retired), and I believe the only person I knew at the 24th that I have met in the States. It is sad to have such good friends for a short amount of time and then never see them again!
- Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 20:52:35 (EDT)
Bill Webb <us66bill@comcast.net>
Sacramento, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969
Association: Patient
I was in USAF communications, assigned to US Army IIFFV Plantation up the road from Long Binh. I had to come to the 24th to have a painful boil lanced and was ashamed to have such a trivial ailment in a place where people with such horrible wounds were being treated. Thanks to you dedicated professionals.
- Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 09:51:26 (EDT)
Kenneth Holcombe <holcombek@mac.com>
Boerne, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: early 66 to August, 67
Association: Sp.4 medic in emergency room
I remember David MacMillan, Bob Young, William Boyd, William Spain, Charlie Brown, and many others. I get strange looks when I say I enjoyed Vietnam even though it was terrifying at times. I hope someone still has the recording of the night they blew up the ammo dump. That big artillery round made a weird noise as it tumbled end over end for 3/4 of a mile. Splat; you could hear it land. I helped out in X-Ray and Lab when things were slow in ER. I still have pictures of me unloading helicopters. I almost ran around the back of a helicopter once to get to the other side. I stopped myself before I got too far, having seen someone else brought in previously with a sliced skull. I thought about staying in the medical field, but went into education instead.
- Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 21:08:49 (EST)
Tom Holland <trh319@verizon.net>
Philadelphia, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 11/15/70 - 11/15/71
Association: OR Tech 91D20
Names from out of the past - whatever became of Al Blatter, Inhalation Therapist in 70-71 as I recall? Also Keith Soulberg (not sure what he did). I also recall a Dr. Alton Grady Brown towards the end of my tour. I'd have bet money he was related to Alton Brown the chef on the Food Network as it's sort of an unusual name, but sadly no.
- Friday, March 04, 2011 at 17:10:13 (EST)
Ken Bowen <kmmpbow@aol.com>
Lakewood, CO USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Feb. '67 - Jan. '68
Association: PFC to SP5 X-Ray tech
I remember CPT. David Dixon and CPT Arnold Goldman very well. Rick Rounds and I arrived at the same time in Feb.'68. We were the "2nd wave" of personnel after the original cast from Ft. Sam built the hospital and brought it on-line, our group brought it into full operation. For the first 4 months or so we hand processed all films and a "wet reading" was exactly that. With a trail of water to the light boxes creating a swamp of mud with dripping water mixing the laterite dirt on the cement floor. Altogether we did a great job considering the primitive conditions. I remember sitting in the so-called "reading room" and hearing the exchange between our radiologists and the surgeons trying to identify all the shrapnel, bullets and bone fragments that needed to be removed. To name a few: Surgeons Cooper and Cohen were really great. So was Dr. Patrick. One night Dr. James Cooper challenged me: "Hey Bowen why don't you scrub in and hold retractors for a laparotomy?" I took him up on it and the surgical team got me scubbed, gowned and gave some quick instructions. Mainly I watched and then with the abdomen open Dr. Cooper carefully examined all of the bowel looking for holes from shrapnel. I did OK until he pushed it all over to my side and then the room started to spin. First and last time I scrubbed into an operating field. None the less, it was really heady stuff for a 19 year old kid. I learned a lot and matured a great deal during my 12 months with the 24th Evac. An experience I always treasure. The only original x-ray tech I remember is Butch Favaro from Chicago. Tried to find him for 2002 reunion but was unsuccessful. I believe Curt Warrick was in the early group too. Curt is in Temecula California. Rick Rounds from Dayton OH, Ted Uzelac from Gary IN and Danny Cunningham from PA all made it to the reunion in San Antonio. A fond memory I have from Dr. Dixon was that his wife organized a "care package" campaign (I think it was from a school or maybe church) and we got a ton of boxes with cookies and also cakes baked in coffee cans. A real treat from home!. Another odd memory is that in Feb. 1968 I stopped at Ft. Belvoir VA before reporting to duty at Walter Reed. I knew the NCOIC SFC Balzewitz and found that CPT Dixon was a radiologist there too. We had a brief reunion and that was the last time I saw him.
- Friday, March 04, 2011 at 06:24:21 (EST)
Dave Dixon, MD <cvdgnomes@aol.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: 1966 - 1967
Association: Radiologist
Thanks to you guys for keeping this going. I read every message in hopes of finding someone from the X-Ray section in '66-'67. But so far no one... Dave Dixon, Radiologist '66-'67
- Monday, February 28, 2011 at 22:40:12 (EST)
John Baldwin, MD <jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 68-69
Association: Surgeon
A new book "Trust Not" came out in late 2010 by Capt. William Haneke, who was severely wounded in November 68 and brought to the 24th for multi-specialty surgery:urology, neuro, ortho, general, brain-vascular, amputation, loss of eye, and whereas the 400 page beautifully written story describes combat action with great reality, the 40-some pages on his stay at the 24th starting on page 249, would fascinate all of you who worked there. Bill mentions dozens of people BY NAME from commander Hammond right through the techs, Or nurses and chaplains. Having written three biographies of three US presidents, he writes like a pro. I recommend it -- on Amazon. "Trust Not" by William G. Haneke
- Monday, February 28, 2011 at 22:37:16 (EST)
Chester Krawczyk Jr <krawczykc@ymail.com>
Chicago, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Oct 71 to May 72
Association: or/er tech
Looking for old friends.
- Monday, February 28, 2011 at 22:34:03 (EST)
Dr. John Baldwin <jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: may 68-69
Association: surgeon..vascular, general and thoracic
Every year that I remain vertical and strong, I add to our great unique website run by lovely Joan Fortmiller, widow of my fabulous wardmaster, Ed Fortmiller #4 and #5...if I recall correctly. A bunch of us contribute and all is well with finance. The purpose of this site is REUNION and FINDING PALS and asking questions. LTC Ken Butke of 68-69 era and I, same era, answer every single new sign-in...whether it be a "welcome home" or a "gee, I knew and loved you and thanks" or "wow, you closed it down." This site has united Jeannie Mitchell 1st Lt ANC, Or Nurse and now in deep water as my wife of 40 years...with over 20 former staff and mainly PATIENTS...some of whom have become our best friends ever...with visits, vacations, reunions, etc. The 24th in its life was THE BEST hospital for trauma in the WORLD. Trust me...as a surgeon, I have seen hospitals all over the world, from San Francisco and Cleveland to Moscow. WE WERE THE BEST...and funny thing...still would be, even in this era of MRI, CAT and "Watchful waiting". Welcome home...love you guys. Dr. John Baldwin, former Major Surgery, and lst Lt Jeannie Baldwin, OR Nurse...the best. JB
- Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 06:19:46 (EST)
Deena G Pinto <deenapintolv@hotmail.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Gambal
Las Vegas, NV USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 1969 - 1970
Association: nurse on wards 7/8 & 9/10
I just recently found this site and love all the info about the 24th Evac...I had completely forgotten about moving out of our hotches for renovations, but I do remember Mrs. Nixon's visit as I got to have my picture taken with her on ward 10... I also accompanied patients to the Bob Hope Show... Personally I had a wonderful time at the 24th and in Viet Nam despite the war... (Marti do you remember when I had my friend at AFVN radio play "I'm a coming home soldier" dedicting it to you and me when we were pcs'ing home?)
- Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 20:54:28 (EST)
Mel Libby <namvet676848@yahoo.com>
Durand, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept '67 to Nov '68
Association: Corpsman -Neurosurgical wards 5&6
Hello All. Just sitting here and thinking about the 24th. Checked out some YouTube Videos and came across an interesting one posted. ARMY MEDICINE IN VIETNAM parts 1-2-3 by explotationNation. Quite interesting but disappointed that it didn't show or mention the 24th. Had scenes from the 93rd,36th and 45th. Gonna keep looking for one with the 24th Evac. It was a long time ago but yet only yesterday.
- Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 18:21:57 (EST)
Raymond Matson <ginnyray@comcast.net>
Panama City, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 68 to June 69
Association: maxillofacial team otolaryngology
Desire contact with physicians, oral surgeons, nurses
- Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 20:52:42 (EST)
Reuben B. Bowie <breubab@aol.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Blye
Orlando, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1966-67
Association: Nurse on wards 5-6, 13-14, and VC
I was among the first group of female nurses at the 24th in Viet Nam. We were diverted to other stations the first 4 months because the area was "not secure". My group went to Vung Tau. In the 8 or so months we were in Long Bihn we saw over 5,000 patients. It was an experience.
- Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 06:12:24 (EST)
Dick Bolen <bolen1@chartermi.net>
Wakefield, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Aug 1971-Dec 1971
Association: Corpman
Left in Dec. because of a family emergency and was too short to come back. Would like to hear from anyone that served with me. This is a great site. I worked on Wards 5 and 6.
- Sunday, February 06, 2011 at 07:54:34 (EST)
Bob Sivret <bsivret@innevi.com>
Randolph Center, VT USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov 1969 through Nov 1970
Association: Medic SP5 (91C) , Ortho and Emergency Room
I recognized a number of names and events mentioned in the Guest Book.
- Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 20:24:07 (EST)
Jim Young <jyoung@sc.rr.com>
Blythewood, SC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 70 - June 71
Association: Registrar
I am glad to see this web site still up and running. I was the Registrar during my 70-71 tour at the 24th. This morning I was getting a couple of teeth pulled (now 73 years old) and was thinking about Gene Hunsuck the oral surgeon at the hospital then. Wondered where he is now. Of my 30 years of service to our country, I always reflect back to my time at the 24th as my best service to our Nation and our soldiers that keep us free. What a great group of people I served with and I am soo proud to be able to say "I was at the 24th Evac doing my part." Thanks to all that served and made our unit special. Jim Young
- Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 20:55:50 (EST)
Phil Ferrazano <Philzano@aol.com>
Clearwater, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Dec,1970-Jan. 1971
Association: Patient
I was in my last couple of months, of my one year tour. I had already been wounded to the head, back and shoulders in Cambodia. Served my last duty as a guard in Long Bihn..but suffered severely from migraines from the head wound blast. Puzzles me today why I was left there to suffer. What also happened is my face, hands, and feet would swell. Lips, eyes swollen shut. Nothing was done. I was sent to Japan. Told I had an unexplained condition from something being sprayed there--they wrote in my notes it was DDT and my job was spraying DDT-- It wasn't..I was a grunt. Then they said I had it as a kid because I said I remembered a bee sting but no face swelling. I still get the swelling--recently blood labs showed a Low C4 reading--unexplained. I today think it's agent orange. I've had health issues forever since Nam..Barretts Esophagus since in my 30's and never smoked a thing. Ulcers, migraines, stomach disorders, cervical operation..spinal stenois, feet numb, early in life. Any one remember others with face swelling? I had terrible doctors that didn't worry. One even said I'd be getting a Medical discharge--didn't happen. Spent the last three months in Ft Hood Tx swelled up. Any help here would be appreciated to connect to agent Orange claim. Phil Ferrazano..Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor didn't matter in my case. See FacingTheWall.com
- Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 20:52:32 (EST)
Jim Hill <jameshill2010@comcast.net>
Carmel, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 1968 - October 1969
Association: US Army Duty Assignment
Worked as NCOIC of Central Sterile (1st tour) then OR Tech (2nd tour.)
- Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 14:22:06 (EST)
Jim Kraamer <remark@bis.midco.net>
Bismarck, ND USA
Association: i did not serve with the 24th but was at the 93rd evac
I served as the oral surgeon's assistant at the 93rd Evac Hospital from Feb 1969 to Feb 1970. Several years ago I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma which is a blood cancer of the bone marrow. It is also a service connected disease recognized by the VA for all of us that served in Nam. I hope none of you folks have symptoms, but if you do, get help right away. Often times it is diagnosed in the later stages. Here is a website that will give you all sorts of info. about multiple myeloma. http://myeloma.org/Main.action Currently the disease is in remission as I had a stem cell transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN about 2 years ago. God bless you all, thanks for a job well done and WELCOME HOME!!!!!! jim kramer
- Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 06:55:00 (EST)
Carleton Thomas <cjthomas1228@sbcglobal.net>
Eureka, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: pre Viet Nam 1962-1965
Association: Surgical Tech at Ft. Sam Houston
In 62-65 Lt. Col. Parker was the 24th Evac. CO. There were several WWII and Korean War veterans in the 24th. We thought they were really old men, probably in their 40s. Besides OJT at Brooks and field exercises at Camp Bullis we tested new inflatable wards that looked like a rubber quanset huts that had air lock connections held together by the new velcro straps. A large box that opened into a fully equipped surgery room was delivered by helicoptor. It is nice to see the comments of other pre-VietNam soldiers that I remember from the 24th. I have some of the same photos that Antonio Zamora sent to the 24th Guest Book.
- Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 07:05:33 (EST)
Norman A. Sinowitz <nsinowitz@gmail.com>
Cooper City, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 1963-October 1965
Association: Clerk-Typist & Litter Bearer
When is the next re-union of the 24th Evac Hosp?? Please keep me informed. Respectfully, Norman A. Sinowitz 9450 SW 49 Place Cooper City, FL 33328-3407
- Thursday, January 06, 2011 at 21:31:20 (EST)
Victor (Vic) Dominguez <vicdoming@yahoo.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: January 1970 - Feb 1971
Association: Medic 133rd Medical Detachment
I served as a medic with the 133rd Medical Detachment in support of units at Camp Bearcat (Long Than). The 133rd was previously the 50th Med (a Clearing Co.) before I arrived in country and some of their former members were at Bearcat when I arrived. Made many trips to the 24th to deliver patients. Names of other medics and support personnel in our unit: Capt Harold Sexton, MD, Commanding Officer, Dr. Hollingsworth, Dr. Cantu-Lara, Lt. Roberson (XO)promoted to Capt., Sgt. Smith (OK)Sgt. Ruiz (AZ), Lyndall Baker, Doyle (Ambulance Driver from Boston),Sgt. Allen (my mentor), Jim Campbell (Ohio,)Mateo(PR), Todd Leasia, Kenneth Miller, Mumford, Wally (Pharmacist), Val, Rolph Marolt (CA), Bernard, Vince DiGiovanni(agent 007) from PA. I will update with other names as I recall them. I've been in touch with Ken Miller and Jim Campbell. Lost Campbell's e-mail address. We had a Vietnamese nurse "Mimi" who came every Wednesday to conduct siok call for employees of Pacific Architects and Engineers (PAE). If any of you read this I can be contacted at vicdoming@yahoo.com. I have pictures that I can share.
- Saturday, January 01, 2011 at 20:50:43 (EST)
Ken Bopp <amandabiker@cox.net>
Destrehan, LA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: TDY 6wks in Apr? and Aug/Feb 68
Association: Anesthetist
Just want to wish a, YES, a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR to all. And also to send thanks to the Fortmiller family for maintaining the site. Hope to see at least one more reunion before my time here ends. We were the best, were we not?
- Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 11:03:38 (EST)
Melvin K. Allen <keithallen@wildblue.net>
Green Ridge, MO USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Dec 10-29, 1968
Association: Patient
I was with the 82nd Airborne Division, 3rd Brigade. I suffered multiple gunshot wounds on 10 Dec and was medivaced to the 24th. Somebody removed a lobe of my liver, put a dacron patch on my diaphram, and took a piece of bullet out of my spine. I was unconscious until 17 Dec-------I remember the date because it was my daughters birthday when I woke up. I thought I had died and gone to hell because I was strapped down to the bed, had IV's in both arms and one leg, a tube down my throat, chest tubes in both lungs and little machines sitting on the floor going thunk, thunk. Then I saw a nurse and I decided I had died and gone to heaven. Went from the 24th to Japan and then to Fitzsimmons hospital in Denver. Was there for all of 1969, had 3 more surgeries and then was medically retired from the army in 1970. I am now 68 years young, 70% disabled (according to VA), retired, raising cattle and grandkids..Just found this site and want to thank all those who served not only at the 24th but everywhere in Vietnam.....Thanks to the Drs. and wonderful nurses my name is not on the wall in DC.
- Monday, December 20, 2010 at 21:14:17 (EST)
ROBERT A. REED <nonstop_34@yahoo.com>
Sulphur, LA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: late 1964 to Feb. 1966
Association: Surgical Tech- Brooke General/Beach Pavillion
O.R. Tech with Robert Martinez, Paul Baker, also Cliff Sanders, and Butch Favero, Cordel Kerconel. Received orders to O.C.S. in Jan. 1966 and while attending OCS the 24th received orders to deploy to Viet Nam. After graduation and commissioning, immediately attended and graduated from Flight School enroute to Viet Nam. I arrived the week following Robert Martines DEROS back to the states. I was assigned to a fixed wing Company (184th RAC) in Phu Loi, approximately 20 miles west of Long Binh. Flew over the 24th on many occasions and often wondered who I knew down there. Have not seen or communicated with any of the fellows I served with in San Antonio. My E-mail address was my call sign in country when I flew with the Nonstops of the 184th Recon Airplane Co. Will keep in touch for notices of the next reunion. Robert A. (Tony) Reed Capt. US Army
- Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 07:14:21 (EST)
Karen Wilson <fishbait68@hotmail.com>
Greenfield, MO USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1967-1968
Association: Nurse
Looking for anyone that was stationed at the same hospital with me. Would like to find other nurses, doctors or patients that served with me.
- Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 08:16:39 (EST)
Ken Butke <kbutke@verizon.net>
Springfield, VA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 69-July 70
Association: Registrar
- Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 20:32:38 (EDT)
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Vincent Mondano <vinny132@verizon.net>
Monroe Twp., NJ USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 1967
Association: Patient
I was with the 87th Engineers, 199th Inf. Brg. I was a Demolition Man. I was on the Perimeter in Long Binh one night when we had doubled each guard post for Hoe's Birthday. I passed out due to internal bleeding and was transported to the 24th Evac. where they found out I had a bleeding ulcer. I remember a nurse from Long Island N.Y. I think her name was Lt. La Rocka. She used to come in and sing with us. I received great treatment there and if she ever reads this, I want to thank her.
- Friday, December 03, 2010 at 06:48:05 (EST)
Mel Libby <namvet676848@yahoo.com>
Durand, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept '67-Nov '68
Association: Medic on Neurosurgical ward
RE: John We probably crossed paths somewhere along the line but I don't recall your name. I agree with your comments about the nurses and Docs. A new experience for me too and I did learn alot. Met with a few nurses at the reunions, but sure wish thre were more that would find this site. 42 yrs have passed but hardly a day goes by that I don't have a thought of the 24th and my time there.
- Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 12:43:56 (EST)
John Shaw <hogheaven00@myfairpoint.net>
Dalton, NH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: two tours 67 = 68
Association: medic on the maxillo facial ward
I worked with Connie Love, Edith Godfrey, Darlene Wolf,Tony Drumell ,Tom Overholser. Sorry, can't remember everyone. At the age of 19 and 20 years old I must say it was probably the most traumatic part of my life as I'm sure it was for everyone there. Working with these folks was a great, life long experience. They were the best people I have ever worked with, then til now. I learned alot from them. If I didn't know something, all I had to do is ask and the answer and help was always there. I'd say most of the nurses were just a couple of years older than I, but the knowledge and dedication could be seen in every move they made. Memories good and bad. Thanks to you all for serving.
- Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 20:27:22 (EST)
Mike McDonald <p.m.mcdonald@usfamily.net>
Mound, MN USA
A friend of mine was in the 24th as an ambulance driver - Michael J Morgan. If anyone knew him, please contact me.
- Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 19:46:21 (EST)
Maria H. Hoang <mariahoang47@yahho.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Tran Thi Hong
Irvine, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1970 - 1972
Association: Former Medical Records Clerk
Today is Veteran's Day. My family and I greatly appreciated all you who served my country. May GOD bless you all and your family always.
- Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 22:56:08 (EST)
Bob Richardson <brichardson90@comcast.net>
Crofton, MD USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1972
Association: Lab Technician
When I arrived in January '72, the lab consisted of an overcrowded portion of the hospital. That changed when a self cotained lab was built in the lot adjacent to the ER complete with 8 air conditioners. I was the lone rep the last 6 months and my duties consisted mostly of the occasional cross matching, but mostly diagnosing a disease some of the off-duty guys contracted. I wish I'd kept in touch with my compatriots. I made some great friends there.
- Friday, October 29, 2010 at 15:33:57 (EDT)
Paul Occhialini <pocchia@netzero.com>
Bay Point, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969
Association: Patient
First THANK YOU ALL and Welcome Home. I was medi-vac'd from Phoung Lam to the 24th I believe in 69. My memory is not that good anymore. I was with the "B" Co 169th Engrs.
- Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 21:28:47 (EDT)
Dave Dixon, MD <cvdgnomes@aol.com>
Leawood, KS USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 7-66 to 7-67
Association: Radiologist
I' m cleaning off my desk today and found J Baldwin's letter to me from last January. I re-read it, found the web site, and now I'm going to send some $ to Joan. Can't remember if I did before or not. My chief was Arnold Goldman. He was a Barry Plan radiologist who was a great mentor to this youngster who had only completed a third of his required time in Diagnostic Radiology. Arnie later lived in Texas and died a number of years ago. I worked with lots of wonderful X- ray techs. I believe we had the only developer tanks cooled with ice rather than heated to the desired temp. Lived in a tent with lots of great guys. The check is now in the mail....
- Friday, October 08, 2010 at 17:49:38 (EDT)
Harvey Lagasse <cdedriving@gmail.com>
Weirsdale, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969-1970
Association: Medic
If any one lives in Fl the FL Carriage Museum is having the largest veteran program in the country Nov 5 - Nov10, 2010. Go to www.vetweekusa.com
- Wednesday, October 06, 2010 at 20:26:55 (EDT)
Nancy Bergman <bergie@macatawa.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Van Slooten
Hamilton, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: August 1966 - August 1967
Association: Nurse
I was in the first group of nurses assigned to the 24th Evac. When we arrived in country the hospital wasn't built yet so I was sent to the 18th MASH in Pleiku along with Ella Lorrie Fletcher and Nancy Betz. Later we were sent to the 85th Evac and finally down to the 24th. I worked preop & recovery along with Maj Inez. Was glad to read that Chuck Boulet is doing OK now. I also remember the Cohen, Cooper, Deardorf and Wolf- surgery team. Would love to hear from anyone from any of the hospitals I was with.
- Sunday, October 03, 2010 at 21:01:58 (EDT)
Gene Counselman <skysoldier173@hotmail.com>
Saraland, AL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: mid May 67 to mid Jul 67
Association: Patient
Just want to thank everyone for the care given to me and all the other troops at 24th Evac. Not an experience I would like to do again, but your TLC helped me very much. Had a head injury, but the docs managed to get every thing back where it belonged. Really ya'll are a great bunch of people. God Bless you. Gene A/1/503d Inf, 173 Abn Bde Feb 67-Feb 68
- Thursday, September 02, 2010 at 06:06:53 (EDT)
Harvey Lagasse <cdedriving@gmail.com>
Weirsdale, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969-1970
Association: Medic
I worked with some great guys and ladies.
- Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 20:06:23 (EDT)
April Rivera <arrivera67@aol.com>
Kissimmee, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 67-69
Association: My grandfather that raised me
My grandfather that raised me was at the 24th Evac, SFC Jesus M Rivera. If anyone out there knew him....I would love to get in touch with you. He passed 6/12/77 and I still remember so many things about him and his stories. I have so many of his Army things including a picture of him with Maj. Nancy McKlizi and SGM Crawford. I would like to thank you all for your hard work and efforts and for risking your lives while you served our country. It will not be forgotten. April Rivera
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 20:37:30 (EDT)
Gary Laine <jgarylaine@att.net>
Austin, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: October 1967-December 1968
Association: Medic
I served in the Pre-op and Recovery Ward
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 20:33:33 (EDT)
Phill Nowakowski <phill_nowakowski@yahoo.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Ski
Plainfield, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 69-70
Association: Medic
Just thought I would say hello to those from Wards 5 & 6. Think of you often.
- Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 08:04:08 (EDT)
Sid Schwab <sid.schwab@gmail.com>
Everett, WA USA
I'm proud to call John Baldwin a friend. I served as a doc in Vietnam, but not at the 24th Evac. I'd have loved to have been across the OR table with JB there. I'd have learned, and contributed. In Danang, in 70-71, my experiences were very different. Those who served at the 24th evac and others like it were the highest example of dedication and professionalism, and the number of lives they saved and improved is countless. I'm glad to have found this site, and will spend time looking it over thoroughly.
- Monday, August 02, 2010 at 07:53:46 (EDT)
Dr. John Baldwin and Jeannie <jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 68-69
Association: Major, Surgeon Chief
I want to thank all the people who have contributed $$ to fund our site...nobody has a salary, but it costs to have this open. We are among the LAST of hospitals to have a site and this is due to the dedication and loyalty of Ed and Joan Fortmiller and several 24th girls and guys and patients who contribute. We are fine...this is not a money ad. I just want to thank LTC Ken BUTKE, who with myself, answers EVERY sign in, even if it is welcome home as I wrote to the last sign in...Chuck Boulet...Funny thing...Jeannie and I have welcomed about 20+ guys and wives and kids to our home and guesthouse...whom we met here...."Come visit"....and they did, and it was wonderful. Time flies. Contact me...come visit the High Sierra....and every night say thanks to Joan Fortmiller, who, when beloved husband Ed died of brain cancer, took this website over in honor of her husband...without her, we would be in the vapors of the planet. Stay in touch. Dr. John and Jeannie 24th Evac kids.....California 209 586 1127....jnbaldwin@mlode.com. Love you guys...
- Sunday, August 01, 2010 at 21:00:14 (EDT)
Artis E. "Pat" Johnson <aepjohnson@comcast.net>
Channelview, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Oct 1967 thru September 1968
Association: Corpman Wards 9 & 10
I was at the 24th Evac from: Oct 1967 thru September 1968. It is good to see there are still some of us left. I remember so many of the people mentioned on the web site. I don't imagine anyone remembers me. I was just a country boy from Nacogdoches, Texas, amazed by all the damage humans could do to each other.
- Sunday, August 01, 2010 at 20:51:48 (EDT)
Chuck Boulet <cboulet@sc.rr.com>
Hopkins, SC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 4/66-6/67
Association: 91C pre-op recovery
I finished treatment for oral cancer in February of this year. Had 13 chemo and 35 radiation treatments. CT scan is now negative for the tumor. Could be agent orange related as oral cancer is now on the list. I also had a second tour on the DMZ in 71-72 as Senior Medical Advisor in Quang Tri province. Evac'd from there in 72 after being overrun. Went to Pho Quoc Island POW camp as Medical Advisor (22,000 VN PRISON) Traveled all over country. Like to hear from anyone. SFC CHUCK BOULET, USA RETIRED
- Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 20:35:50 (EDT)
Tom Vasilou <thmvsl@aol.com>
Fort Meyers, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1971
Association: helicopter pilot at long binh
Spent many a beer with comrades and staff at your club bar. Thank you for saving so many of us. I know you wanted to save all of us. God bless.
- Friday, July 30, 2010 at 10:17:50 (EDT)
Fentress A. Hickman <FAHICKMAN@AOL.COM>
Fort Washington, MD USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 9/1967 - 9/1968
Association: Detachment Clerk
Arrived at the 24th when tents served as living quarters. Detachment Commander was Maj. Wilbur L. Beck. Later Commander was Capt. Robert Fraser. Was present during TET when many of us were sent to the helipad to bring wounded into the hospital. 1SG Edmund Zehel was my 1SG most of my time at 24th. I also remember many of the Doctors and Nurses who served so valiantly, especially CPT Constance V. Love. I also played music on a small pump-organ for chapel services. After my time at the 24th I was assigned to Ft. Bragg, NC. Was discharged in 1970 (SP5), was employed with the US Capitol Police (Wash. DC) for 28 years, retired as Deputy Chief, am now living in Ft. Washington, MD (near DC) and now serve as a pastor of a Baptist Church in Easton, MD. Would like to hear from anyone who was there during my time.
- Friday, June 25, 2010 at 06:13:15 (EDT)
Don Barnett <dandjbarnett@msn.com>
Littleton, CO USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: August 16, 1968 to Dec 11, l969
Association: Detachment Commander, Aug, l968 to Dec, l969
Don (Ole Barn or Barney) Barnett here. Greetings to my friends from the l968 and l969 generation at the dear ole 24th Evac. I was on the committee that prepared the l993 reunion at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. A few of you have the note about the passing of my wife, JoAnn. She was the heart and soul of the l993 event and managed all of it. Her computer skills made the reunion possible. We have told our friends and family that, aside from the joy of our children and grandchildren, those fours days in the hot summer of l993 were most glorious days of our life since my return from Vietnam about Christmas time in l969. We were married about 1.5 years after I got home. JoAnn had heard all of my stories countless times and felt the spirit of the reunion when good friends from several generations of service met under a friendly flag of friendship and had those wonderful days together. Tears at events like that are a good thing. Baby Barbara (see Leon's latest entry on the web, please) was our keynote speaker and there was not a dry eye in the hotel ballroom. Leon lives about two miles from me on the west side of metro Denver. He was NCOIC of the OR during TET in l968. I have dozens of pictures, letters from the attendees, and memories that fill my heart with pride and affection for those who served so well and the patients who suffered so greatly during that war. WE had about ten patients who had passed through the hospital join us at the l993 reunion. They brought their families too and it was a wonderful moment in time. I have the address for Sweet Pea, the hospital translator. She lives in Louisiana and has two children. She survived Katrina and only had minor damage to her home. She was a boat person and escaped Vietnam and landed in the PI and her future husband found her there and brought her to the United States. She would like to visit with many of you and has wonderful memories of her service with us. What a fine lady and proud American today. I can send you her address. JoAnn became gravely ill with terrible back pain in early March and passed away eight days after heroic surgery on her aorta. The bacterial infection in her bloodstream was so high and it required over two weeks for the doctors to find the spot of the infection.(about five inches below the heart.) The bacteria virtually destroyed her aorta. She lived eight days beyond the operation. We have two lovely daughters and three grandchildren and are thankful for our 38 years with JoAnn. It is happening to so many. We lost Irv Jenkins, the XO in l968 and l969 and one of the finest men I ever met. And we receive notes of other dear friends that are now gone. It was my good fortune to have breakfast last week with Bill Hammon, CO of the hospital in l968-69 and his wife Patty (ER nurse in the same generation) in Denver. They live in the Colorado mountains and are in good health. We shared pictures, memories, a few tears, and we all cherish our friendship. With all of this electonic stuff today, somebody might want to try another reunion. Not me. I can be an advisor and help a little. There is a $2,000 fund for future reunions that is held by a man in Denver and he can be found to prime the pump. He was the man who put together the reunion in Texas in 2002. I did not attend but he has email addresses for hundreds and he gave me a copy and I will share that list with any new committee that has the energy to try another reunion. Seems to me the best place is Washington, DC,in the shadow of the sacred ground of the Vietnam Memorial. That is the most fitting place to honor the 58,000 (an ever-expanding number) who did not return to their families. It is sacred ground for our generation (I am now 67.) I told Dr. Hammon last week, "Without the wonderful doctors and so many others, the length of the "Wall" in Washington would be much longer and the national grief much more deep and painful for our nation." If you have not been to the Wall, it is a life-changing moment. We had ten on the steering committee in l992-93 and ten more on the advisory committee for the l993 reunion. We printed stationery but we did not have e-mail. I put notices in about 75 veteran or military publications and folks sent their names to my home in Denver. JoAnn kept the master list up to date and we sent out notices for month after month and asked others to send in more names. It was slow but certain. We started with about eight MSC officers and the list (without email--and using only snail mail) grew to over 800. I suppose some of the addresses are now stale but we have every name of the folks who have signed onto the website in the past few years and they have friends and I suppose we could gather a large number of names to invite to any possible event with their families. I still have the registration forms for the 225 vets who joined with us in l993. The Mayflower room rental was a little high ($$) and the airfare was high for those who came from the west. These issues were forgotten as the joy of the reunion hit our hearts. This is just a thought and maybe somebody will pick up the ball. A disappointment -- I attended in 2005 the dedication of South Dakota Vietnam Memorial and it was very nice. Ken Butke from my generation had printed some wonderful signs that we carried when about 40 24th Evacers attended the 20th anniversary of the Vietnam Memorial Memorial on Veteran's Day in 2002. I kept one of those signs. I carried it all over the capital grounds in Pierre, SD at the dedication and not one former patient stepped forward to remark about being treated at our 400-bed hospital. Thousands attended with a high number of visitors from South Dakota's proud eight Native American Reservations. It was a big disappointment for me. But it was a wonderful dedication and the monument is also very nice. All the best to my friends, and I wish for all of you much happiness. I read a Chinese proverb a few weeks ago. It said we should all pause a moment in our search for eternal happiness and financial security and "just be happy--now and then." I wish my wife and I would have taken more of those moments to just be happy but we had 38 years that were wonderful. Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July. With my affection and respect, Don Barnett Captain, MSC Medical Detachment Commander, l968-69.
- Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 21:09:24 (EDT)
Allan Wolff <apw40@yahoo.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: 1966-1967
Association: general medical officer
Great to hear from the Baldwins and hope all is well. I also thank Joan for her fine work and for her continuation of the great work that her late husband did for our 24th evac website. We are forever young when we read about and contribute to our beloved 24th evac. We remember just why we were there: to serve the dedicated men and women sent to keep South Vietnam free. Ultimately, we did win the war because Vietnam today is a peaceful place that we can go and visit without hassle and much of our own goods such as shoes, clothing and hearing aids are manufactured right in the Long Bien trading zone. Allan Wolff, MD general medical officer 1966-1967 member of the cooper-cohen-wolff surgical team
- Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 21:06:37 (EDT)
John N. Baldwin MD Major, Surgeon Chief <jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 68-May 69
Association: Chief, Chest, Vascular, Heart shots...and all else
I have today (June 14,2010) gone back to read a year's worth of fabulous Guest Notes and it brings me back to Baby Barbara (now 48), Sgt. Rodriguez and the baby in the crib in ICU playing with the stethescopes (my picture), and then some others who have sent in memories of doctors and nurses who I know and still, if able, keep in contact with. Joan Fortmiller, widow of my beloved Ed Fortmiller, Wardmaster of #5 and #6 Surgery..."MY GUYS" sends me EVERY SINGLE sign in to the guest book and I and LTC Ken Butke send a "welcome home" to each and try, if there is a question, finding folks or records, etc...fix it. HEY TO all out there...Welcome Home. Job well done. The 24th was the BEST in the WORLD at the time. Remember that. Your were part of it. Dr. John Baldwin, Major, MC...draftee...loved it and proud of it.
- Monday, June 14, 2010 at 21:57:34 (EDT)
Emily Bagley <bagley.emily@gmail.com>
Richland, WA USA
I previously commented [see May 18, 2010 entry] on how I did an English Report on this Hospital. I received the paper back with the grade of 195/200. I want to thank you guys again for your hard work and dedication. Thank you so much, for everything.
- Friday, June 11, 2010 at 08:29:07 (EDT)
Paul Peppers <paulpeppers@windstream.net>
Glenwood, AR USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept. 63 to Sept 64
Association: Enlisted, X-Ray Tech
I was assigned to the 24th for one year prior to joining the 16th Medical Disp. The 16th was activated and we shipped out to Saigon September 1964. I served in Vietnam until September 1965 when I left the Army.
- Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 19:26:41 (EDT)
James A Herbert <JHERB337@AOL.COM>
Opelousas, LA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: SEPT 1966 TO SEPT 1967
Association: Nurse
Assisted with others while the 24th was being constructed. Was sent to the 6th Convalescent Center in Cam Ranh Bay, then was sent back to the 24th when it was completed sometime after January 1967. Returned to the U.S. in September 1967.
- Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 19:24:01 (EDT)
Patricia Biggs <Patricia.Biggs@VA.gov>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Hugle
San Antonio, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 6/68-12/68
Association: Nurse
assigned to the medical ward/orthopedics
- Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 19:19:27 (EDT)
Marj Kersey/Billker <ashtin@netzero.net>
Louisville, KY USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 1971 to May 1072
Association: Captain/Head Nurse Orthopedic Ward
Anyone recall the chinook crash victims we received in May of 1972? Has had quite an impact on me years later and wonder if there is anyone else out there that remembers details.
- Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 20:54:49 (EDT)
Daryl Turk <daryl.turk@att.net>
Montgomery, AL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July-69 to July -70
Association: Lab Tech. 92b
- Monday, May 24, 2010 at 18:15:11 (EDT)
Emily Bagley <bagley.emily@gmail.com>
Richland, WA USA
I want to thank everyone that has shared stories, pictures, or anything else on this site. I am currently writing stories about the Vietnam War for my freshman English class and have chosen to study this hospital. Thanks again!
- Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 06:19:52 (EDT)
Joel Friday <tgijdf@hotmail.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: 1 JUL 69 - 29 APR 71
Association: 91D20 - Operating Room (OR) Tech. a.k.a. Surgical Tech
Did 21 month tour of duty at the 24th Evac. Worked in CMS the first 8 months or so, then the remainder in the OR.
- Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 06:17:28 (EDT)
Ronald E Lewis <MYSAN51@YAHOO.COM>
Dallas, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1971-1972
Association: Crew
Quartermaster laundry
- Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 21:11:47 (EDT)
Chester G Krawczyk Jr <chet7@sprint.blackberry.net>
Chicago, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 20 oct71 to 19 jun72
Association: surgical tech er
Looking for people from the 24th evac hosp. Filed for PTSD. Just looking to chat maybe meet if you are close. It's been 39 years.
- Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 06:09:44 (EDT)
Jeffrey Carl Hakanson <jeff@hunterlawgroup.com>
Tampa, FL USA
Association: Relative
Hakanson, Carl Manfred, M.D., 73, died at home May 3, 2010, surrounded by his family and close friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Ellen, his children Susan, Mary Beth and Jeffrey, grandchildren Jessica, Gretchen, Bailey, Will, Jeffrey, Sam and sister, Jean Ann Hawes, of Raleigh, North Carolina. Born in Richmond, Virginia, Carl attended Hamilton College where he was president of his fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon. He received his medical training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed internships and surgical residencies at the University of Virginia Medical Center where he also earned a Masters Degree in Surgery. He served his country as a Major in the United States Army at the 24th Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh Post, Republic of Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He joined the Tampa surgical group of Carlton, Conner and Blank in 1971. He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida. With his partners Philip Andersen and Arthur Waltzer, he was an attending physician and associate professor at both Tampa General Hospital and James A. Haley Veteran's Administration Hospital. He served terms as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at both Tampa General and University Community Hospital and he served as Vice President of Medical Affairs at University Community Hospital. He was influential in the establishment of the Burn Unit at Tampa General. Second only to his love of his family was his love of teaching. An avid reader of history and golfer, he enjoyed sharing the game with his wife and friends. Upon retirement in 1995, he and Ellen traveled the Blue Highways of the United States for 3 years before settling in his native Virginia for 8 years. He was a parishioner of Christ the King Catholic Church. Throughout his life Carl selflessly utilized his God-given gifts of healing and teaching for the benefit of his family and fellow man.
- Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 22:06:51 (EDT)
Ronnie Reams <ronnie.reams@us.army.mil>
Wendell, NC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1967
Patient in the 24th Clearing Company for a few days, but mainly your overnight MARS op placing calls back to the "world" from the 53d Sig Bn at Long Binh Plantation. I see lots of names that I have in my "little green book"
- Monday, April 26, 2010 at 06:22:15 (EDT)
Douglas Drob <dpdrob@cox.net>

Association: Relative
I am Pat Drob's son. Thanks for mentioning my Dad. He is no longer with us - he passed away in the early 1980's. I was a young teenager so really didn't get to know him as an adult. He mentioned once about the xray to me, 100 thousand mile an hour tape that held things together, and the incredibly gifted nurses and staff that could put any college MD to shame, and the Docs that were there who could work magic. You guys went to hell and back; some left a piece of themselves there, and some brought a piece of hell back - with my fading memory and a few photos with no real narrative I am certain that my words don't even do it justice. Thanks to all of the 24th for serving and being my Dad's friends - your service will not be forgotten. God bless you. Doug
- Monday, April 26, 2010 at 06:18:38 (EDT)
Steven Best <beststeven@att.net>

I was at the 24th Evac from: mid-1970
Association: Patient
I just wanted to say thank you to all you wonderful folks for the tender loving care you gave me, once upon a time in a land far far away. Having spent six weeks in your facility in mid-1970, I can honestly say that in the hands of your professional doctors and compassionate nurses, I went from the point of wishing I was dead, to earnestly striving to get well. After returning home I graduated from a doctoral program, married, and had three children. I may not remember your names, but I have thought of you often, and always with the deepest respect and appreciation. May God bless you.
- Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 20:22:47 (EDT)
Cheryl Person <sperson1@iowatelecom.net>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Kleinhesselink
Iowa City, IA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1971-1972
Association: Nurse surgical wards
During this time at 24th Evac we made a year book. I still have mine and can remember faces and the times we had together. The Rice bowl game we had was great. The nurses beat the doctors. I was known as Col Klink to some of you. After a break in service I retired as a LTC in 2000. This site is great. I hope to hear from others that were at the 24th Evac. God Bless all of you.
- Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 18:20:25 (EDT)
Dr Steven I. Skurow <steve@drstevendds.com>
Covina, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov.-Dec. 1968
Association: dentist Quan Loi (LZ Andy)
I spent most of my time at LZ Andy, but took some flights to the 24th to support patients. As a dentist I did more medicine than dentistry during my time at LZ Andy. Met (and have pictures of) Martha Raye. She was a Ltc. nurse corps (surgical nurse) and spent six months a year in RVN. Her time was working as a nurse, not an entertainer, but she certainly entertained us the night she spent with us.
- Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 06:09:26 (EDT)
Gary Johnson <garyj360@gmail.com>
Centralia, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: November 1969 thru December 1970
Association: Troop
I was transferred from the 36th Evac. I was their courier and was delivering/picking up at the 24th about three times a week. Usually arrived there on a medivac chopper. Vividly remember being pinned down by a sniper at the front gate. Does anybody know the MP's that I could thank for calling in the gun ship?
- Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 12:40:22 (EDT)
Donna Orozco <queenu2@hotmail.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept 71-73?
Association: My brother was with the 24th in Long Binh
Dr.Douglas Foster was sent to 24th Evac from Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio in the early 70s. He was either a surgeon or an anesthesiologist. He passed away in 1982. I am looking for anyone who remembers him who can relate stories, etc.
- Friday, April 02, 2010 at 15:51:59 (EDT)
Jason L Overton <jason.overton@yahoo.com>
Dresden, TN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jun '67-Mar '68
Association: My father was assigned here.
My name is Jason Overton, my father Spc5 Albert L. Overton served in this unit from Jun '67-Mar '68. Was looking for anyone who knew him or have any pictures of him there.
- Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 06:18:27 (EDT)
Barbara Peterson <ezee2remember@comcast.net>
Montesano, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 1969 - April 28, 1969
Association: relative of a patient
Wanted to say it is good to get to know some who have signed in here. Wanted to announce "Vietnam Celebration and Parade" on March 28, 2010 in Sonora, California. Many have worked hard to honor our Vietnam veterans and I wanted to say thank you to all of you.
- Monday, March 22, 2010 at 06:13:13 (EDT)
David L Black, Ssg E-6, retired <davidlblack01@att.net>
Atascadero, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 20 march 69 to april 69
Association: Patient
From A co , 3/39th, 9th infantry division. In for loss of eye, two abdominal surgeries, and 11 other wounds. Thanks for saving me.
- Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 21:37:06 (EDT)
Paul Kuehn Jr <grunter2@juno.com>
Rochester, MN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 9, 1970
Association: Patient
Admitted with schrapnel wound to upper left arm from airstrike. I was with the 25th Division, 1/27th Wolfhounds. Remember seeing "Joe?" from Duluth, MN; he was in much worse shape. Wish I could contact staff from that time to thank you personally, you are the best of the best.
- Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 18:36:08 (EDT)
Robert Cooley <betbobcool@aol.com>
Atoka, TN USA
Association: my brother, harvey cooley, was a medic
looking for anyone who was treated on the field in combat by my brother, Doc Cooley, medic with D Co, 199th (redcatchers). He was killed in action May 6th, 68.
- Sunday, March 07, 2010 at 19:05:33 (EST)
Charles Colburn <ccolburn@bright.net>
Chillicothe, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 15, 1971
Association: Patient
I was with Navy Mine Division 72 operating in Mekong Delta operation Market Time. Was dusted off to Long Binh and had surgery there before being shipped conus. Great people there who took good care of me and saved my life. Many thanks.
- Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 19:59:10 (EST)
Rance Jurevwicz, Capt., USA, Ret <admin@veteranprograms.com>
Highland, CA USA
http://www.veteranprograms.com Great website! VSOs throughout the Nation tell us the U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs is a GREAT website as well. In fact, it is the website recommended by VSOs around the world. Veterans who are actively pursuing a service-connected claim or seeking an increase in compensation visit U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs to learn how to file, who to see, where to go, what to do, and so much more. Visit it today! http://www.veteranprograms.com
- Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 18:07:15 (EST)
Karl Roth <kjroth@activ8.net.au>
Mataranka, Northern Territory Australia
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1968
Association: Patient
Aussie, Field Engineer RAE Patient, depressed zygomatic arch. Hit the ground too hard. You guys patched and picked me up plus helped out a lot of other Aussies. God Bless. Regards, Karl "Darkie" Roth
- Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 20:24:12 (EST)
Reinaldo Torres <bandolero7@sc.rr.com>
Columbia, SC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 68-69
Association: Friend to the at that time company commander.
I was stationed at Long Bihn with the 32nd Medical Depot. Prior to going to Nam, I was stationed with the 13th Field Hospital at Ft. Belvoir, Va. The company commander went to the 24th Evac.
- Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 20:56:35 (EST)
Greg Stern <gregory.d.stern@gmail.com>
Harrison, NY USA
Association: My Father served at Long Binh and lived and worked near 24th
My father, Captain Bruce Stern, lived and worked in close proximity to the 24th Evac Hospital. I am trying to find out if any 24th Vets remember him. He was in-country November 1968-August 1969. He was in the 56th APU and was the asst. Post Comptroller. Please contact me if anyone has any information. gregory.d.stern@gmail.com Thank you and Welcome Home
- Wednesday, February 03, 2010 at 19:43:48 (EST)
Jim Rothblatt <redleef@verizon.net>
Palm Springs, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1967
Association: Patient, Visitor, Ambulance Driver
Sometime early in 1967, maybe March, while I was a platoon medic with the 199th I seriously sprained my ankle jumping off the back of a deuce and a half truck. At the time I thought my ankle was broken. I arrived at the 24th Evac Hospital riding in a jeep just as medevac choppers were landing and off loading dozens of seriously wounded grunts. I hopped into the hospital on my good foot alongside those broken, bloody, muddy and maimed men. Multiple teams of hospital medics were putting the litters up on saw horses and working on each of them in what had the appearance of practiced efficiency, while I was guided into another room. Because I only had an injured foot and had arrived in the middle of all that bloody controlled chaos, I assumed I would be put on hold until things settled down. It only seemed right. But what did happen with me is that a doctor met me first thing, said my foot appeared to be broken. I was sent immediately to x-ray. Shortly after the doctor met me again, said it wasnít broken, but was a sprain, my ankle was wrapped, I was given crutches and I was told that it would probably be a couple of weeks before the swelling would be down enough to get my foot back into a boot. An ambulance arrived shortly thereafter, picked me up and took me to BMB where I got a few weeks of light duty in the rear before returning to the field again. It was the best, most efficient medical attention and treatment I have ever received and it all took place during a massive triage situation. There is no doubt in my mind that all those wounded infantryman got as good as I got just as timely and just as efficiently. I remain impressed to this day at what took place then and there 43 years ago.
- Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 06:15:29 (EST)
Leon Rodriguez <elserod@aol.com>
Denver, CO USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 1967 - June 1968
Association: NCOIC of Operating Rooms & CMS
I was the Sergeant that adopted Baby Barbara. Barbara has done beautifully. She has her own family now, with a good husband, a beautiful thirteen year old daughter and a bright eighteen year old son. Barbara is 42 years old and has been married 20 years. As you know, Barbara's name given by her natural parents was Nguyen Thi Mein. There was only one scary time in parenting Barbara. That was in 1970 when the Vietnamese Government sent me rules and reporting requirements for her care. I immediately adopted Barbara in American Court and expedited her US Citizenship. It is interesting to note, that recently there have been many articles about the adoption of Barbara. None of them have much accuracy, but at least talking or writing about Barbara is good for the writer or speaker. Barbara has always been a joy for my wife and I. I have offered Barbara the chance to go back to Vietnam, but she always says, Dad you and Mom are my parents and there is nothing in Vietnam for me to go to. For me, I truly believe I have much more than I deserve. Respectfully, Leon Rodriguez
- Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 20:07:26 (EST)
Jim Rothblatt <redleef@verizon.net>
Palm Springs, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1967
Association: Patient once, Visited a patient once and for 3 1/2 months was ambulance driver between 199th BMB and the 24th Evac
I have three memories of the 24th. I'll share the last one first and the others on later entries. I was a medic with the 199th. My last 3 1/2 months in country I was an ambulance driver who took sick call back and forth between our base camp and the 24th. As part of my duty assignment I would sometimes be an on-call driver at night in case of emergencies and such. There were times when I was pulling all night duty that I would get a call fom the 24th to pick up an officer from the 24th Evac. It meant doing a round trip at night to the hospital and back for me and whoever rode shotgun... actually more like M-16. The nurse rode in the back of my jeep ambulance. On one of my pickups, she climbed into the back and I accidentally backed into a ditch. I always remember how graceful she looked somersaulting over the strap in the back of the jeep into the dirt, when the vehicle came to a sudden stop. She seemed unhurt, if not embarrassed.
- Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 21:40:22 (EST)
Kammy McCleery <namdd@insightbb.com>
Lexington, KY USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1 April 1968
Association: Patient
Vivid memories of 24th Evac at Long Binh in April 1968. When our driver and I were involved in a jeep/truck accident in the middle of Bien Hoa on 1 April 1968, I left knee prints in the dashboard and the metal bar at the top of the windshield left its mark on my forehead. When a medcap mission stopped by on their way back to 24th Evac, they took me along... wrapped my head in bandages, put me in the front seat, held on to the back of my uniform so I wouldn't fall out, and bitched all the way back about being crowded into the back seat. When I got there, 2 other DDs had just left... saw me... turned around and came right back to the 24th. Pat Rowan leaned over me and said, "Wow, that's cool... I never saw a skull before!" I immediately told her to find a mirror for me so I could see, too. The doctor said, "No!" That's when I started to get worried... I kept thinking that I hadn't been that pretty before... what was I going to look like now? They put me on a stretcher on sawhorses and gave me a camouflage 'We Try Harder' button to hold. A Spec 5 stitched me up the first time with 5 big stitches... When the doctor came in, he said, "You can't put big stitches in a girl... They'll show!" Oh, terrific... Then the doc took out the stitches, debrided the wound and put in 17 tiny stitches. Turns out he was a plastic surgeon who'd been drafted and had three weeks left in country. Thank you, God!! I looked like a battered raccoon for a couple of weeks. The ARC couldn't let me go out in the field like that, so I finally got to go on R&;R after 9 months in country. The doctor asked for a chess set and commented that he doubted he'd get it. Unfortunately, he was right. I couldn't get anyone to take a chess set to him. He also advised me that I had come within a quarter inch of losing my right eye. An officer came around shortly after the accident and told me that if I completed an accident report, the guy driving the truck that turned in front of us would likely be demoted and lose pay, so I never went through with it. I just asked that the soldier come visit me to see the result of his hurry. Never happened. I lost the Avis 'We Try Harder' button... wish I still had it. When I first saw M*A*S*H, the movie, I yelped at the scene where Hawkeye asks if the patient is an officer or an enlisted man... upon being told that he was an enlisted man, Hawkeye comments that it's okay to make the stitches big. Been there, done that... Thank you to the plastic surgeon yet again...
- Monday, January 25, 2010 at 21:07:00 (EST)
John Michael Perry <txkoshemike@gmail.net>
Temple, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969-1970
Association: 9th Med Long Binh
9th Med didn't have mess facilities so we ate at the 24th Mess. Made a couple of good friends there, Art Marchand and Dave (RED) Hadden. Found Red, now to find Art, Arthur Marchand Jr. Last known address for Art was City of Commerce CA. I have vivid memories in retrospect. My time there made me what I am today.
- Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 19:57:07 (EST)
Jerry M. Yarbrough <peoriaguy@hotmail.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 67-68
Association: ran the supply/laundry
I served at the 24th Evac. in 67/68. I ran the supply/laundry during my time there. My most notable accomplishment was the conversion of a water heater from a washing machine to the showers so the staff could take hot showers. A little thing but at the time it was quite a deal. My contact information is: Jerry M. Yarbrough (Sgt) 17825 N. 7th Street #111 Phoenix, AZ 85022-1114 email is: peoriaguy@hotmail.com Thanks for any information, Jerry aka FAT RAT
- Monday, January 18, 2010 at 18:50:13 (EST)
Nancy Van Slooten Bergman <bergie@macatawa.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: in the original group that went to Vietnam
Association: Nurse
I was a nurse in the original group that went to Vietnam, assigned to the 24th Evac. I would like to locate either than Lt Nancy Betz, originally from Denver and later believed to have moved to the San Francisco area , or Laura Ella Fletcher originally from Baton Rouge, LA. I believe Laura retired from the army as a Lt Col but am not sure.Someone told me they thought she might be in the Pacific NW.I would love to hear from anyone from the original group. I was able to attend the 1st reunion in DC, but missed the 2nd as my son was graduating from college then. Are there anymore plans for another reunion?
- Tuesday, January 05, 2010 at 20:11:29 (EST)
Robert Tolliver <Gunnersfchd@msn.com>
Wrightwood, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: visited many times from 1968 to 1970
Association: Combat medic with C -3/7 199th inf. sent many wounded to you
Just found your site and wanted to say thanks to all who served with the 24th. You saved many lives and my sincere thanks to all of you.
- Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 18:22:36 (EST)
John Gibson <heath843@shtc.net>
Chesterfield, SC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Aug 1968 - Nov 1969
Association: Corpman
I would like to hear from workers from the maxial facial ward.
- Monday, December 28, 2009 at 20:14:55 (EST)
Mel Libby <namvet676848@yahoo.com>
Durand, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept 67 - Nov 68
Association: Corpsman Neurosurgical wards
That was a nice tribute Cathie!! Yup, sometimes I wonder if the guys are doing OK. Not having been wounded, one seems to just move on to normalcy ~~then every now and again think about the guys that came thru the ward, and think of their lives. 41 yrs ago ~~~or was it just yesterday. All, have a good upcoming year!!
- Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 18:36:23 (EST)
Cathie Henderson Solomonson <swanwake@aol.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Henderson
Troutman, NC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: April Fools' Day ,1968 thru St Patty's,1969
Association: ANC, Neuro Post OP
David Cass was one of our patients w/a cervical spinal cord injury. His daughter, Maggie, created this tribute to him .. you can hear his voice during the video. I find it so moving .. and wanted to share with all who may have taken care of him. http://www.youtube.com/user/margueritelouisacass For most, we never found out how they did after they left the 24th. But I can attest to all the gusto with which David has lived..
- Thursday, December 24, 2009 at 17:13:37 (EST)
Arne LeDavid Fitts (Arnie) <dfitts@worldnet.att.net>
Custer, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Mar 70-July 70
Association: Med supply, 9th Med Lab, Cast Clinic,& patient Easter '70
I found one of my oldest, lostest friends here yesterday and I am still absorbing that. These people literally saved my life in more ways than I can count. I don't remember much of my time there, but I would welcome contact with anyone who knew me, even if it is to tell me what a jerk I was. I bet I owe a lot of apologies....I swear, I didn't know I was crazy....(you probably get that a lot...) Thanks, Arnie
- Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 08:39:34 (EST)
Les McFadzen <mcfadzen@bigpond.net.au>
Alexandra Hills, QLD Australia
I was at the 24th Evac from: 8/09/70, 15-16/10/70,4-6/03/71,5/06/71
Association: Patient
I was an Australian Liaison Officer (PW2)based at Long Binh from Apr 70 to Jul 71. I was treated for minor injuries & wounds at the 24th on 4 different occasions. My stays were not long enough to get to know staff but long enough to appreciate their professional and caring help. I remember Dr Jack Gordon as I recruited him to play rugby with the Australian Military team in Saigon. Other 24th personnel also played rugby with us. Contact me if you remember the rugby games against Circle de Sportif.
- Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 08:34:33 (EST)
David Hadden <sdhadden_2000@yahoo.com>
Chanhassen, MN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 69-70
Association: Cast Man Ward 11
Heard from Arnie Fitts today. We are looking for Art Marchand. Art if you are out there, please email. dave hadden
- Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 21:57:51 (EST)
chan tsu <chanatto@yahoo.com>
Elmonte, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1968 to 1972
Association: Med & Interpreter
1968 to 1970 I worked at ER with Major Troniar head nurse. From 1970 to 1972 I worked at A&;D night shift - a meaningful & wonderful period of my life. Especially want hear from Bach Tuyet Sweet Pea and Major Troniart.
- Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 21:21:47 (EST)
Jerry Harrison <fgharrison@hotmail.com>
Atlanta, GA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: April 1970
Association: Patient
I just wanted to say thank you to the entire team of folks that helped myself and other members of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. You really have no idea how comforting it is to go from a firefight and wounds to a warm, friendly voice telling you it is going to be OK. Never forget the smell either, I could feel my blood pressure and comfort level getting better. Again thank you for myself and other members of 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry, 199th LIB.
- Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 20:45:27 (EST)
Bob Miller <rjma@rjma.com>
Buffalo, NY USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: August 1970 through June 1971
Association: Personnel Officer
I would love to share memories of my time at the 24th. http://bobmillerflighttraining.com
- Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 20:57:54 (EST)
William White <willwhite9869@aol.com>
Washington, DC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept 67-Sept 68
Association: OR Tech
Worked in the OR.
- Tuesday, December 08, 2009 at 22:49:23 (EST)
Lee Hayes <leehayeshayes@hotmail.com>
Bisbee, AZ USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1971-1972
Association: 9th Med Lab / 24th Evac Hospital Complex
I worked at the Med Lab Infectious Diseases Section(1971-72), at the lab,volunteered at the 24th Emergency Room, and trained tehnicians at WRAIR facility at 24th EVAC. Sp.5 Lee Hayes
- Monday, December 07, 2009 at 08:03:15 (EST)
Susan L. Backs <sunshine223@mindspring.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Lodge
Leavenworth, KS USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 70 -July 71
Association: 2 LT nurse in POW hospital & wards 9 & 10 (GU/Ortho)
Haven't been on in quite some time. New grandbabies, new puppy and very busy unit to work, plus emerg commo with Ham radio. (MARS has not gone away. Long after I returned, someone mentioned they thought that I was in a book... turned out it was true. Friend Jill Mishkel & I had gone to RVN tigether from basic. I wanted north..'where the action was'..so little did I know. Jill saw the chief nurse first...so where did we go? She had asked for anything together...so 24th was our new home. Found wonderful comrades and lifelong friends. Walk in peace.
- Thursday, December 03, 2009 at 06:17:06 (EST)
MARIA H. HOANG <mariahoang47@yahoo.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: TRAN THI HONG
Irvine, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1971-1972
Association: Medical Record Clerk
I was a Medical Record Clerk under CPT JERRY L. BROWN,MSC, REGISTRAR, 24th Evacuation Hospital. CPT BROWN was a Vietnamese's Guardian Angel. I am looking for help to locate CPT BROWN, please help. Thanks.
- Wednesday, December 02, 2009 at 08:50:27 (EST)
Lawrence (Larry) Chester <chesterdulee@yahoo.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: 1966 - June 1967
MY name is Lawrence (Larry) Chester. I was with the 24th when they shipped out from Fort Sam Houston. I started taking pictures as soon as I could when we were building the hospital. When the hospital was opened I worked as a corpman on Post-op 2. I was shipped back to the states the first part of June 1967. Following is a link to my pictures. https://cid-fefa7a11e6e5d389.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/24th%20Evac%20Hospital
- Monday, November 30, 2009 at 20:38:19 (EST)
Allan Wolff <apw40@yahoo.com>
Chicago, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1966-1967
Association: Physician
My thoughts of all those who served on our mission of healing remains forever in my mind. Interesting facts to note: the youngest corpsman to serve with the 24 evac in 1966 was born in 1948 and would be 61 years old today. The youngest nurse in 1966 was born in 1944 and would be 65 years old. The youngest doc in 1966 was born in 1940 and would be 69 years old. Similarly, the youngest corpsman in 1972 was born in 1954 and would be 55 years old. The youngest nurse in 1972 was born in 1950 and would be 60 years old. The youngest doc in 1972 was born in 1947 and would be 62 years old. We are an aging group of survivors and I am glad that the pictures on our web site tell us that all that we recall actually did happen! God bless you all!! May you have good health and fond memories!
- Monday, November 30, 2009 at 20:31:19 (EST)
John Baldwin, MD <jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 68 to May 69
Association: General, vascular and chest surgeon MD
Just a quick note to thank Joan Fortmiller, wife of our lost brother, Ed Fortmiller, my beloved Wardmaster on Panels 4 and 5...60 patients each...he made my "job" a piece of cake with his responsibility and talent...doing the things that a surgeon still does in real life, but he did it better...IVs, bandages, debridement, loving care, common sense for 2AM medicines or transfusion. God bless you Ed. For all of the new sign ons...this 24th evac site is unique...we are among the last STANDING...no 3rd Field and 45th Surg, among others, is moribund. Sign in, and somebody will answer: "Welcome Home Brother". John Baldwin, MD. Surgeon 68-69 and a real believer
- Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 21:11:57 (EST)
Bruce Linsenmayer <brucelinsenmayer@earthlink.net>

I am lookig for a medic by the name of "Doc" Gibson who would have been assigned to B company 5/12 199th in September of 1969. Can anyone help?
- Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 20:52:18 (EST)
Stanley Carter <carpaintter@hotmail.com>
Port Orchard, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Oct. 24, 1970 to Nov. 2,1970
Association: Patient
I was hurt in a freak accident when my tank pivoted on my feet.. I wanted to thank all of the staff nurses/doctors etc. who took care of me. I almost lost my right foot but with what the staff did they saved it. I am fine today. Thank you so much! Stan
- Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 17:26:48 (EST)
Barbara Peterson <ezee2remember@comcast.net>
Montesano, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 29 - April 20, 1969
Association: Relative
My husband was there in April 1969 as a patient: I just wanted to personally thank all of you who had part in his recovery. His story is listed here and if you have not read it before; please consider taking the time to do so. It has been a blessing to me to be able to spend these 40 wonderful years with this man. I am thankful to you all for your service to our country. May God be given all the glory for your great talents in the medical field. Thanks so very much.
- Friday, November 13, 2009 at 07:31:06 (EST)
Thomas Havican <tomhavican@yahoo.com>
Taylor, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: April 1969 to Jan 1970
Association: OR Tech/CMS
I was an OR tech in the 24th evac hospital. I remember working with Dr. Yang. He was a great neurosurgeon. I worked mostly nights and we got great treats from the bakery. I turned 21 over there.
- Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 21:00:42 (EST)
David Nice <dnicetry@hughes.net>
Conesus, NY USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 9/1971 - 6/1972
Association: 92 B Lab Tech
Worked nights from Oct 71 thru June 72. Maj Tom Desmond and Cpt David Ohashi were the lab OIC's during my tour. Col Blodgett was the hospital commander and Cpt Myers was the detachment CO. During this time in my life I felt that I made a difference and missed the "jazz" when I returned to "The World". I remember the VVAW protest on Thanksgiving 71 at the theater where they only had bread and water. I took a picture and in 1979 met a person in Rochester, NY that was in the picture. Also, at the post Post Office across the street I ran into a former high school classmate. What a small world. Today is Veterans Day 2009 and I salute everyone I served with and all veterans. Peace.
- Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 20:57:54 (EST)
David Hadden <sdhadden_200@yahoo.com>
Chanhassen, MN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 69-70
Association: 91h20 ortho tech, ward 11
The food was good, midnight chow a great time. The 24th made me who I am today. The doctors skilled and caring. Expecially LTC Allen Merrill, ward 11 Hootches 29,21,and 19. I was 19 at the time and started shaving. Love to the guys who unloaded the choppers, the ER people who were tremendous, xray Pat Drob who won a bronze star for the live mortar round in the chest xray. All the guys in the lab and wrair. The pre-op and recovery people I send you my greatest respect. John Carder my closest known living friend who still does the same work as an RN down in Texas. Then the OR...I love all of you. The little red headed pot smoking cast man. Dave
- Wednesday, November 04, 2009 at 07:45:09 (EST)
Gary T. Jones <volsborn@hotmail.com>
Emden, MO USA
Association: Patient
Well it's been nearly 40 years since I was medivaced to either the 93rd evac hospital or the 24th. Memory and numbers are a blur. Had a head injury and punctured lung. But if I wasn't at the 24TH thanks anyway to one and all. It don't matter what evac ya'll were at. We were glad you were there for us. My brother went thru also, one of the two. We both got great care and survived. Thanks to all of you whether you were at the 93rd or the 24th. THANKS AND GOD BLESS YA ONE AND ALL. Gary T. Jones. now a 100% disabled vet. My brother got his in 1970 and I was finally diagnosed for it in 2001. THANKS AGAIN.
- Monday, November 02, 2009 at 06:20:57 (EST)
Rance Jurevwicz <admin@veteranprograms.com>

FYI: This is a very informative website. Keep up the great work. Also, if any veteran is looking for inside secrets to benefits and compensation please visit http://www.veteranprograms.com/id1070.html. The website is the most comprehensive stop on the Internet. Veterans can learn everything they need to know about getting what they have earned. The website also lists VSOs who will help veterans.
- Friday, October 30, 2009 at 16:56:35 (EDT)
Marj Billker Graves <ashtin@netzero.net>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Kersey
Louisville, KY USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July, 1971 through May, 1972
Association: Nurse, Captain while I was there
I was a head nurse on the Orthopedic and Genitourinary wards. Also assigned with Dr. Jon Lloyd (connected with him today) to provide medical support for the Bob Hope and Sammy Davis Jr., shows. Would love to connect with others from the 24th. Also talked today with Dr. Marvin Wayne. Thank you for providing this site. Plans for a reunion???
- Monday, October 26, 2009 at 19:08:30 (EDT)
Jon C. Lloyd <jlloyd@gmail.com>
Pittsburgh, PA USA
Worked at Third Field Army Hospital, Saigon 1971-72, general surgeon. Had friends at 24th Evac and visited frequently. Can't find a website for Third Field. Just wanted to touch base with mostly fond memories. www.positivedeviance.org www.plexusinstitute.org
- Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 08:50:23 (EDT)
Peter Slota <petlin@charter.net>
Webster, MA USA
Association: Visited from 93rd
I was a surgical tech at the 93rd, across Long Binh. Have a few friends at the 24th from OR school in San Antonio. Remember visiting from time to time. You guys had the head and neck stuff, we seemed to get most everything else. I remember being in your OR and having a look see. I also remember someone had the Moody Blues 'To our Childrens, chidrens, children' that I heard for the first time one evening there. Now we're all getting older, and doing our best to hang in there. At least today's vets get it better from the people who have learned to separate the war from those of us who served. Peace my brothers and sisters...Peter
- Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 16:39:28 (EDT)
Ricardo Ruiz <ruizozzie@yahoo.com>
Whitsett, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Dec 1-6, 1969
Association: Patient
I was wounded on Dec 1, 1969 and was transported to the 24th evacuation hospital. Does anyone know where I can find my medical records? I have tried the national personal records already. I have burns on the right side of my body and the VA wants prof I was wounded because my dDD214 or other records I have does not state I was wounded. Does any one know what an A&;D form is? Please can anyone help me after so many years?
- Monday, October 12, 2009 at 21:52:55 (EDT)
Mark Eastwood <Eastmarkvet@aol.com>
Akron, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Feb. 1, 1968
Association: Patient
Wounded first night of Tet. I remember being taken directly for xray then a very short time later a doctor or nurse standing over me explaining the extent of my wounds. My chest began to feel heavy and I had some difficutly breathing easily and I told him to do what he had to do. Then I believe I passed out. Awoke the next day, my right leg had to be aputated almost at the hip. But doing fine today thanks to the care I received at the 24th. Thank you.
- Monday, October 05, 2009 at 18:25:08 (EDT)
Joe Patawaran <jpatawaran@atmc.net>
Sunset Beach, NC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1970-1971
Association: Registrar
Looking for two roomates at this time. Their names were Larry and George and they worked in the physical therapy section at the hospital in 1970-1971. Please email if you knew them or worked in their sections. Jpatawaran@atmc.net
- Saturday, October 03, 2009 at 18:57:18 (EDT)
Wayne Thompson <octofoil@bellsouth.net>
Lugoff, SC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Mar 1967 through Mar 1968
Association: Helicopter Crew
I was a helicopter crew chief with the 9th Infantry Division while in Vietnam. We cas evacuated many soldiers to the 24th Evacuation Hospital. The men and women who worked at the hospital were extremely professional. I hold you in very high regard. I am diagnosed with PTSD, and every day I relive my experience of wounded soldiers and bringing them to the hospital. Thank you so much for your service to your fellow soldiers and to this great nation. Wayne Thompson
- Friday, October 02, 2009 at 14:57:50 (EDT)
Marvin Wayne, MD <mawayne@hotmail.com>
Bellingham, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1971-1972
Association: Surgeon 1971
Recently completed a movie based on, and as a tribute to the 24th. Fiction, but based a lot on real incidents and people. It is the first American War Movie ever allowed to shoot in Vietnam. Movie has many great stars including Amy Acker, Danica Mckellar, Faye Dunaway, Tom Sizemore and many others. Heroes of the movie are the nurses. We will have the world premier of the movie in Chicago the week of Oct 26. Preview can be seen at http://universaltransmedia.com/21MOVIE.html. Free tickets to any Vietnam Veteran can be requested at wakeuptix@aol.com. Hope to hear from and see some of you at the premier in Chicago.
- Thursday, October 01, 2009 at 20:16:09 (EDT)
Andy Wilson <andy.wilson740@gmail.com>
Great Falls, VA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 24 May - 1 Jun 1969
Association: Patient
I stepped on a booby trap and was hit head to toe with shrapnel. I remember a red haired surgeon who gave me words of encouragement before they anesthetized me for the OR. I remember a female nurse who held my hand one difficult night. I always thought how compassionate - she must have had so many things to do. I think she was from Colorado - dark hair. And finally, Nurse 2LT Susan Schiller who wrote a letter to my parents that I dictated. I was in no condition to write. I have the letter in my hands now. I went on to Okinawa and over a year at Walter Reed. Thanks to all the great care, I am enjoying a very good life. God Bless all of you. Please write if this stirs any memories.
- Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 18:35:17 (EDT)
Tommy Wooten <tjwoot@insightbb.com>
Louisville, KY USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 04/29/1968 - 05/12/1968
Association: Patient
I want to thank the men and women who took great care of us at the 24th evac. I was with I trp 3rd sqd 11 acr. Was wounded 29 april 1968. Our acave took a rpg down the left side and exploded just below my left gun shield received tramatic injury to my left hand. Doctor there said worst hand injury he had seen not to have been blown off. Thanks to the quick response with dustoff and you guys a lot of us still have use of our limbs! Again a Heart felt thanks and God bless you ALL!
- Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 19:48:03 (EDT)
Nancy ( Van Slooten) Bergman <bergie@macatawa.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Van Slooten
Hamilton, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Aug 66 - Aug 67
Association: Nurse
Would love to hear from anyone. Was sent to PleiKU with Lorrie Fletcher and Nancy Betz when the 24th was ready when we arrived in country.
- Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 06:11:30 (EDT)
Stuart Ingle <stuieman@hotmail.com>
Fresno, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Oct 28 -Nov. 3 or 4 1970
Association: Patient
I was brought in with a tramatic partial amputation of the left thumb and also 3rd degree burns to the palm area from an M60(jammed live round explosion)about 2 to 3 pm. I was a perimeter guard attached to HQ 160 Signal Corp. Battalion from my parent unit Radio Co. 160 Sig.Bat. Camp Gary.I was in a bed across from a Special Forces Capt. who was in for an infection which required circumcision. Its possible that a nurse (Cathy Henderson Solomonson ?) in a picture from the 1993 DC Reunion was on the ward I was at and 1st or 2nd night I awoke to find a short pretty blondish nurse putting my hand back in the sling and shot of pain meds. This was on Ortho Ward 9 or 10. I was flown to Yakoda AFB Oct 3 or 4. If anyone remembers, post here and I will check back for info. Thxs all for bringing this kid back to mature into an old guy, even to the USAF in spite of the rubber food on the C-141.
- Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 21:10:13 (EDT)
Robert Philips <rp96rp@aol.com>
Corrales, NM USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: n/a
Association: Anita Mullen (Lt.) nurse
A few years ago I attempted to find Anita via the originator of this site with little success. The idea to try again prompted my search and the discovery of this listing service. Last I heard she may have gone back to her home state of Florida. It would be great to say hi again! Feel free to give her my email address if you can. Thanks...from a combat navy vet (66-67).
- Monday, September 07, 2009 at 20:56:46 (EDT)
Peter Watson <sewpjw@embarq.net>
Arcadia, FL USA
Association: 1Lt anc at 74th Field Hospital Oct 68-Oct 69
Please e-mail me if you ever worked at the 74th
- Thursday, September 03, 2009 at 11:17:15 (EDT)
SFC Carole Gittman <sfctb1@att.net>
New Castle, DE USA
Association: Patient - live & the WAC DET across the street ate at Mess Hall
Remember clearly the soldier without a face - saw him on the way to the MESS HALL one morning - has bothered me ever since, however, I met the nurse who took care of him, while in Freeport, IL at the showing of a PIECE OF MY HEART. That part of Vietnam I will never forget.
- Wednesday, September 02, 2009 at 22:30:35 (EDT)
Jeanne Giaimis <giaimis@rutgers.edu>
West Orange, NJ USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: n/a
Association: n/a
Hello, I'm writing a book the relates the experiences African-American women who were military or employed in other capacities had while serving in Vietnam. I would appreciate this message being passed along to anyone who you think might be able to assist me. Thank you,Jeanne Giaimis Cell: 201-675-6465
- Friday, August 21, 2009 at 06:17:49 (EDT)
Rick (Doc) Bennett <richard.w.bennett@nasa.gov>
Webster, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 18, 1971- April 1971
Association: Patient
Was medic with 3/22 25th Inf. Was wounded in a firefight near Xuan Loc and was flown to the 24th Evac. After they put me back together (vein graft and other odds and ends) I made it through. To say the Doc and Nurses were first rate is an understatement.
- Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 18:23:46 (EDT)
Larry Snell <lfsnell@verizon.net>
Harrisburg, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 1969 to September 1970
Association: Medical Corpsman (Ward 1 - PreOp and Recovery)
I was a member of the 50th Medical Co and was temporarily assigned to the 24th Evac for approximately 9 months. At the 24th I served as a Medical Corpsman on Ward 1 - Pre Op and Recovery.
- Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 11:08:18 (EDT)
John Hendrix <omh1949@yahoo.com>
Athens, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Dec 1968
Association: Patient
I am trying to recover my medical records from the time I was at the 24th evac hospital. Does anyone have any info as to who to contact? I have tried the National Personnel Records Center and my regional VA office but so far no records have been produced. I had a facial injury that required surgery. Also want to say THANKS to all who were there and cared for all of us. Does anyone know what the A&;D form is and where it might be? If so, please contact me.
- Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 20:32:50 (EDT)
Desmond E Grindstaff <DCANARY@AOL.COM>
Pembroke Pines, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 1969 to January 1970
Association: Lab Tech
I was with the 24th from march 1969 to Jan 1970.
- Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 19:26:44 (EDT)
Bill Winstanley <wrw@wrwinstanley.com>
Mt. Kisco, NY USA
Association: Helicopter Pilot
Trying to contact Lynn aka Linda Webb. CPT Webb was at the 24th June 1967 to about July 1968. She was originally from the Philadelphia area. After Vietnam she was stationed at Ft. Bragg. Please pass my contact information along. Regards,Bill Winstanley
- Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 20:08:15 (EDT)
Carole Bellacera <carole@bellacera.com>
Manassas, VA USA
Association: Writing a novel set there, Sept 1970-1971
Hi. I'm researching for a novel about a combat nurse at the 24th in 1970-71 and am interested in talking to a nurse who served there at any time during the war. It's important to me to do this book right so that it's worthy of the brave women and men who served there. I'm an Air Force veteran, having served at Scott Air Force Base and in Crete from 1971-1975. I'm a published novelist (six books) and I'm dedicated to writing the best book I can about these wonderful nurses. Please e-mail me if you're interested in being an expert advisor for me. Thanks!
- Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 18:52:26 (EDT)
Dave Cadwell <sixbandaid@yahoo.com>
West Cornwall, CT USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: October '71-April '72
Association: corpsman wards 2,3,&4
Who remembers the score of the first and last annual rice bowl? If you do, I would love to hear from you. I helped coach that team and worked in ICU.
- Monday, June 22, 2009 at 06:16:01 (EDT)
John Hendrix <omh1949@yahoo.com>
Athens, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: December 1968
Association: Patient
First Infantry Division, 2/33 Artillery at Lai Khe
- Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 06:11:58 (EDT)
Robert Braun <robmebbraun@yahoo.com>
Palos Hills , IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1970/1971
Association: ER & Surgical Tech
I am looking for a Corpsman from Palos Park Of Heights Illinois. His name is Ron Johnson. I last remember him working in CMS. He also was a Surgical Tech.
- Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 21:46:03 (EDT)
Brian Markle <brianmarkle@me.com>
Naples, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Dec 1966-Aug 1967
Association: My wife was a nurse at the 24th
My wife Jeanne Markle and I arrived in Vietnam 7 Dec 1966. She did odd jobs at the 93rd until the 24th opened. I was with the 58th Med Bn close by. We have lived in Naples since June 2005 as our daughter Paige (who was conceived in Quarters 4) and grandchildren live here. Jeanne passed away 26 May from a tough struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. If any one from the same hootch mate days see this notice please respond. I have already contacted Sue Dunn.
- Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 21:38:44 (EDT)
Daniel E McPeck <dmcpeck@q.com>
Ogden, UT USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: April 69 to November 69
Association: Medical Corpman, 74th ICU Ward
I was a replacement from 222ed Field at Fort Sam that was assigned to the 74th Field Hospital along with two others from the same unit at Fort Sam. The 74th went home and we became part of other units till they made us part of the 24th. We were still taking care of POW's when my two years was up. Signed out on Thanksgiving day 1969. I'm now retired from the VA Medical Center, Salt Lake. I was drafted at Troy, Ohio. Lots of memories.
- Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 20:32:50 (EDT)
Gene Counselman <skysoldier173@hotmail.com>
Saraland, AL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 67-Jun 67
Association: Patient
Had a month stay with ya'll for a head injury. Great people really thankful for each and every one of you. Thanks again and God bless. Airborne!Gene173d Abn Bde
- Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 06:16:03 (EDT)
Ed Surritt <esurritt@rexelusa.com>
Stockton, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: February 1-12, 1972
Association: Patient
Was with B co 1/7 Air Cav. Wounded Feb 1, 1972. Was treated very well. Remember the movies out in the open area.
- Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 22:22:00 (EDT)
Dale Reese <dereese@att.net>
Pearland, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 69-70
Association: X-Ray Tech
Remember most Dr. George Yang, and I was in love with Major Green, Head Nurse.
- Saturday, June 06, 2009 at 20:48:44 (EDT)
Dennis Schelinski <F60423@aol.com>
Chicago, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 1967
Association: Patient
Just want to say thanks to everyone. I was there when Robert Mitchum visited. He sat and talked with me. I was with the 15th combat Eng. 9th inf Div. Got hurt working outside of the 9th Div. Base camp. Evac'd to the 24th. Same time 5th armored cav arrived - they had been hit hard. I met a few great nurses who were caring and concerned. I fell in love with them all. Thanks again.
- Saturday, June 06, 2009 at 20:46:35 (EDT)
Carl Monfalcone <cdmonfalcone@comcast.net>
Mechanicsville, VA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov 1970-Nov 1971
Association: Pharmacy Technician
I worked in the Pharmacy with some great guys. Nurses and others always treated us with respect, which made the time there bearable. I also did some bartending in the Officer's Club in 1971. It was a great place to serve our country during a war that we really didn't understand and no one supported back home.
- Friday, May 29, 2009 at 13:55:09 (EDT)
Fred Quaile <fbq@acsalaska.net>
Fairbanks, AK USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1967
Association: Patient
Spent a few days as a patient at the 24th Evac. Was a medic at the 61st Medical Detachment in Long Binh 66-67 and frequently delivered injured soldiers and Vietnamese to the 24th usually during the wee hours of the night. Highway accidents. Lt. Judith Horner RN was my care nurse during my short stay. Where are you Judy? We were in the fifth grade together in Marathon Central School where your mom taught one of my sisters in a lower grade. Touch base if you'd like. http://www.goldstreamfarm.blogspot.com
- Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 21:09:07 (EDT)
Charles Chapman <dcmaxx@gmail.com>
Washington, DC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov 68-Dec 69
Association: X Ray Tech Sp/5
Does anyone remember the name of the Warrant Officer in charge of the mess hall during 68-69? I would like to respond to an inquiry from a writer doing a piece on Army chow. We had a first class mess hall, and I would like to give this gentleman a much deserved thanks.
- Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 06:15:22 (EDT)
Lewis Hargrave <194849@live.com>
Lexington, NC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Last of Dec - Jan 1968 -1969
Association: Had a buddy there called Snow Flake (he could not tan)
I always called him Snow Flake and he called me Farmer and I never knew his real name. Please get that information if you can and send it to me. I am glad that I found this site and keep up the good work. Thank You.
- Monday, May 18, 2009 at 22:10:07 (EDT)
SSG Bill Brigham <coachbillb2@yahoo.com>
Milton, VT USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: April 68 - April 69
Association: OR Tech at the 24th Evac
Some names may have faded over time, but the deeds remain vivid. Dr. Baldwin, I read your "Thankgiving Day 1968" and remember that case well. It was an honor to have served with you. God Bless you all!
- Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 12:19:44 (EDT)
Clayton Matthew Peterson <vet1969@comcast.net>
Montesano, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: April 29,1969- May 20,1969
Association: patient, wounded on April 29th,1969, Spent about 3 weeks there.
I was asked to speak at the 1993 reunion by Dr Barrett, from a patient's point of view. He also asked my wife to sing one of her songs. We had met online when I was attempting to contact those who had worked so hard to save me. It was a real blessing to be able to stand there and thank them. I am currently searching for the medic in my Company who pulled me from the dead bodies and Trach'd me. It will be 40 years this April 29th that I was pronounced dead after my 3rd Firefight. The personnel of the 24th and other medical people not only saved me but my 6 chileren and 6 grandkids who came later, the gift of life that keeps on giving. Nice website you have. Keep up the good work, Hope you will visit my website. My talented wife made it. It's at homestead.com/milliontooneandlived/million1.html Thanks for being there. Clayton M. Peterson
- Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 06:49:33 (EDT)
Joe Melanson <crownroyal@email.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan-Mar 1971
Association: 91P20 x-ray
I came down from the 45th Surg in Tay Ninh to the 12th Evac in Cu Chi and then spent the last 3 months of my tour @ the 24th. Had to stay in the POW hooches till some regular hooches opened up. Long Binh was great - Hot showers & huge PX!!! After Tay Ninh the 24th was a very unique experience. Great medical people however. Lot of good work was done there. Proud to have been a part of it.
- Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 20:42:24 (EDT)
Donna-Marie Boulay <dmgustav@gmail.com>
Roseville, MN USA
Association: married Alan F. Mahler, M.D. who served at the 24th in 1967-1968 and who met me while I was stationed at the 36th in Vung Tau
Alan'ss hooch mate at the 24th was John Tierney, M.D. from Wisconsin who died in 2008.
- Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 21:37:28 (EDT)
Jack "Jackie" Hawpe <jackhawpe@bellsouth.net>
Lebanon, TN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Feb 1970-Nov 1971
Association: Medic, on the Medical Ward
I worked on the medical ward. I would draw blood for the lab about 5 a.m. In Sept. or Oct. 1971 I had swelling in hands. They could not find the reason for it. They medevac me to Japan. I had a nurse that gave my meds to me. She was 1st LT. She was short had short brown hair, very pretty. She may remember me because I gave her hug - pop her on the butt. Hope she sees this and calls me 615-453-8642.
- Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 21:15:51 (EDT)
Lawrence (Larry) Chester <chesterdulee@yahoo.com>
Caledonia, WI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan. 66-Jun.67
Association: Hospital corpman on Post-op2
I was with the 24th when we went to Viet Nam and built it and then operated it. It took 5 months to build the hospital. I have just been putting all of my pictures into a disk and that is how I happened to search the web for anything about the 24th. That is how I found this site.
- Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 19:38:25 (EDT)
Kimberly Martin <kimm613@mac.com>
Tabernacle, NJ USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1966 - 1967
Association: Dad was a Lab Tech
Hi! My name is Kimberly Martin. My Dad was at the 24th in 66-67. I had signed the guestbook back in November of 2007 and keep meaning to borrow my Mom's photo albums because my Dad had a bunch of pictures (and even more slides) from the 24th. Eventually I'll get to it!! Anyway, I found him in one of Bill O'Dell's pictures! In the top row, the third from the left, there are five guys standing. My Dad is the 4th from the left (with his hands on his hips). His name was Arnold (Arnie) Martin and he was a lab tech. He died of cancer in 1994, so seeing a picture of him that I never saw before is so wonderful! Thanks Bill for finding that one for me!
- Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 20:24:15 (EST)
Randy Varner <Chris.Amy.Kaufman@Verizon.Net>
Mechanicsburg, PA USA
Association: Was at 36th Evac Hospital in Vung Tau from July 1967 to November 1968.
Could you please add my Dad to your contact list? He was a nurse medic at the 36th Evac hospital in Vung Tau from July 1967 to November 1968. He worked on Ward 6 and has been traveling throughout Vietnam over the last several years. He will return in April 2009. He has extensive and current knowledge of Vung Tau and would like to hear from others who might be interested in corresponding with him or may be planning a return trip. Also, does anyone know the address of the Villa used by the doctors and nurses? My Dad's contact info is: Randy Varner 911 E. Coover Street Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 717-697-3246 He is hoping to hear from anyone that may recognize his name. Thank you! -amy
- Friday, February 20, 2009 at 17:02:05 (EST)
John C. Gibson Jr
Chesterfield, SC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 1968-Nov 1969
Association: Corpman
I worked on the MaxilloFacial ward for 14 months, and would like to hear from someone that was there at the same time I was. My home phone is 843-623-2582. My work phone is 843-335-5926. Please call anytime at work or home (McBee, SC). Looking to hear from someone. Thanks. John Gibson, Retired National Guard.
- Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 21:22:22 (EST)
Tom Holland <trh319@verizon.net>
Philadelphia, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 11/15/1970 - 11/15/1971
Association: 91D20 Operating Room Technician
Today is a dubious "anniversary" of mine. On Monday February 9, 1970 I took a trip down to my local draft board - it was the day I was selected to be drafted into the U.S. Army. My number came up in the first draft lottery: DOB 06/21/50, and June 21 was number 60. I checked the numbers later and found that If I'd been borm around 4 hours earlier on 06/20, my number would have been 360!!! My Mom (gone now) and Dad (in a nursing home) came with me and I remember Mom bursting into tears when it was time for me to go. Thirty-nine years have gone by but it seems like a century now.... Doing OK still working for Verizon Communications. In reasonably good health. Remember Me? Send me an email.
- Monday, February 09, 2009 at 20:28:17 (EST)
Dennis Roberts <dcr1031@msn.com>
Dennisport, MA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: September 21-Oct. 27, 1969
Association: patient from c/co/3-506th 101st airbourne Div
I vividly remember Cindy and Scarborough. I was directly across from the nurses station on a strikerframe and flipped every 2 hours. I also remember a korean therapist who told me I would walk again. I believe the Doctor that operated on me was a tall chinese man, Doctor Chang?
- Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 17:45:26 (EST)
Tony Anderson <webmaster@discostu.routesys.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: dec 69 - dec 70
Association: 522nd Med Det (Veterinary HQ) attached for rations
Buddy sent here to be treated for kidney stones
- Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 11:15:19 (EST)
Saré Deome <sdeome@comcast.net>
Saint Augustine, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Apr. 70-71
Association: head nurse of wards 3&4
I guess I should add my name to the loop, as I was head nurse of wards 3&;4 from Apr. 70-71. Martha Mooney Colvin worked on my ward, a most wonderful caring nurse and a good friend of James Treathway. I kept up w/ Nancy Roberts Saenz(sp?) for a short while after Vietnam but have since lost touch,she also was a nurse on wards 3&;4. I wish I hadn't lost touch! Ward 3 & 4 were immediate post-op surgical wards...of which I barely remember anything about my experience there! I couldn't even remember where the mess hall was and just recently after seeing a picture, realized it was right next to my ward! Needless to say I have PTSD, and only in the last few years have even looked at anything to do w/ Nam...yes, it was avoidance! Anyway, My name is Saré Deome, and that was my name then,too as my husband and I went to Nam together, although he was MACV,so I got to see him only a few times each month, usually. We are still married,41 years...only because we both have PTSD and can understand each others quirks, and needs! We reside in a new house in Saint Augustine ,FL. 195 Pine Arbor Circle,St. Augustine,FL 32084. Home phone is 904-460-2795. Email:sdeome@deome.net I guess I'm ready to hear from anyone from the 24th...hard to believe that I'm writing this, as I said, I've avoided everything to do with Nam...I just paint in all mediums the beauty around me,create beauty in jewelry as well, and quilt to occupy my time...plus, we are members of a wonderful church here, all of these things make it all bearable! I would like to hear about any up-coming reunions as well. Thanks, Saré
- Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 11:24:42 (EST)
Dennis M. McDonnell <Mac-19@verizon.net>
San Diego, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1967
Association: Medic ---post-Op and then E.R.
I was very impressed with the caring and the professionalism of the Nurses and the Physicians. And, given the circumstances, the care provided to those who came as patients. I appreciated how there was very little negativity expressed but the focus was more on rendering aid and providing healing and comfort. Those months there and the people at the 24th Evac have a special place in my memories and heart.
- Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 11:17:30 (EST)
Jon C. Walters <johnnyowrench@hotmail.com>
Burnet, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Dec 1967 - Jan 1968
Association: Patient
Of course I wonder what happened to all of you. Reading your comments brings tears to my eyes. Only someone who was there can understand, or I am just getting old. The nurses were the first sympathic ears some of us came in contact with and I know they put up with alot of stuff. God bless you one and all.
- Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 10:29:28 (EST)
Philip Gilligan <pegilligan@gmail.com>
Larose, LA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan 13-22, 1968
Association: Patient
Hello, I am Philip E. Gilligan, US Army, MP B Company, 720th MP Bat Long Binh, (M-14) Gunshot wound to the abdomen, January 13, 1968 about 8:55 AM, transported to 24th Evac by jeep from the Dong Nai River Bridge site. Going over old letters we have found there is mention of a Dr Beazley. Does that sound familiar?? About 22 January 1968 I was sent to Camp Zama Japan Just trying to put a lot of old pieces together. Thanks Phil Gilligan 274 Sandras Street Larose, Louisiana 70373
- Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 20:52:10 (EST)
James A ( Tony ) Brown <jab48@bellsouth.net>
Woodstock, GA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: August 1-6, 1969
Association: Patient
I was with the 9th Infantry Division when I was wounded on August 1, 1969. I had fragment wounds from the top of my head to the tip of my toes on the entire left side of my body. Thank goodness, I ended up in the hands of the great staff of th 24th Evac Hospital. My memories of my time there are very vivid. I just wish I could remember the names of those who took such good care of me. Since I can't, I want to thank all who served at the 24th for the outstanding care that I received.
- Friday, December 05, 2008 at 07:54:39 (EST)
Frank Becker <statglucose@yahoo.com>
Forest Park, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Feb 70 - Dec 70
Association: Lab Technician
What an experience that was! Did lots of Malaria smears; got lots of positives. I remember: Eric Scantleberry, Rich Kellog, Terri Mahoney, "D.C", Santos Garcia II, Spike Spencer, 2 unnamed sergents, and "Yao", our housekeeper. Also many unnamed nurses some of whose faces I might remember.
- Sunday, November 23, 2008 at 21:02:02 (EST)
Nancy K. Payne <NursePerson@aol.com>
Santa Fe, NM USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 1971 to March 1972
Association: Nurse; wards 5&6 - neuro
Looking for Barry Bullock - not sure what he did at the 24th Evac (Maybe personnel, registrars office?) Please contact me at my email address with any info - thank you.
- Friday, November 21, 2008 at 08:51:01 (EST)
Doug Flanders <evac@discostu.routesys.com>
Sigourney, IA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: aug 1971 to apr 1972
Association: ambulance driver from 169th engineer batt.
Fulton, Garcia and Bulmash; you still out there? oh, and tracey too.
- Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 20:43:19 (EST)
Terry <webmaster@discostu.routesys.com>

If you are reading this, I'm glad you made it back ok. And if you're like me, you are thinking today (November 11th) of the ones that didn't.
- Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 20:40:28 (EST)
Frank Nimtz <FrankNimtz9999@yahoo.com>
Long Beach, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept 1967-Sept 1968
Association: Combat Medic 91B
At first I worked in Neuro-Surgical ward, which was above my rank. After 3 months I was moved to the Surgical Ward to assist the doctors with post surgical treatment. I was there when Tet hit and we were swamped with wounded, but because we had such great people, we were able to help all patients who arrived. We had almost 12,000 admissions to the hospital in 1968, wow sooo many! I left for home in Sept of 1968. (WILL SEND PICS LATER) THANK YOU
- Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 20:37:40 (EST)
Antonio Zamora <antonio_zamora@verizon.net>
Bethesda, MD USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1962-65
Association: Lab Technician
I found the web site about the 24th Evacuation Hospital. I was assigned to the 24th Evac Hospital when I was in the Army. I have a web page with some photos that I took at the time, and I added a link to your site: http://www.scientificpsychic.com/etc/army/24th_Evacuation_Hospital.html
- Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 20:28:32 (EST)
Jim Hill <jrdhill@peoplepc.com>
Salinas, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 03/1968 - 10/1969
Association: Stationed there - 91D20 - Surgical Tech
I was Sp6 in charge of Central Sterile for 1 tour -and - Surgical Scrub Tech. for 1 tour.
- Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 21:10:56 (EDT)
David Bannick <dbannick@oh.rr.com>
Avon Lake, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 4/67 thru 7/68
Association: 222nd Personal Service Company
Great site. Brings back lots of memories, some good, some bad. Made great friends. Thought we were all dead during the Tet Offensive. My fried Paul Bernetski volunteered both of us for guard duty during the offensive....he was nuts.
- Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 06:11:46 (EDT)
Michael E Bongart <mbongart@sbcglobal.net>
USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Oct 1968
Association: Patient
Dear Ed, For a couple of years now I ve been trying to contact someone at the 24th Evac to thank them for taking care of me back in October 1968. Anyway, this is my story: On 4 Oct 68 I was flying as aircraft commander a UH-1H (slick) with the 195th AHC located at Long Bien. We were flying for the 9th Infantry Div. down in the Mekong delta that day. While flying a load of troops into a hot LZ my chopper was shot down. I was able to land it in the middle of the LZ in an upright manner. The troops and my crew got out. As we were making our way along a rice patty dike, I received a fragmentation wound to the right occipital which caused me to loose consciousness. My crew members thought I was dead. However, a medic (SP4 Duane Garver) happened to be nearby and came to my rescue, pulled me up out of the water and gave me mouth-to-mouth to revive me. He then was able to stop the profuse bleeding that was caused by my traverse sinus being severed. Duane was able to drag me to a collection point for the wounded. A medivac chopper came in, picked us up and flew us to a medivac unit at Dong Tam. Because of the nature of my wound, I was then transported by helicopter to your 24th Evac where neurosurgery was performed by a Dr. Brown. I spent about 12 days at the 24th before being evacuated to Japan, then on to Walter Reed. My recollections of my experience at the 24th still remain fresh today as I was very moved by the care, support and love I received from y all. And so, that is the purpose of my email: Just to say THANK YOU, 24th EVAC. You people are great and will always be remembered by me. Take care, and Godspeed, Mike
- Saturday, August 09, 2008 at 20:22:45 (EDT)
James L. Woodfin Jr <jlwoodfin@gmail.com>
VA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 11/1- 12/20, 1969
Association: Patient
Does anyone remember me, a member of the 92nd Engineers?
- Friday, August 08, 2008 at 13:40:47 (EDT)
John Coburn <usarvn@gmail.com>
Henniker, NH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept 71 - June 72
Association: Medic on wards 2, 3, and 4
Finally touching base. Would enjoy contacts from anyone at the hospital. Would like to be included on any future reunion info.
- Friday, August 08, 2008 at 09:34:23 (EDT)
Bob Erickson <rosenbob11@hotmail.com>
Bloomington, MN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov 1968 to Nov 1969
Association: Medical Corpsman Wards 9 and 10
I worked on the orthopedic wards 9 &10; my whole tour, occasionally being sent to neuro to help out. We had such great people working there: Captain Deanna Ellis, Lieutenants Jan Mueller, Colleen OKeefe, Susan Schiller, Chris Addison, Corpsman Danny Mahoney, Ed Fortmiller, Long and Peterson, Doctors: Morissey, Pawsett and Hunter. Nurse's Aide "Paula" Hoang. Room mates in the hooch were Ray Tracy and Jerry Coburn. Best friend Jerry Kelly from Ohio. I have had no contact with anyone of them since leaving Vietnam. It has been great to find this site and see familiar faces and views of the hospital. I was saddened to learn of the death of Ed Fortmiller. He was my mentor during my first confusing months. We shared some good and bad times. After the service, I worked as medical aide and then for the VA as Benefits Counselor until 2002. I love and miss all of you: the best of the best!
- Tuesday, August 05, 2008 at 21:36:54 (EDT)
Desmond E Grindstaff <DCANARY@aol.com>
Pembroke Pines, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969-Jan 1970
Association: Lab Tech
I was a Lab Tech at the 24th in 1969, and left in January 1970. I am now in Pembroke Pines, FL.
- Sunday, August 03, 2008 at 17:07:49 (EDT)
Dennis Roberts <dcr1031@msn.com>
Pembroke, MA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: September 22 thru October 5th, 1969
Association: Patient
I had back surgery due to a broken back, placed on a striker frame in intensive care. I was paralyzed from the waist down and my bed was directly across from the nurses station. The care and compassion was incredible! I regained the use of my legs after a fusion and a long recovery. Over the years I always wanted to say thank you to all the nurses and Doctors on ward 5...THANK YOU.
- Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 06:11:16 (EDT)
Jon S Richards <medevac22@msn.com>
Miami Beach, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jun 1969 - Jun 1970
Association: Medevac Helicopter Pilot
I was a Medevac helicopter pilot with the 1st Cav Division in Phouc Vinh. Dropped a lot of people off at your location.
- Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 21:02:42 (EDT)
Marvin Wayne <mawayne2@gmail.com>
Bellingham, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 1971-June 1972
Association: Surgeon and medical officer
Under the guidance of Charlie Middleton and many others I actually learned so very much about giving great trauma care. Today I practice emergency medicine, and trauma care. Currently working on a movie (not a documentary) based on the 24th and centered on the search for a child, who is the product of an American surgeon and Vietnamese women, by a rebellious nurse after the Surgeon's death. The nurse "ratchet" of the movie will be played by Fay Dunaway, and the hero nurse by Amy Acker. The heroes of this movie will be nurses, and in May we were the first film team to be permitted to shoot war movie segments, for our move, in Vietnam. Anyone interested in learning more, can email me.
- Tuesday, July 08, 2008 at 06:29:44 (EDT)
Bob Barndt <rbarndt@zitomedia.net>
USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan 3-16,1971
Association: Patient
I was your guest for about two weeks recuperating from a skull fracture and concussion. My everlasting thanks to you folks for the wonderful care received. I met a very lucky person there. He had a vertical incision about 3/4" in length right between his eyes with just one stitch in it. When I asked him what happened, he replied that he had been shot by a V.C. with an AK-47. I didn't believe him of course until he showed me the x-ray with the bullet stopping just short of the brain stem. The shot was only from about 6' in elephant grass. The round was a "squib" round with only enough velocity to exit the barrel. It knocked him down and when he realized he was still alive he shot the person that had shot him. We all know how reliable an AK-47 is, but this one time the bad round was the top one in the magazine, was too weak to cycle the action, jammed the gun, and cost the bad guy his life. The doctor gave him the x-ray to show others that this was truly what had happened and to tell the truth, I didn't believe him till I saw the x-ray myself. I thought I had seen it all in Vietnam but this is the weirdest I've ever seen. This is a true story folks, and it's about time I shared it with all. Makes me a believer in a higher power. Best wishes to all, Robert C. Barndt 205th AVN. Co. ASHC Phu Loi, RVN 70-71
- Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 14:39:39 (EDT)
Fred Evors <evnet@comcast.net>
Philadelphia, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1965-66 and 1969-70
Association: Patient, Helicopter Gun Pilot
I was wounded in 1969 and treated at the 24th. I was also a Gunship pilot and flew cover on medivacs. We were allowed to utilize the O Club.
- Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 03:44:23 (EDT)
David R Morris <gi_dave52@msn.com>
New Castle, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1970-1971
I was with the 25th Inf Div 70/71. My rear was Long Bien but do not know what Evac I would have been sent to. The second time was Qui Nhon and I think that was 67th Evac. All I remember is the hospital was at the end of the air strip. I always thought that was an odd place for an air strip. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Dave
- Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 20:32:34 (EDT)
David L. Bedard <dbedard@bellsouth.net>
Benton, LA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 31 October - 3 November, 1969
Association: Patient
I was in the hospital for 4 days with some type of viral disease. I was medivaced there from Quan Loi. I have written a book about my Vietnam experiences, "I Remember Quan Loi". In the book, I wrote about being in the hospital and included several letters that I wrote home during my hospital stay. I will never forget walking into that air conditioned ward, taking a hot shower, and getting into the bed with those wonderful clean sheets. Thank you, doctors and nurses, for making me well. God bless you all.
- Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 20:29:17 (EDT)
Rob Hewitt <stormyranye89@aol.com>
Russiaville, IN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1967
Association: relative of SP5 Dallas E. Smith.
I am seeking anyone who knew my uncle, sp5 Dallas E Smith. I would like to hear from anyone that knew him at that time.
- Friday, May 30, 2008 at 08:45:30 (EDT)
Rance Jurevwicz, Capt., USA, Ret <info@veteranprograms.com>
Highland, CA USA
THANK YOU VETERANS! Just a note to say thanks to all of the veterans who protect our way of life. Your dedication, loyalty, and commitment to our country is greatly appreciated. We will always honor you. In doing so, please visit our web site to learn about the benefits you earned and are eligible for today. Also, discover how to increase your pension or service-connected compensation today. Again, thank you for your service.
- Monday, May 26, 2008 at 11:36:06 (EDT)
Janice Stewart <janice.stewart@jeffersonhospital.org>
Philadelphia, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov. 1970 to March 1971
Association: Nurse
I was stationed at the 24th Evac, after the 12th Evac in CuChi was closed.
- Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 14:11:21 (EDT)
Roger Sebring <rkseb708@aol.com>
Clinton Twp., MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Oct 71 - Jan 72
Association: Sugical Technician
In looking at the members of the 24th list I noticed my name was not listed there. I was stationed at the 24th evac Hospital from Oct of 1971 until January of 1972. Even though I wasn't there long I do have memories of the place. I served as a surgical technician. My Sgt's name was Jerry Papin. If you could add my name to the members list I would appreciate it.
- Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 06:13:26 (EDT)
Rance Jurevwicz, Capt.,USA, Ret <veteranprograms@aol.com>
Highland, CA USA
GREAT WEB SITE! We have added a link to our monthly newsletter so that more veterans can be made aware of this tremendous resource. Also, please visit our web site to learn about hidden government benefits you are eligible for and how to significantly increase your service-connected compensation or VA pension.
- Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 08:54:19 (EDT)
Cynthia L.(Cindy) Baker <cbmg78@comcast.net>
Arnold, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 8/70 to 12/71
Association: Lived at the WAC detachment down the street and worked USAV HQ on the hill
Our mess hall was at the 24th Evac; any medical attention was also at the 24th.
- Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 08:17:41 (EDT)
Larry Chaney <srguapo2@yahoo.com>
Dixon, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: October 1968 -September 1969
Association: Medic - ER, Ward 4-Ward 8
As a nineteen year old, I had some pretty strange and great experiences in Long Binh. I remember vividly some of our exploits out at the day room. The guys I met there are always somewhere in the back of my mind.
- Monday, April 21, 2008 at 20:54:04 (EDT)
Jim Barker <jbrx2794@neo.rr.com>
Stow, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 69 - May 70
Association: Pharmacy
Spring is just around the corner, and I thought about the wonderful weather we had in Vietnam. Pathetic as it is, that is all I remember now, not names, not places, not good times, not bad times.. Anybody out there want to refresh my memory? jb
- Friday, April 04, 2008 at 15:20:43 (EST)
James Donahue <SFANSO@hotmail.com>
Lakewood Ranch, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 18 - 30, 1967
Association: Patient
On July 18, 1967 I was a Staff Sergeant assigned to Mobile Guerilla Force Detachment A-303, 5th SFGA, and was shot in the left temple during a battle that took place north of Quan Loi. That evening I was medevaced to the 24th where I underwent surgery and spent about two weeks on the head wound ward. The 24th was a world class hospital -- the best there ever was.
- Friday, April 04, 2008 at 15:12:15 (EST)
Steve Diaz <mystirosemb@att.net>
Farmington Hills, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan 71 - Dec 71
Association: bagging and tagging working with A&D, Registrar, Morgue
Looking for old family and friends. Served with Joe Patawna, Gene Draubner, Barry Bullock, Noel Stallions, LT Steve Peterson.
- Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 06:16:30 (EST)
Jim Keefover <James.Keefover@va.gov>
Oklahoma City, OK USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: APRIL 1968 to JULY 1969
Association: MEDICAL SUPPLY
I worked in Medical Supply for Cpt Rosenberg. The NCOIC was SSG Correa, LLoyd Brown, Robert Max. Charlie Brewer was a clerk and I met Captain Roberts in Germany a few years later (he was the medical supply officer prior to my arrival) There was a nice Vietnamese girl named Suzie that was in stock control. We worked too hard to meet a lot of Docs and Nurses. Later in 71-72 I served with the 11th Armored Cav and came back as a patient at the 24th.
- Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 16:53:40 (EST)
Cindy Young <csueyoungster@gmail.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Mason
McAllen, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March of 1969-1970
Association: nurse in Neurosurg unit - Wards 5 & 6
Married my Infantry CPT 37 years ago, and we went back to visit VN in 2002, 2003, then spent a year and a half teaching English at Hue University. The country and the people are wonderful, if still at poverty level in rural areas. We go back at least once a year, are positively hooked! If anyone is interested in our return experience in Viet Nam, or is considering going for a visit, I highly recommend it, and would love to talk with you about it. Email me and we'll get on the phone. Doug blogged our whole time there (and continues), so you can read of our living there. I haven't visited the website in years.... xoxo - Cindy Mason Young
- Sunday, March 23, 2008 at 08:46:33 (EST)
Antonio Zamora <webmaster@discostu.routesys.com>
Bethesda, MD USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1962 to 1965
Association: Lab Technician
I was assigned to the 24th Evacuation Hospital after basic training at Fort Polk. While stationed at Fort Sam Houston, I attended the Medical Field Service School to study hematology, urinalysis, parasitology, and blood chemistry. I worked in the laboratory at Brooke Army Medical Center drawing blood, staining blood slides, doing complete blood counts (CBC) and blood morphology, and also routine urinalysis.
- Monday, March 10, 2008 at 21:05:51 (EST)
Lawrence Robinson <threemiraclebabys@yahoo.com>
Belpre, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1968
Association: Patient
Would like to receive information about 24th medivac mortar or rocket attack, in the year of 1968 or 1969; requesting information for VA claim.
- Wednesday, December 05, 2007 at 18:54:02 (EST)
Mike Heinig
Walnut Creek, CA USA
Association: next door at 327 signal company
I was across the street at the 327th signal company and used to watch the Hueys come in every day. We ran the microwave radio station at Long Binh. There were two 200 foot towers with lots of microwave antennas and nice big red lights that the VC could use for locating the base at night.
- Wednesday, December 05, 2007 at 18:51:37 (EST)
George Terminesi <gterminesi@gmail.com>
Cranston, RI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: December 1968 - December 1969
Association: Medic Wards 5-6
This is a change of email address from my original entry. I check in every so often even though almost everything from back then is a blur. Hope everyone is still around and healthy.
- Monday, December 03, 2007 at 19:42:41 (EST)
Sgt. Tony de Rosa <webmaster@discostu.routesys.com>
Floral Park, NY USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 06/67-06/68
Association: Motor Sgt
I ran the motor pool, heliport laundry etc.
- Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 06:29:39 (EST)
Jennifer Sinclair <jennifer@marshallcf.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: July 1969
Association: My uncle served near the 24th Evac
My uncle, John Currie Hansen, was shot and killed by sniper fire at Long Binh in July of 1969. His body, fortunately, was recovered. Would he have been taken, even KIA, to the 24th or somewhere else? I'm trying to help my mother reconstruct events, now that she's finally ready. Thank you! And God bless.
- Monday, November 26, 2007 at 18:56:27 (EST)
Kimberly Martin <kimm613@mac.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: June 1966 - March 1967
My Dad, Arnold Martin, was in the 24th from March 1966 in Fort Sam Houston, TX, transferring to Vietnam in June, 1966, and coming back home in March, 1967. I'm speaking for him because he died in 1994 from cancer. Being able to contact people that might have known him is very, very special to me. He didn't speak of his time there much at all, but the few times he did were extremely emotional, so much so that he was unable to continue speaking. Thank you for hosting this website. It means SO MUCH to someone like me, and I'm sure it means even more to those who can get in contact with people they knew while they were there... Thanks again and Happy Holidays!!! Sincerely, Kimberly Martin
- Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 18:32:32 (EST)
Mel Libby <namvet6768@peoplepc.com>
Durand, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept 67 - Nov 68
Association: Corpsman Ward 5-6
Happy Thanksgiving to all
- Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 09:07:17 (EST)
Jerry Newton <jerry@newtons-r.us>
Grand Prairie, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jun 70 - Jan 71
Association: Driver for Col. Cochrane
I was assigned to the 24th from the 16th Medical Detachment, a dispensary on Long Binh that serviced USARV HQ. Like so many others I don't remember many names (Sweet Pea and Col. Cochrane) to be exact, but I do remember that one of the guys at HQ was really into trains, and the mailroom clerk (Andy, I think, which may be short for Andrews) was a good friend at the time. I've read the guestbook and seen lots of names from the time period that I was there, but can't put a face to any of them. I try to recall the good times we all shared, but they are too frequently replaced with the images of the wounded guys in the wards. It would be great to hear from anyone that remembers me.
- Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 20:09:29 (EST)
Larry G. Johnson <john7476@bellsouth.net>
Hopkins, SC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969-1970
Association: I was stationed at Long Binh in with the 624th Service and Supply Co.
I served in Long Binh Vietnam during the tet counteroffense with the 624th service and supply company, which was next door to the 24th Evac Hospital. I served from 1969 to 1970, during the same time that Spec.4 Fred Bradley (Harker) did. The names of some of the other guys are: Cook,Paul,Hollis,Proctor,and Sgt.James Griffen,which was living in my home town,Columbia,SC (Hopkins ,SC).I also remember SGT E6 OR E7,Fusha, and another Sgt.that owned a restaurant somewhere in Saigon by the name of Soul Kitchen. I worked in supply at first, and later maintained and operated the company shower. I was in the hooch with guys in transportation,and road shotgun daily. I would love to hear from Fred Bradley who lives in Montrose,WV, but there is no email address or phone number. I have a claim filed with the VA, and I would like very much to hear from anyone of you that was at the 624th S&;S Co, or the 24th Evac Hospital from 1969-1970. Please E-mail me at john7476@bellsouth.net,or call me collect at (803)783-3323. Thank you very much. Spec 4 Larry Johnson.
- Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 19:41:33 (EDT)
Ken Bopp <amandabiker@cox.net>
Destrehan, LA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Aug 67 - Feb 68
Association: Anesthetist
Had a great motorcycle trip this past week riding from Louisiana to Illinois for my 50th High School Reunion. On the way I stopped to visit with Bill Kirk, another anesthetist with the 24th. Great visit. Bill is retired as associate director of the anesthesia school at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo. where he spent most of his years after returning from Nam. Every year he would present a slide show of his time in Nam to the students at the school. This year I arrived at the right time and he asked me to accompany him to the presentation. As usual there were some tears on our part and I have to say the students were very attentive. Bill lives in Republic, Mo. just outside Springfield. He is doing well and is still the same quiet person I knew then. I only wish I could see my way clear to meeting with and talking with many of the others I served with. Anyway, hello to all those I served with and I hope we have another reunion soon.
- Sunday, October 14, 2007 at 19:04:11 (EDT)
David R Morris <drmorris52@verizon.net>
New Castle, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 12/70
Association: Patient
I was wounded 12/70. I wanted to thank the 24th Evac for my great care.
- Friday, October 05, 2007 at 17:08:14 (EDT)
Judy Ford <ford1945@verizon.net>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Curry
Zephyrhills, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1967-Feb. 1968
Association: Emergency Room Nurse
Hello to all of you. I am writing to list my new email address. Would love to hear from anyone with whom I served. I worked ER, mostly evening/night shift. I remember Drs Cooper, Patrick, Mengali, Averbach from that time frame, also fellow nurses Penny Booth, Carolyn Tanaka, Ann Cunningham, Darlene Wolfe. (Am still in contact with Carolyn & Darlene.) It was a very tough year for all of us, but probably the year of nursing that I can look back on with the most pride....we really did make a difference to the wounded who came into our care. Am now retired & enjoying the Florida life. God Bless!
- Monday, September 10, 2007 at 21:08:44 (EDT)
Allan Wolff <apw40@yahoo.com>
Chicago, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 8/66-5/67
Association: general medical officer
It was great to hear from bill O'Dell. He, Sgt Vaughn and the men in the hospital lab-blood bank worked 24/7 behind the scenes saving lives with their unheralded work. Capt James Cooper, the lead surgeon at the 24th during those first days of our hospital lives in St. Louis which is very near Bill's home. I am still working full time in Chicago doing office practice ENT. Bill, if your travels get in this direction, please give a call to 847-729-9122. Without your hard work, our mission would have not been possible. I am so pleased that you are healthy and hope the years have been good to you. With deepest respect...Allan Wolff MD
- Monday, September 10, 2007 at 06:43:12 (EDT)
Carl (Bill) O'Dell <4odell@gmail.com>
St Robert, MO USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 1966-May 1967
Association: Medical Lab Tech
I arrived in July 66 and helped to build the hospital and the hooches. I can remember living in a tent and having the monsoons almost wash us away. Many a night staying awake to make sure Charlie didn't get us. I worked in the lab with a SSG Vaughn I think and several other good men. We used to trade some medical things for steaks and such to have a good meal. I helped carry the first patient off of a dustoff in January 1967 when it landed. I was a SP/5 at that time. Does anyone know SSG Vaughn? If so tell him to get ahold of me. If anyone else remembers me please contact me at the above e-mail. I was also on the crew that escorted the 12th Evac from the airport to their first station when they arrived in Country at Chu Chie I think. I am currently retired and travel the country with my wife in a motorhome.
- Sunday, September 09, 2007 at 16:30:03 (EDT)
Jim Barker <jbrx2794@neo.rr.com>
Stow, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 69 - May 70
Association: Pharmacy
I try to remember the good times, blocking the bad, but as all of us that served, sometimes it can be difficult. We must carry on. Hope to hear from all of you! Jim Barker
- Sunday, September 02, 2007 at 20:08:20 (EDT)
Lewis Lauring MD <yakbrow@gmail.com>
St Petersburg, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1970-71
Association: Ophthalmologist
Just discoveered Dr. Carl Hakanson, a general surgeon who served at the same time as I, lives in my area and he told me about the 24 evac web site. What brought the 24 evac to my mind was the news reports of helicopters going down in Afghanistan recently and I remember loads of patients brought into the triage area and also recall traveling to various parts of RVN by chopper. Fairly dangerous not because of enemy fire but because of maintanence problems.
- Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 06:48:25 (EDT)
Tom Ferri <ant4544@verizon.net>

I was at the 24th Evac from: 1968-1969
Association: O.R. Tech
Ed Maisen, WOW! Talk about surprised. I thought of you and the other guys on the night shift, without a doubt the hardest working and BEST bunch of people working in ANY OR in the war! Times that will never be forgotten. Ed, please send an email. It would be good to keep in touch after 38 years! Can you believe how time has passed?
- Monday, August 27, 2007 at 18:57:17 (EDT)
Mark Maxwell <MMAXW0249@AOL.COM>

I was at the 24th Evac from: May 69 - Apr 70
Association: 327th Signal Co., right next door to the hospital in Long Bien
I heard and saw many, many choppers coming and going over our company area. They would land right next door and off-load then take off again. You guys did a great job.. Welcome Home..and Thanks. Mark Maxwell E-5
- Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 06:05:43 (EDT)
Roger S. Dennis <rsdvet1@msn.com>
Federal Heights, CO USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Aug 1969 to July 1970 (approx)
Association: Medical Corpsman Post-op
I do not remember alot of my time there except for a few people like D.J. Popp, Linda Meyers, Lt Col. Green, the Vietnamese restaurant and their spring rolls, the jail across the street, pulling guard duty with an empty M-14, celebrating New Years at the nco club with a shot of everything they had in a glass (ugh!!), going to nearby village to give medical assistance, eating at the mess late at night making a sandwich out of the days leftovers (yum!), and especially all of the great people that took care of those wounded in action and how much they (we) all cared about them. My best to all. Roger
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 16:42:28 (EDT)
Nick DiCosol <ntjanj@aol.com>
Auburn, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept 71 to June 72 (approx)
Association: helicopter crew
I was wounded in 72. It was a head injury and I do not have much of a memory of my time in country. I was an E-4 and I am in need of help. Does anyone remember me? I was called Fatman and my last name was always mis-pronounced - most called me Driscoll. The only names I can remember were Lt. Edwards and Sgt. Pace If you remember me please let me know. It is very important. The government has misplaced my records and I need help.
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 07:06:02 (EDT)
Charles W. Johnston <chasjohn@sbcglobal.net>
Fort Worth, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan 1963 to May 1964
Association: Commo. Field Wireman
Just found this site..I forgot that I was with the 24th Evac until I found one of my Military Pay stubs...It just shows how time flies by and how much we forget.. I started to remember about FSHT and the things that had Happened there good and bad..We did not do much except field training and classes.. I was in the Commo section. I remember while out in the field I used to help with laying telephone wire, hooking up switchboards and etc...We had a jeep with reels on the back, then we would pull the wire off and lay the wire to each tent that needed a telephone..Was a good job.. I wish I could remember some of the guys that were stationed there. I ran with a lot of guys that were stationed there... I did not stay long with the 24th evac.. The Major transferred me to Hq btry.. to work with the non military personnel on the base..Boy was that a good Job...I had to go to the Parade ground and be an honor guard (maybe once a month), then I got shipped to Zirndorf,Germany 1964, Pinder,Barrack...I enjoyed the city San A. had some wonderful times there.... Thanks Sp5 Charles Johnston
- Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 19:50:21 (EDT)
Al Garcia <albertogarcia12@gmail.com>
Albuquerque, NM USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Aug 67 - Feb 69
Association: Worked in Personnel
I just found this site. Most entries are from the Medical field. I am looking for individuals I may have come in contact with as part of my duties. Does anyone remember Louie the interpreter? It seems that Capt Barnett and Sweetpea were the only entries I found. Capt Barnett, please respond, it seems that we were there at the same time. I cannot remember names however. Later!
- Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 21:13:21 (EDT)
Charles Chapman <dcmaxx@gmail.com>
Washington, DC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov 68-Dec 69
Association: X-ray Tech
It was a year like no other. I often remember it as if it happened yesterday and other times it seens so distant as if it never happened at all. I would love to hear from some of the X-ray crew or anyone else who might remember me.
- Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 06:22:27 (EDT)
Edward Maisen <emaisen@comcast.net>
San Jose, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1968-1969
Association: O.R. Technician
I was sorry to hear of Ruth Webster's death. She was a truly wonderful nurse and person.
- Monday, July 16, 2007 at 18:40:14 (EDT)
Don Moeller <molar543@aol.com>
columbus, GA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Oct 69 -Aug 70
Association: occasional OR Tech - visitor
I was a frequent visitor (from the 93rd EVAC) to see SP5 Ed Maisen (OR Tech). Ed and I were High School buddies.You had a first class operation going. I saw my first neurosurgery case there. Ed is doing well in San Jose California.
- Monday, July 16, 2007 at 18:37:56 (EDT)
Dr. John Baldwin <jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1968-1969
Association: Vascular, chest surgery 68-69
Folks who post on this site are referred to several of us, and I make it a point to write each one even if it is a simple "Thank you and Welcome Home". I can't begin to tell you how many former patients and staff have been re-united thanks to this site, and over a half-dozen have visited us as our guests here in the high Sierra. Welcome home, job well done, and thank you all for serving.
- Saturday, July 07, 2007 at 22:00:37 (EDT)
Ron Womack <keithmikel@aol.com>
Gadsden, AL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan 68-Feb 69
Association: Nurse, Recovery Room
I worked in the recovery room.
- Saturday, July 07, 2007 at 21:54:43 (EDT)
Patricia Keefe Miyaji <kuuipo@mail2usa.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Keefe
Downers Grove, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: August 13, 1968-August 12, 1969
Association: WAC Company Compound
I was in the WAC Company and worked at 1st Logistic Command in the Transportation Unit (just below the incinerator). We used to use the 24th Evac mess hall to partake some of our meals. Mostly we bought chili in cans and crackers and crushed the ones that were not soggy when we got them to our hooch to make our cans of chili go a little further to feed all five of us in our hootch. Yuck, not much of an alternative to eating in a mess hall. I remember the mornings that we were to have taken our malaria pills, you knew who had taken theirs by the expression on their faces. Phew, what a hoot. I just LOVED those pills and the resulting cramping tummy and the runs were the most delightful ever to befall my tummy. I also LOVED walking past the incinerator when you were burning entrails, it just stoked our appetites for mess hall food, NOT!
- Saturday, July 07, 2007 at 21:51:28 (EDT)
Bennie Harris <beharris@triad.rr.com>
Dobson, NC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan 18 - ??, 1969
Association: I was a patient
I had a head injury and you guys treated me like royalty. I was with HHT Regiment, 11th Armored Cav. Thanks for taking care of me!!!
- Tuesday, July 03, 2007 at 20:59:02 (EDT)
Artis Pat Johnson <apjohnson@houston.rr.com>
TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Oct 1967 thru September 1968
Association: Corpsman Wards 9 & 10
It is good to see there are still some of us left. I remember so many of the people mentioned on the web site. I don't imagine anyone remembers me. I was just a country boy from Nacogdoches, Texas amazed by all the damage humans could do to each other.
- Sunday, July 01, 2007 at 20:52:28 (EDT)
Ed (Honcho) Walbert <WALBERT@ALLTEL.NET>
Ford City, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov 1970 - Nov 1971
Association: 284th MP Company
I was with the 284TH MP COMPANY .We had to guard prisoners at the 24th. What I saw there was an eye opener. They did a great job.
- Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 20:29:07 (EDT)
Steven Rucki <steve.rucki@comcast.net>
Algonquin, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Oct 20, 1967 - Oct 20, 1968
Association: I was a medic with the 50th medical company clearing
I was a medic with the 50th next door. We ran the prisoner of war hospital. I used to visit the 24th quite often.
- Friday, June 08, 2007 at 12:41:30 (EDT)
Elaine Watts <watts.elaine@gmail.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Gula
Little Rock, AR USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov 70 - Nov 71
Association: RN on Ward 2
Jan; Cheryl; tell me how you are doing?
- Friday, April 06, 2007 at 16:03:13 (EDT)
Darlene Clemons <bettyscatblu@hotmail.com>
East Peoria, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Oct 1970 - Sept 1971
Association: Army Nurse Corps - Served on Neurosurgery Wards
I served with ANC, on the NEUROSURGERY WARDS. Fond memories, sad but challenging. My Nursing Supervisor was Cpt.Marie Kozma. It was so heartbreaking to know some of our soldiers would not make it home; but we could provide a little comfort, just to hold their hands and give words of comfort. I am looking for anyone who remembers me, my nickname was "Clem". I only had 2 weeks for my tour to end and fly home; however, I was a/e from Nam on Sept 5th., 1971 due to medical symptoms to Valley Forge. I am searching for anyone who might remember me. Please email me. I am looking for Nan Borg, Marie Kozma, Dr.Reid(?), any medical staff who may remember. I don't know who the Chief Nurse was at that time. Would like to fill in those gaps of my tour, especially need closure. Thanks so much. Keep this site going, it is very wonderful and just seems like yesterday. Vietnam was the greatest challenge of my nursing career. Darlene Clemons of East Peoria, Il.
Addendum: I worked in Phoenix, AZ. in Correctional Healthcare Management,(Maricopa County as Utilization Review RN.) and Workers Comp.Case Manager and Q.A. Currently retired.
- Monday, March 26, 2007 at 17:12:56 (EST)
Joseph (JD) Donigan <jddo@socal.rr.com>
CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov 69 - Jun 70
Association: ER, CMS, Company duty
I was moved from the 36th Evac when it closed and spent the rest of my tour at Long Binh, mostly with the 24th. Worked in ER briefly then even more briefly in CMS and then for the 1st Sgt (Johnny Poole, my biggest fan) supervising civilian personnel. I was also hospitalized briefly (about a week) at the 24th with the old FUO. I remember two Company Commanders: a CPT formerly with the 173rd and a 2LT with brand new fatigues. Also remember lots of nights sitting out under the stars across from LBJ. Don't remember many names though: really only "Woody" Woodbury, Company Clerk.
- Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 08:19:03 (EST)
Angie Naiman <anaiman@charter.net>
Holdrege, NE USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 1970-July 1971
Association: Nurse
I worked internal medicine and ortho/GU. It is so good to see the pictures and read the history of our hospital. I have continued on in Public Health and Home Health Nursing in Nebraska. If anyone remembers me I would like to hear from you. Nan Borg? Jean Watson? Darlene Clemons? Lots of faces but I'm not remembering the names. The 24th was a great place and I am so proud of every one of you!
- Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 07:56:19 (EST)
Steve Applebee <meanderac@gmail.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: Apr/May 69
Association: 74th Field Hospital - Lab, ER
I am trying to find anyone who worked er(pow) when I was there. Believe my ptsd due in part to that duty. VA wants names and can't trace Vietnamese nationals. thanks
- Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 07:53:15 (EST)
Gary Stone <gstone2@charter.net>
Wilkesboro, NC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 69 - Sept 70
Association: Worked in ER at 50th Medical Clearing Co.
I was assigned to the 50th Medical Clearing Company. At the time I arrived there, we were replacements for a reserve unit from New Jersey.
- Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at 20:14:23 (EST)
Kerry Pardue <kerrypardue247@yahoo.com>
chandler, AZ USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: In Vietnam 3/68 to 3/69
Association: Sent patients from 9th Infantry to your hospital
I was a Field medic with the 9th Infantry. [See my Web page] http://www.kerrypardue247.com/Index.html
- Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 21:12:21 (EST)
Dr. John Baldwin <jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1968-1969
Association: Vascular, chest surgery 68-69
[Responding to Paul Przybylski] Dr. George Bryar, neurosurgeon extraordinaire and a great, great person was last listed at: 11952 S. Harlen Ave Palos Heights, Illinois 60463 He would be about 70 years old now, if still alive. He was a special talent, and I operated with him...he in the head and I in the chest or belly a hundred times and our guys mostly all made it home. He and I were like the majority of the big Nam hospital docs...fully trained by great universities (Univ Calif for me, Baylor and U Chicago for George)...and 34-35 years old...top of our game and ready for work. Unfortunately, as I return to Walter Reed every Spring to teach, I know that talent like that does not exist in Iraq...we had 4 brain surgeons at the 24th...there is ONE in all of Iraq....and the 24 Evac would be like going to heaven as the surgical capabilities in-country Iraq are by our old standards, pathetic. Hope you find Dr Bryar. If not, try asking Col Mary Lou Knaebel-Brown of neuro ward 68-69 for a more current address. Her email is: jlbmlbazva@wmconnect.com Good hunting. Welcome home.
- Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 21:00:58 (EST)
Paul J Przybylski <prz@cpinternet.com>
Hibbing, MN USA
Association: Plt Leader 169th
Anyone out there remember/know of the whereabouts of a Doctor George Bryar. If I remember correctly he was from Chicago. [See next Guestbook entry from Dr. John Baldwin for response. The webmaster.]
- Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 20:52:37 (EST)

Ken Butke <kbutke@verizon.net>

Casualties in Iraq Blackhawk crash on January 20, 2007: I received this note from a friend about Col Brian Allgood, (son of Colonel Gerald Allgood who served at the 24th Evac) and I would like to share it with you all. Ken
See the following website for more details. http://www.defenselink.mil/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=10435
- Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 17:37:10 (EST)


James (Jim) DeLoach <jamierosie@knology.net>
Evans, GA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July l970 - July 1971
Association: Head nurse in the Operating Room
We have a new email address - no longer with AOL. Rose and I now have two wonderful and energetic grandchildren: Brandon Patrick who will turn 5 in April 2007, and Reilly Elizabeth who will be 3 in July 2007. Our son Andrew and his wife live near us now, so we get to enjoy our grandchildren on a regular basis. We are both retired from nursing and enjoying golfing and traveling. Spent Thanksgiving in New York City, and Christmas and New Years in Hawaii. Our next trips include the Canadian Rockies in 2007, and cruising the Italian peninsula in 2008. Would be happy to hear from anyone who remembers us. Rose was Rose Carroll, when at the 24th.
- Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 14:15:22 (EST)
Woodrow Nelson Waldrop <wnwaldrop@att.net>
Powell, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 9 November 1968 -13 November 1968
Association: Patient
I was sent to the 24th Evac from the 83rd Medical Detachment. From the 24th I was sent to the 6th Convalescent Center in Cam Ron Bay. From there I went to the 12th Air Force Hospital for transport to the Tachikawa USAF Hospital in Japan. From there I was sent to the 106th General Hospital in Yokohama Japan. From there I was sent to the 121st Evac Hospital in Korea and from there I went to Madigan General Hospital in Ft. Knox KY. I still have a picture of a one star General from the 9th Infantry Division pinning a Division crest on my pajamas. I really want to thank all the personnel that worked at the 24th for all they did for me. I was a 22 year old E-6 that went into the service when I was 17.
- Saturday, January 06, 2007 at 17:38:03 (EST)
Ken Bopp <amandabiker@cox.net>
Destrehan, LA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Aug. 67 Feb. 68
Association: Anesthetist
Hope all are well and healing from our time in Nam. Happy Holidays to all and let us never forget.
- Friday, December 22, 2006 at 15:38:48 (EST)
Jim Fuqua <ivoryjim@insightbb.com>
Bowling Green, KY USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1964-65
Association: Medic
Is there anyone out there that was in the 24th at San Antonio when I was?
- Friday, December 22, 2006 at 15:35:03 (EST)
Tom Reed <tomreed3@juno.com>
Springfield, TN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov 67 - Nov 68
Association: Assigned to the 222 Personnel Service Company in support of the 24th Evac
I was assigned to the 222nd Personnel Service Company at Long Binh which provided administrative support to the 24th Evac Hospital and the 44th Medical Brigade. Lots of memories from Nov 67 - Nov 68 at Long Binh. I spent alot of time at the 24th Evac visiting friends that I had met.
- Saturday, December 16, 2006 at 17:39:16 (EST)
Charles Duke <goose5909@earthlink.net>
Bakersfield, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 1971 - April 1972
Association: Medical Corpsman
I worked on several wards at the 24th Evac, and then at the drug treatment center at LBJ. Looking for a nurse Lt. Gloria Sapien or anyone that knew her. I would also like to locate or find out about a Lt. Stephanie Gardner.
- Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 20:46:24 (EST)
Mike Mudry <mdmudry@comcast.net>
North Aurora, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan 71 - May 71
Association: Orthopedic Tech - 91H20
I worked mostly in the "Cast Room" with a few shifts in the ER. I was trained as a surgical tech as well, but didn't do much of that at the 24th.
- Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 19:50:52 (EST)
Amy Porter <ae.porter@yahoo.com>
Colorado Springs, CO USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Mar 1970 - Oct 1971
Association: My father, Jim Aho, was a medic with the 24th.
I am looking for anyone who knew my father, Jim Aho, or for any pictures of him.
- Thursday, November 09, 2006 at 19:30:26 (EST)
Jose Luis Echavarria <echavarria3@aol.com>
Weslaco, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sometime in July or August 1969
Association: Patient
I am trying to find the surgen/Doctor who did eye surgery on me. I was with River Division 531 working the Vam Co Dong River out of Ben Keo in Thay Ninh. I think the Doctor's name was Salinas, but do not remember his first name. If I remember correctly he stated he was from Mission, Texas. If there is anyone out there that remembers the Doctor, I would appreciate to know what his first name was. Thanks.
- Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 06:36:19 (EST)
Larry Agosta <larry.doowop@yahoo.com>
Little Falls, NJ USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Aug 19, 1970 to middle of Sept-70
Association: Patient
I would like to hear from any of the staff that was there at the time I was. Thank you
- Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at 18:40:27 (EST)
William J. Cerynik <wjcerynik@yahoo.com>
Dunmore, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov 60 - Sept 62
Was at the 24th prior to Vietnam. Previously signed guest book. Just updating my location at present.
- Saturday, October 28, 2006 at 19:41:46 (EDT)
Tom Holland <trh319@verizon.net>
Philadelphia, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 11/15/70 - 11/16/71
Association: 91D20 OR Tech
New email address. Also, view my website at: http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepz2xc/thetomhollandwebsite/
- Monday, October 23, 2006 at 20:39:08 (EDT)
Ken Butke <kbutke@verizon.net>
Springfield, VA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 69-July 70
Association: Registrar
Just reporting a new E-Mail address
- Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 20:32:38 (EDT)
Charles Steiner <lsteiner@mchsi.com>
Millsboro, DE USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan 67
Association: Operating Room Tech
Trying to get proof I was there.
- Sunday, October 08, 2006 at 21:04:35 (EDT)
Ronald E Ferree Sr <ronaldferreesr@bellsouth.net>
Pembroke Pines, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1966 - 1967
Association: Medic
The 24th Evac (all members invited) are planning a wonderful cruise in February 2007 -- Joe Canata is a player in the band, and the prices are great for a cruise to the Southern Caribbean. Sailing on the Carnival Legen cruise line. More information is available - email me or call 954-435-3173 - many many options to make this a great trip and reunion for all the 24th Evac!! Looking forward to a great turnout - please call, write or email for more information.
- Sunday, October 08, 2006 at 21:00:43 (EDT)

Jerry Minchew <jchew@ruraltel.net>
Norton , KS USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 71-72
Association: Worked in Medical Supply, and Laundry
I really enjoyed my tour with the 24th. I have a yearbook for the 24th for the Year 71-72, I think. If anyone wants this book of pictures, let me know and I will give it to you. I do not have any living relatives, and want to give it to someone that would treasure it, so email me and I will send it to you.
[Update: Jerry reports that the yearbook has found a new home.]

- Saturday, October 07, 2006 at 20:05:46 (EDT)


John Schroeder <HOTEL321@AOL.COM>
La Quinta, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: MAY 1970 to MAY 1971
Association: Worked at Central Finance, across the road.
Worked in the accounting section of Central Finance. We always tried to get into the Mess Hall at the 24th, as the food was the best. We performed security at night for the nurse's hootches when there was an alert! I remember a Chase Manhattan Bank, and the Preston Park PX, which had guys coming from Saigon to stock up!! I remember we could get steaks to cook, from the 24th Mess Hall, if we processed 24th Evac guys quickly through finance before they were to "deros".
- Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 20:00:08 (EDT)

Susan (Cochrane) Griffith <rrgskg@aol.com>
Shawnee, OK USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 1970 to June 1971
Association: My Father was COL Charles Cochrane, Commander of the 24th Evacuation Hospital
Colonel Charles R. Cochrane, United States Army (Retired) passed away on August 5, 2006 at his home in Colorado Springs, with his family by his side. A former CO of the MEDDAC at Fort Carson, he dedicated 14 years of service at Fort Carson to transforming the "temporary" WWII hospital to the present Evans Army Community Hospital. The youngest of eight children, Charles Riley Cochrane was born to Leonard and Mable (Reed) Cochrane on May 23, 1921 in Carterville, MO. Dr. Cochrane was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Medical School. On August 23, 1958, he married Ella M. Stepanion, a former army nurse in World War II and the Korean conflict.
Doctor Cochrane began his military service as a Medic in the Navy during WWII. His Army military career began as a Medical Officer in 1952 and spanned 34 years until his retirement in 1986. Col. Cochrane served his country as a three war veteran with assignments that included Austria, Italy, Fort Sill, Okinawa, Fort Hood, Letterman General Hospital, Long Binh Vietnam and Fort Carson, CO.
Charles Cochrane is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ella Cochrane, as well as his two daughters and their spouses, John and Rhonda (Cochrane) McKillip of Spokane, WA, and Robert and Susan (Cochrane) Griffith of Shawnee, OK, three grandchildren, Amanda, Charles, and David and three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Kaytlyn, and Krista. The recipient of numerous honors, Doctor Cochrane was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Fellow and Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a Distinguished Member of the Army Medical Department Regiment, and a Charter Member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. He was also a life member of both local and national MOAA, honorary member of TREA, member of the Fort Carson Retiree Council, and had formerly served with the American Red Cross and the Pike's Peak Council of Governments.
Memorial Services held at 10a.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at the Shrine of Remembrance "America the Beautiful" Chapel of Roses at 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO. Memorials in Doctor Cochrane's memory may be made to the Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation, 825 E. Pikes Peak, Suite 600, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
Note from Susan Cochrane: I know that he (Col Cochrane) was the surgeon that performed the operation to remove the live round from the soldier on the helipad. Quote from Tom Holland: I remember once a soldier came in who had a live round -- a mortar shell maybe -- lodged in his abdomen. They operated on him out on the chopper pad. Can't tell you who the surgeon was, but Sp6 Baker volunteered to assist. I don't recall his first name, but he was a good guy; older than most of us enlisted guys but we got along great.
- Thursday, August 31, 2006 at 21:25:12 (EDT)


Gary T. Jones <VOLSBORN2003@YAHOO.COM>
Emden, MO USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 1970 - Jun 70 (approx.)
Association: patient
Met some great guys there, and got to see what the ladies had to go through. It wasn't pretty. I salute all the nurses who went through 'Nam. Cannot remember my doc's name, but I was his first punctured lung patient. I had an accident near Xuan Loc in May 1970. My brother was a patient, Paul Jones, in Feb 1970 till Mar 1970, when I escorted him to Denver Colorado. Thanks for saving his life. GARY
- Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 21:11:36 (EDT)
Barbara Pendleton <barbpendleton@yahoo.com>
Athens, AL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Feb 68 - Feb 69
Association: Nurse on wards 5-6, 13-14, and VC
My husband [Dick] and I, lived in a converted shower building that one of the dentists "repurposed". Dick worked at USARVN HQ, and there were weeks that the only time we saw each other was when he came on the ward, where he would read to the guys or write letters for them. We were very lucky to be able to be together. His first tour was in the "Four Corps" as an advisor; he was at USARV for me. We've been married 40 yrs. I am so happy I found this site. If anyone remembers me, please write. I would love to talk to anyone that understands the past. I still have demons, as I'm sure others do. I am still nursing, but at a slower pace, the Director of Nursing in an assisted living community. I love these people!! They totally accept life and all its wrinkles with grace and dignity. We have two children and one granddaughter. Our son also served our country, in Korea and Italy. May God bless all of those who read this. Know you are all in our prayers. God bless our troops with "Boots on the Ground".
- Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 20:44:10 (EDT)
1st LT. David Barry Holleman <hollemandb@sbcyahoo.com>
Houston, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 72-73
Association: Field surgical medic/med vac
All gave some..Some gave all...
- Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 22:08:06 (EDT)
Kenneth B Miller <kenneth.miller4@insightbb.com>
Pekin, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969-1971
Association: Served with the 50th Medical Clearing Company
I was the x-ray tech with the 50th (which became the 133rd Medical Detachment) at Bearcat.
- Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 22:03:42 (EDT)
Jon PanKratz <jpankr1995@aol.com>
Park City, KS USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Worked there during 1967
Association: Engineer unit that built walkways, x-ray room, and morgue
During construction it seemed you were always busy. Had one person from our unit hospitalized for two weeks, because of a cyst. He always spoke well of the care he had there.
- Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 22:00:19 (EDT)
John Almack <godawggone@yahoo.com>
Burlington, IA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan 4, 1969 - Jan 3, 1970
Association: Med Lab Tech
Just visiting again to show a friend where I was the year man landed on the moon, and Woodstock made rock and roll history. My thoughts often come back here.
- Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 21:54:27 (EDT)
Walter (Wally) Einhorn <dragonfan789@msn.com>
Albuquerque, NM USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan 1971 to Nov 1971
Association: Personnel Sergeant
It was really a very pleasant tour. I worked with Ken Willey, Tim Horner, John Ayala, and a Vietnamese girl they called Sweet Pea. Collected and paid all the hooch maids with Sweet Pea. Colonel and Sergeant Major were like my guardians. Chief nurse was very nice and polite. Had to go to Saigon with Captain Webb quite a few times. Kind of scary but it turned out okay. Love to hear from the old gang.
- Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 21:37:27 (EDT)
Walter (Wally) Einhorn <dragonfan789@msn.com>
Albuquerque, NM USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan 1971 to Nov 1971
Association: Personnel Staff NCO
It was a fantastic experience, making friends with everyone. I worked with Ken Willey, Peterson, Horner, Ayala. Had a few experiences with Capt Evans on trips to Saigon and back. I don't remember too many of the doctors and nurses, but I used to walk around the wards and talk with all of them to see how they were doing. Does anybody remember Sweetpea, the Vietnamese interpreter?
- Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 21:27:03 (EDT)
Edward (Steve) Cancio <escancio@mac.com>
Youngstown, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: April 72 - sept? 72
Association: medic, corpsman
Worked on wards, pulled perimeter guard, some recon.
- Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 21:20:41 (EDT)
Robert Pryor <ussfa344@hotmail.com>
West Richland, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 6-20-69 for a week or so
Association: Patient
Thanks. It must have been a slow night in the early morning hours of 6-20-69. I can never understand why y'all would work so hard to save me. My chances were slim and none with a large part of the skull on the right side of my head gone, along with underlying brain loss. Y'all might have figured that if I survived at all I would have been an idiot. There are probably some that know me now that would agree with that, but I went on to graduate summa cum laude at the head of my class at WSU (go Cougs!) thanks to all of you not giving up on me, when I had already given up. [See website: http://www.legionofvalor.com/citation_parse.php?uid=994685456 for Legion of Valor article on Robert Pryor's heroic actions on the night of June 20, 1969.]
- Friday, July 14, 2006 at 10:59:51 (EDT)
Gary Laine <jgarylaine@aol.com>
Austin, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1967-1968
Association: I served in the pre-op and recovery ward at the 24th as a medic.
- Saturday, July 01, 2006 at 21:10:40 (EDT)

Gary J. Decker <GaryjDecker@aol.com>
Columbiaville, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March or April, 1967
Association: Patient
I was brought in from an explosion that happened at the 139th Hvy Matt. 1st log, Long Binh. I just want to say thanks to all who took care of me at that time. Pvt Gary J. Decker
Thanks again.
- Monday, May 29, 2006 at 21:10:08 (EDT)


Cecil A. Rhodes <cjprof@sbcglobal.net>
Modesto, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: August-October, 1967
Association: Provided musical entertainment
In addition to guarding POWs at the Hospital, I was a member of the 720th Military Police, Company C, 18th Brigade in Long Binh, and left country on 10/30/67. I was also the lead singer for the 720 MP Rogues, a rock band comprised of four other members of our Company. Our band played several stints at the 24th Evac, and we got to know several doctors and nurses. I have several pictures of our performances there, and we recorded there on 10/8/67. I have a couple pictures of 1st Lt. Joanne James and other 24th Evac personnel. The story of the band with pics is being told and posted on http://www.720mpvietnamproject.org/history_project/index.html
- Monday, May 29, 2006 at 20:51:01 (EDT)
Robert Hammill <rhammill@gotsky.com>
Rough and Ready, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept/Oct 1967
Association: Patient
In September/October of 1967, I was admitted to the hospital for a severe reaction to the rabies serum. I was a patient for about seven days. The nurses were wonderful!
- Monday, April 03, 2006 at 14:01:12 (EDT)
Eric Y. Jones
Hopewell, VA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 12/68 to 12/69
Association: Data Service Center USARV
Does anyone remember a group of GIs singing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve 1968? I was one of those guys. Thanks for the most wonderful Xmas I've ever had.
- Friday, March 31, 2006 at 15:50:34 (EST)
Kenneth R. Willey <bozo7015@yahoo.com>
Seattle, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Mar 1970 - Nov 1971
Association: Personnel Clerk-71H
I was the Awards Clerk, (typed up the purple heart orders) so I spent alot of time out on the wards confirming WIA info. I worked with Sweatpea and Miss Minh. I also worked at Dept. of Clinics with LTC Richard Gushwa for a few months in 1971. I was a bartender at the Officers club. I worked with SP5 John Ayala, SP5 Guy Horner (manager) and I think Collin Robberie worked at the club briefly? All these people worked in Personnel with SSG Walt Einhorn.
- Friday, March 31, 2006 at 15:13:36 (EST)
Alfred Corsale <handyman839@yahoo.com>
North Wildwood, NJ USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Aug 67
Association: Patient
I was with the 9th inf aco 5th 60th. I was wounded twice and spent some time in the 24th. I have pictures of the USO show and others. I am now 100 percent disabled; had a leg wound. Don't remember too much. Hope the nurses and the staff made it home. God bless you all, and welcome home.
- Thursday, January 05, 2006 at 14:09:31 (EST)
William Walker <ggwalker28@yahoo.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: OCT 68 TO NOV 69
Association: ER CORPMAN
I spent 13 months of my life at the 24th and will always remember the experience. As I look back, I know that there was much more that I could have done. At the age of 19 you don't look at the life changing events around you as you do many years later.
- Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 17:30:46 (EST)
Mel Libby <namvet6768@peoplepc.com>
Durand, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept 1967 - Nov 1968
Association: Corpsman - Neurosurgical wards
Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a Great New Year.
- Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 17:07:39 (EST)
William Walker <GGWALKER28@YAHOO.COM>
NJ USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: OCT 1968 to NOV 1969
Association: ER corpman
I WORKED IN ER FROM OCT 68 TO NOV 69. I FOUND THIS TO BE A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE.
- Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 16:41:50 (EST)
OLAN R. WILLIAMS
Galax, VA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 12/66 to 10/67
Association: Nearby, at the 199th
BASE CAMP NORTH OF 24TH EVAC 199TH LIB 2ND 3RD INFANTRY BRIGADE, OLD GUARD [REDCATCHERS] 66/67
- Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 16:34:59 (EST)
Corey White <whitehouse8539@comcast.net>

Association: Relative of patient
I am looking for a nurse that helped my cousin. His name is Jim Minor, he was injured in Vietnam on 12/3/1967. He was a tall, thin, freckle faced red head. He was severely injured, he lost his right arm and had several other injuries. He remembers being at the 24th EVAC Hospital and has been wanting to find a nurse by the name of Katherine Costello, now Nelson. I found her name on the forum, but no address. He would like to thank her in person, for he credits her for saving his life. He is doing great and is a great guy. If you can help me locate Nurse Costello, please email me. Thank you for your time, Sincerely, Corey White, LVN
- Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 16:27:12 (EST)
CHARLES BOULET <cboulet@sc.rr.com>
HOPKINS, SC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: MARCH 66-JUNE 67
Association: 91C ON PRE OP AND RECOVERY
WORKED AS 91C ON PRE OP AND RECOVERY AFTER WE OPENED IN 67
- Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 16:20:03 (EST)
Clifford Sanders <sanderslopez@hotmail.com>
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
I was at the 24th Evac from: 65-67
Association: Medic, Spec 5, Surgical Tech.
I was assigned to the 24th in Fort Sam Houston after surgical tech training; Sgt. Bobbit was the 1st Shirt, Zolie Williams was our Surg/PLX leader. Lt. Anderson was detachment commander. I made SP-5 waiting to load on the plane to fly to San Francisco and catch the luxury liner, the Wm. Weigel. Arrived in VN in July after stops in Okinawa and Danang. I remember best the friendships; Bob Martinez, Jay Bussey, Tom Morton, Don English, and many more - The Bien Hoa Club, pretty girls, and a war. I have only seen Bob Martinez and Crazy George Hunter, who was in supply and came to us from the 173 Airborne as too crazy to be a paratrooper. I am proud I served, I am pro the troops, but I am very anti-war.
- Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 16:13:46 (EST)
Gerald Wayne Holder <waynescamero69@hotmail.com>
Greenwood, SC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 1967 to Febuary 1968
Association: E.R. Corpsman
I cannot remember names of anyone I worked with. I have pictures, but no names. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me. My HOOCH was 39; which was Headquarters.
- Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 16:01:05 (EST)
Marion Allen Cole <marionacole@yahoo.com>
Garden Valley, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1964 and 1965
Association: corpsman
I was with the first team to set up the MUST(mobile unit, self contained, transportable) We first set up at Camp Bullis in winter of 1964-1965, while the 24th set up the regular tent hospital. We had a hell of a hail, sleet and rain storm that reduced the "tent hospital" to a colossal, canvas and mud pile. The inflatable ward, at MUST, was still standing with the huge generator putting out welcome warmth. Big Shots from Washinton, Generals etc were all out the next day on a scheduled visit, to inspect. Safe to assume that MUST was purchased and used in Nam. I went on to 8th ID in Germany and often wondered how Must fared in country...since I never heard much more. After my enlistment, I went to school and reenlisted in reserve components as a medic, airborne, EFMB, and retired 2000 as medical NCO. Served on active duty three other times, including Desert Shield/Desert Storm as Infantry Bn Medical NCOIC. Finally had enough and am playing my Native American flutes out here in beautiful God's Country. It helps me not be sad, and helps others be happy too. God bless all you medics...you were the only ones that ever made sense to me. If ever nearby, please give me a call or email me at marionacole@yahoo.com
- Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 19:19:33 (EST)
Larry <largin@tampabay.rr.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: Approx. from the middle of August to September 1970
I was evac'd with infectious hepatitis from the 229th mash out of Bien Hoa. For the whole time I was there I was out of it literally. Slept most of the time not getting up for anything except being helped to walk to the upright latrine located on the beach area. That's about all I remember aside from a nurse who would wake me each morning to draw blood. While there until the time of my release I never got to meet any of the nurses who tool care of me. That really hurts today, I would really like to know some of these Angels of Mercy. How can I get their names and a picture of what they looked like so I can thank them for taking care of me?
- Tuesday, November 01, 2005 at 07:59:53 (EST)
Tom(Norman) Overholser<tover1@sunflower.com>
Lawrence, KS USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1967-68
Association: Combat medic
I am living in Lawrence, Kansas and a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist for the past 18 years. I remember Cathy Costello, Constance Love, Edith Godfrey and another nurse last name La Roca, I believe that was her name anyway. I was there during Tet. I will attempt to resubmit my remembrances entry because that failed the first time I tried.
- Friday, October 14, 2005 at 10:49:51 (EDT)
Max Mccord Jr. <maco98e@yahoo.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: late Dec 1967 until Mar or Apr 1968
Association: Doctor
Was attached to head/neck surgery team as D3126 Otolaryngologist. Transferred to 345th med det.(dispensary) as C.O. and also served 36th Evac hosp (Mar or Apr) until late Dec. 1968
- Tuesday, October 04, 2005 at 17:44:31 (EDT)
Kent Christiansen <kentlc@adelphia.net>
Toledo area, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: ? 69 til Nov
Association: Patient, later 1st Cav Liaison, then Patient again...
I was a malaria (falc.) patient at the 24th Evac, then 6th CC, then was reassigned from my combat unit as a 1st Cav liaison at the 24th. Later I contracted a different type of malaria (vivex) - 24th evac, to 6th CC and this time to Japan. Poor memory on names. Good friends with the Thai liaisons that were there at the time, and with the other liaisons in A&;D (?) from the other units. I have pictures of some of the patients, nurses, staff, and entertainers that I'm planning on scanning to get them into digital files.
- Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 07:21:37 (EDT)
David Gjerdingen <dave.gjerdingen@allina.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 1968
Association: Surgical Tech
I was sent from port of arrival (Vung Tau) to the 24th while we were waiting for the 29th Evac (Binh Thuy) to be completed. Worked in surgery for a month, learned the difference between inbound and outbound artillery. Then on to the 29th for the rest of my tour.
- Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 08:04:54 (EDT)
Clyde E. Littlejohn <bearpaw4921@sbcglobal.net>
Burton, MI USA
Association: 45th Air Ambulance 93rd Evac 1969 -1971
Feb. 12, 1971 I was shot in the head while flying a Dust-Off mission for the 93rd Evac. My crew flew me straight into the hands of the greatest doctors, nurses and medics known to mankind. I was your neuro guest for 10 days while I healed and I never got the chance to say how much I still love all of you. Without your care and attention I may not be able to write this today. Unfortunately that injury damaged my right eye optic nerve just enough to end my flying days as a crewchief on my Huey but I've moved on to bigger and better things in life. All these years I've wanted to tell someone there that you all made a difference. Until I die I will always have a place in my heart especially for you and all the other doctors, nurses and medics who served with me in country. Bless You Sincerely SP/5 C.E.Littlejohn 45thAA/93rd Evac, Long Binh
- Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 03:49:42 (EDT)
Mel Libby <namvet6768@stompit.net>
Durand, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: September 1967 - November 1968
Association: Corpsman in Neurosurgery
Hey Gary Laine, saw your posting from Monday. Hopefully Jack will call ya--better late than never. I believe Jack left the same day as myself or the next day. Think Tex and Rex left the day before as I vaguely remember them all excited about getting out of there. I do believe I got a picture or 2 of you and some of Jack too. Just a matter of finding them. If I find them I'll let ya know. I don't know if you remember me or not. Take care, Mel
- Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 15:50:17 (EDT)
Gary Laine <jgarylaine@aol.com>
Austin, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Oct 1967 - Dec 1968
Association: Medic in pre-op and recovery
Hey, Jack Hutson: You said you would call me Saturday afternoon...that was in 1971, you rascal. Where are the Texas twins Rex and Tex Bell and Gary Toon of north TX?
- Monday, August 08, 2005 at 12:16:45 (EDT)
Jeanette Hooban <jeanette@hooban.com>

My father, Sawnie R. Gaston M.D., was with the 24th Evac England, then France, 1944. I am transcribing his diary. Does anyone know the movement of the unit from June 1944 to the wars conclusion?
- Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 12:14:45 (EDT)
Miguel Abreu <plumreu@aol.com>
Ossining, NY USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969-70
Association: Supplied oxygen for Hospital and supplies for field units
Good to see some names of people I knew from different units while in Nam
- Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 10:06:23 (EDT)
Steve Applebee <meanderac@yahoo.com>
Jacksonville, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Spring 1969
Association: Lab Tech
Actually, I was stationed 74th Field Hospital lab. I guess the POW operation got turned over to the 24th after I left. Any of you ever with the 74th?
- Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 10:02:38 (EDT)
Richard Turnbull <randcturnbull@tpg.com.au>
Adelaide, SA Australia
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 19970 March 19971, Vung Tau
Association: Member Royal Australian Army Medical Corps,Phuoc Tuy Province, 1st Aust Field hospital, Vung Tau
I am writing on behalf of the son of a North Vietnamese POW whose life your hospital saved in May 1970. The Son's name is Hung Dang. Hung has married an Australia girl and lives in Sydney. Until 2 or 3 years ago he was a translator and tourist guide in Hanoi. His father's name is Dang Bao, he is still alive and has just retired from running a construction business just out of Hanoi. He would like to thank the members of 24th Evac for saving his life. In particular he would like to thank, Kenningham, Bennet, Thompson, David, Gianson, Mithill, Goodly (the 24yr old who gave him a chance to talk to his wife in NV). I only met Hung by chance in a Vietnamese restaurant in Sydney last week and we got talking. He said his father is well, but still has a missing part of his skull. As a result of the conversation he emailed his father and gave me this basic information. You guys must have done a good job in patching him up. He was at 24th Evac May - October 1970, after which he went to POW camp on an island off the Mekong delta and was repatriated back to NVN in 1973. If someone would like to contact me, especially one of those named above, I would be pleased to get more info. Like us he has some good recollection of those days. I was a lab tech at 1st AFH and now a research scientist here in Adelaide, Australia. Cheers, Dick Tunbull PS The website of our unit is www.callsignvampire.org
- Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 18:19:56 (EDT)
Dr. John Baldwin <jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 1968 - 1969
Association: Vascular/General Surgeon
I just waved goodbye in our driveway to Aaron Tybo and his wife Kathleen...Aaron was brought to the 24th Evac in Feb 69 with an AK hit to his right groin, blowing out his artery, vein to that leg and destroying the head of the femur. Major Bob Grant MD, Lt. Jeannie Mitchell, RN and I used "parts" from his left leg to repair all this. He healed superbly, and at 38 years out is probably one of the longest "vein/artery" grafts in the world to still be walking, riding horses and running a trucking business. He was a Sgt with 101st Airborne. This week I also got a thank-you from the son of a VC upon whom I operated that same year. The dad remains "eternally grateful to the 24th Evac for saving his life" from a gunshot to the head. He named Keninnham, Bennet, Thompson, David, Gianson, Mitchell, Baldwin and Godly. The patient's name is Dang Bao, and after "the war" he developed a big construction business in Hanoi. He helped build the new (real) Hilton in Hanoi. (Does that tell you something about how dumb this war really was???) Anyway...love to all you Evac fans. Maj John Baldwin MD
- Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 17:57:20 (EDT)
Roy Hibbs <Roy_Hibbs@msn.com>
Jasper, TN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May thru Dec, 1969
Association: Lab Tech, Also worked in the Clinic
I was a medic with the 199th Lt Infrty B Jan-Apr 1969 Please visit my website if you like piano music. http://home.bellsouth.net/p/pwp/-RoyHibbs
- Thursday, July 07, 2005 at 14:59:31 (EDT)
Valerie Biskey <vbiskey@cox.net>
Macon, GA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 1970 to August 1971
Association: Nurse, Ward 2
What an experience Vietnam was! I worked under Major Nancy Green, Head Nurse of Ward 2 and learned a lot. My best friend, Carol Rogers (now Pitula) was on the Neuro ward. When I was assigned to the 24th, I called Carol and I remembered she started to cry. We worked very hard on Ward 2 and to this day I believe that was the best nursing experience I ever had. I work with nurses and medical students today and often speak of Vietnam. Hello to you all. I have some photos I will try to include on the website. One photo is of a Vietnamese baby who was on Ward 2 after surgery. Ray Simmons, the corpsman, cut up new bed sheets to make the baby clothes. He used old tire treds to make flip flops for the child. What a great guy!
- Thursday, July 07, 2005 at 14:54:44 (EDT)
Sgt William G. Hill <bravo412@mchsi.com>
Columbus, GA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: September 1968
Association: Patient
I was a patient at the 24th Evac Hospital in September 1968. I want to sincerely thank all the great doctors, nurses, corpsmen and all the other medical personnel. After being seriously wounded, I was operated on at the 24th, and developed gangrene. The vascular surgeons were great, and although I cannot remember much, I do know that I might have lost a leg and also an arm. I went in and out of consciousness, required several operations, and a surgeon I will never forget said, "In our hospital we don't lose legs and arms because we do all we can to save them and are usually successful." I was transferred to the 249th General in Japan and had several months of treatment there. After that I was moved to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC, where Col Norman Rich, MD was my physician, and vascular surgeon. Dr. Rich filmed all of my surgeries and I am listed in the Viet Nam Vascular Registry. I am in great debt and every day give thanks to the incredible skill and work of all of these teams who saved my life. I was wounded in the chest, belly, legs and arms, and thanks to their expertise, I am here today...all intact. I am so thankful, and wish I could say thanks to everyone. Thank you. William Hill
- Thursday, July 07, 2005 at 14:52:16 (EDT)
William A Roper <W2003roper@aol.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: 25 February 1968
Association: Patient
I was a patient at the 24th Evac. I was the PLL clerk with the 266th S & S Bn of the 1st Log, which was adjacent to the hospital. I suffered a closed head contusion on 25, February 1968. Dr. Floyd Robinson performed life saving procedures on me within 20 minutes of my injury. I was in a deep coma with paralysis on the left side of my body. I am alive today because of a fine neurosurgeon with lots of excellent help from many dedicated nurses, corpsmen and hospital staff. Please list my name and email address among the list of patients on this site. Thanks to all hospital personnel from a profoundly grateful Vet. Bill Roper
- Wednesday, June 01, 2005 at 14:59:41 (EDT)
James Stevens <jsteve@columbus.rr.com>
London, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Oct. 1967- Oct. 1968
Association: Medical Corpsman
I am looking for any kind of contacts from friends that I served with.....especially the ones I bunked with in the hooch! George Cebbula, Nick Petros, Richard Vierra, and Ed Hilfiker. been looking forever so help if you can!
- Monday, May 30, 2005 at 15:32:16 (EDT)
James F. Cooper, MD. <jfcooper@lhistl.com>
St. Louis, MO USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1966 & 1967
Association: Gen. & Vascular surgery, Chief of Surgery, Jauary 1967
I wish I had been more active on this website. I was associated with Lou Cohen, MD. and Allen Wolff, MD. A Mr. Homer Mills disputes the fact that I did the first operative procedure, which is not really important. However the first operation under general anesthesia was done by me. I was and am proud to be a member of the 24th Evacuation Hospital. It changed my professional life. Thanks to all who served.
- Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 14:13:23 (EDT)
Danny E. Burger <danburger@touchnc.net>
Wake Forest, NC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: November 1968 to June 1970.
Association: MEDIC with the 57TH Dustoff
Hello. Was a medic with the 57th Dustoff and flew into the 24th numerous times. Hard working bunch of people. Best wishes to you all.
- Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 17:24:07 (EDT)
John N Baldwin MD
Twain Haret, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 1968 - 1969
Association: Surgeon Ward 2
I knew Kay as Kay Gutrie (Johnson)...a bubby blonde young nurse who took care of my post ops on Ward 2. She was essentially a doctor..in today's world, she was more capable and more reliable than a doctor. I operated, she did the rest. That simple. No calls at midnight for an aspirin...as we do today...no problems with a blocked tube. Kay could fix it and never would bother the surgeon. She was a fixture on Medcaps and had great moments at Mr. Mui's house, arriving in Jet Boats up the Dong Nai River with the Riverine Rats who adopted our hospital. God bless you Kay...your last months were undoubtably difficult...and we praise your for that. Love always..your special surgeon...John Baldwin Ward 2.
- Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 05:48:42 (EDT)
Donna Peck <donnapeckart@cs.com>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Cull
Westminster, MA 01749
I was at the 24th Evac from: October 1968 - 1969
Association: I was a nurse on Ward 4
I married my Corpsman, Thomas Peck, 35 years ago...so I broke the army rules, but I guess it turned out pretty good anyway. We went on to have three children and now have two grandaughters that we adore. I was stationed in Viet Nam at the 24th Evac along with my best friend from nursing school in Pennsylvania, Kay Johnson. She worked on Ward 2 and I on Ward 4. I am sorry to say that Kay died of Mylofibrosis two years ago. She had a bone marrow transplant, but it was unsuccessful. She was always proud of the time she worked in Viet Nam and I miss her so much. She is the one who made me come to Washinton and see the wall and again when the Nurses memorial was dedicated. We are in the book, A Piece of My Heart by Keith Walker and were blessed to see the adaptation of the book in play form when we went to Washington. WE thought we wouldn't be chosen for the play because we were kind of boring...but low and behold, they combined our story in the person of Sissy in the play. We were so thrilled to be watching it together. God bless all of you. I especially wish I could hear from Burnadette Gonda and any maxillo facial patients from 1969.
- Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 07:30:10 (EDT)
SP5 Eric Ekeberg <retiredafc@sbcglobal.net>
Saugus, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 1968 to November 1969
Association: MOS of Corpsman, but was the "gofer, mailman, et al"; for HQ
I have already signed the guest book, this is an update to my e-mail address. I retired as Assistant Fire Chief for LA County, and my old address retired too! During my tour at the 24th I hung around with Eddie Fortmiller, Ron Hickman, and Richard Bjorquist, and several others. My life finally got on track, and has been very good to me. Wonderful family with five daughters and 5 (almost 6!) grand children. Would enjoy hearing from anyone...Eric
- Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 18:46:34 (EDT)
John N. Baldwin MD <jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 1968-1969
Association: Surgeon
On this historic 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon (April 30, 1975) I send all best wishes from Jean Mitchell Baldwin and myself to all of the 24th Evac family: staff, patients and friends. A lot has happened in those three decades. Saigon has automobiles, Hanoi has a real Hilton, Cam Ranh has an Arnold Palmer designed golf course. Ford is planning to build cars there and many of the students I see at UCSF Med School are children of boat people.
One factor remains: the names on the Wall never change nor does their sacrifice. Tommy McAdams and Bruce Clark are still frozen in their post-adolescent innocence. Most of us are thirty five years older, and some are suffering from wounds inflicted 'way back then, such as Dennis Haines, our Image of Bravery Award Recipient, gamely battling Hepatitis C with half his body paralysed. Ed Fortmiller, fighting hard after brain surgery this year and so many more damaged by memories, broken marriages, failed promises and good plans gone wrong.
On this day let us remember that we served, we went, we did our nation's bidding, right or wrong, and that we all are better people for it, despite the awful price. I salute all of you. I was proud to know you and for those nearly two thousand upon whom I (and tremendous staff) was privileged to operate .. to play a small part in hopefully giving you a life today that looks back upon that year with honor and pride. All best...JOHN B
- Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 19:56:26 (EDT)
Paul Kuehn Jr <grunter2@netscape.com>
USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 9, 1970
Association: Patient
I was there with a bomb fragment wound to the left shoulder, friendly fire. I was with the 1/27th Wolfhounds, company C. Just wanted to say my Thank you, you were the best. Between you guys and the pilots, I have no greater respect in this lifetime anyway-thank you again.
- Monday, April 25, 2005 at 19:45:33 (EDT)
Michael Adowski
Buffalo, NY
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1971
Association: Patient - Collapsed Lung
In hospital for a week, most memories faded. Remember being brought outside to watch movies at night like a drive in.
- Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 21:05:11 (EDT)
Norman Reeves <norman@bloody1.com>
Tucson, AZ USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Around March 68
Association: Patient
Medevaced in with 3rd deg burn of right hand from white phosphorous flare in the evening.
- Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 12:23:28 (EDT)
Harold C Kimble <haroldkimble@microxl.com>
Gadsden, AL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 1966 - July 1967
Association: Medic and Generator Operator
I went over with the 24th Evac Hosp and served in various areas of work as did many of those of us who were a part of the original unit. I would like to hear from Theodore Hamilton the original generation operator and any other person who served with the 24th during that period.
- Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 08:17:46 (EDT)
Fred Evors <evnet@comcast.net>
Bala Cynwyd, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: late 1969-March 1970
Association: I flew guns (Razorbacks) during a lot of medevacs
I was fortunate to be associated with the 24th as Razorback 6. Not only were we allowed to utilize your "O" Club, but when I was wounded in Nov 1970, I spent a couple of nights there before being returned to duty. You are a fantastic group of professionals and we were some of the luckiest pilots in 'Nam to know if we were injured, we were going to get the best treatment possible. Thank you all so very much. Fred Evors Capt.
- Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 19:33:20 (EST)
Earnie Baldridge <ernjan1@msn.com>
Farmington, NM USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Dec 1968-Aug 1969
Association: NCOIC triage/ER
I replaced Ray Force who was at the time the NCOIC of triage. I would like to hear from anyone who served at the 24th with me. Is anyone planning on another reunion? I retired with 26 years in as a CW3 Physician Assistant and now I live in New Mexico and work in an Orthopedic group.
- Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 09:08:19 (EST)
Robert Clatworthy, Jr <BubbaC1870@aol.com>
Butler, PA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Father Served 1968-69
Seeking information on my father, Robert Clatworthy, a Medical Records Clerk. He was a Korean War Veteran (Artilleryman) and had two previous Vietnam Tours prior to coming to the 24th. He was an avid softball player (pitcher and umpire) and I have pics of him playing for the 24th's Team. Please email any info if you know him. He passed away last April.
- Tuesday, March 01, 2005 at 09:35:25 (EST)
David Knotts <david.knotts@us.army.mil>
Phenix City, AL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Aug 69 - May 70
Association: Medic
Worked Pre-op and Recovery and Wards 7 & 8.
- Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 12:33:41 (EST)
George Cebula <weasday@AOL.COM>
Rockford , IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1967-1968
Association: Medic, patient
I worked the ER with SFC Force and Neuro, Surg. Wards and the POW Ward.
- Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 07:16:04 (EST)
Ed Lyons <vietnam68tet@cfl.rr.com>
Titusville, FL USA
Another Vietnam Combat Veteran sent me your site. Great Site. I'm still looking around and would like to add you to my links on my Vietnam site. This is something I've always liked: SOLDIER I was that which others cared not to be.I went where others feared to go and did what others failed to do.I asked nothing from those who gave nothing. I reluctantly, accepted the thought of eternal loneliness-should I fail. I have seen the face of terror, felt the chill of fear, warmed to the touch of love. I have hoped, pained, cried. But, foremost, lived in times others would say best forgotten. At the very least, in later days, I will be able to say with greatest pride, That I was indeed, a Soldier!! By: George L. Skypeck 173rd. Airborne Brigade at Dak To TET OFFENSIVE 1968 January 31,1968 God Bless Troop C 3/4 Cavalry 25th Infantry Division, For without them Tan Son Nhut Air Base would have been overrun. I'm Honored to Have Supported them there Co. B 25th Avn Bn Diamond Head Gunship Doorgunner For my friend Edward Pike that give his life that day as our two gunships were flying Air Support Jan. 31, 1968 a day I'll never forget. As Gen. MacArthur Said old Soldiers never Die,they just get a computer!!!!!!then go nut's and go around signing guestbooks LOL and I shall return. Ed
- Monday, February 21, 2005 at 21:38:07 (EST)
Gene Poor <susiegene@aol.com>
Deerfield Beach, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1977????
Association: Patient
I need records from when I was at the 24th evac. VA needs proof I was in Viet Nam. How do I get the hospital records. You guys did a great job and I want to thank you all for being there for US.
- Sunday, February 20, 2005 at 08:09:25 (EST)
Vincent I. Osorio <VODO1927@sbcglobal.net>
Vallejo, CA USA
Association: Patient
I was in the 316th APS (Aug 1971 thru March 1972). I was a young Airman in Air Freight. I live in Hercky (spell?)Hill. I had to go to your hospital on the other side (area II) to have twelve stiches done on my head as I walked right into a C130 prop coming off a C141. I remember how well you guys took care of me. I found this site by accident. God bless!
- Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 21:40:47 (EST)
Phill Nowakowski <phill_nowakowski@yahoo.com>

I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969 - 1971
Association: Corpsman on Wards 5 & 6
We all are now part of history - a moment in time, that for many, will go unnoticed. But be certain, that for those lives we touched our efforts are our reward as well as our grief.
- Friday, February 04, 2005 at 16:02:04 (EST)
Kernel Haywood <kernelh@usawide.com>
Luling, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June or July 1966
Association: Helped build the hospital.
I was with the 169th Engineers and we started work building those quonset huts, mess hall, water towers, barracks, and sewer, water lines at the 24th Evac. June or July 1966. The pictures of the 24th Evac. looked good.
- Friday, February 04, 2005 at 15:59:19 (EST)
Johnnie Clyde Jackson <fordand44@alltel.net>
Eatonton, GA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1970, Don't remember the month
Association: Patient
I was in 402nd TC and I worked in Cogido 12 hrs a day. I have very fair skin, and while working in the hot sun I was severely burnt by the sun. So I was admitted to the Hospital there at Long Binh. I recall lying on the bed listening to the patient in the bed next to me, he was also there because of the sun exposure. One of the nurses told me he would be going home due to his condition. Hum I said, Uh yall gonna send me home too? She said no, we are going to get you better and send you back in the field. I was saddened. I took it like a man and said ok. Does anybody remember this conversation with me? I had not been 18 very long. I was red as a beet, with blond hair and blue eyes. I want to thank you for taking care of me while I was there in your hospital.
- Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 13:48:26 (EST)
Skip Rozelle <srozelle@houston.rr.com>
Houston, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 28 Jan 1971 - 7 Feb 1971 (?)
Association: Patient
Many belated thanks for the help and treatment of my men. Perhaps unspoken what you folks did for troops was greatly appreciated by all. You should all be very proud. Does anyone know how to reach Nurse Piper (Jane, I believe)?
- Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 07:34:57 (EST)
Richard Engels <redsledii@aeroinc.net>

I was at the 24th Evac from: March 1968
Association: Patient
After getting a bad infection in my lower left leg, the doctors and nurses helped me beat that infection. I do thank you so very much.
- Friday, January 21, 2005 at 13:50:06 (EST)
John Zenzayer
Charlotte, NC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1970
Association: Patient for one day
I was stationed at Long Binh, at the 38th bpo. I went to the 24th because of a bad infection of my arms due to festering skin lesions. I was laying on a gurney waiting to get operated on, and remember seeing choppers land and bring in the poor guys from battle, there was so much blood and cries of pain. I felt that what I had was minor compared to their great suffering. I spent 18 months operating between Saigon, Newport Docks, Cholon. Riding in convoys up Hwy 1 we were shelled every other night and had our dining hall trashed one morning before we were in there -thank God. I left in Nov 1970 and went to Germany in two weeks for my remaining six months in service.
- Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 11:29:38 (EST)
Mel Libby
MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sep 1967 - Nov 1968
Association: Corpsman
MERRY CHRISTMAS To all of you.
- Saturday, December 25, 2004 at 14:48:22 (EST)
Dennis Miotto <dmiotto@carolina.rr.com>
Charlotte, NC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June 1966-July 1967
Association: Corpsman ER
Came over with the original group from San Antonio. I have been associated with many groups since then, but the 24th has always set the standard for excellence. Filled and tossed so many sand bags for about 5 months in 1966, I became the enlisted "strongman". After the hospital opened I ran the Patient Trust Fund in ER, and was in charge of the weapons conex for a short time. I was the unofficial ER translator from January 1967 to June 1967. The last 60 days of my tour I started to read and write Vietnamese.
- Sunday, December 19, 2004 at 18:24:23 (EST)
John Baldwin MD <jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 1968 - 1969
Association: Surgeon
Received a great letter from Maureen Brigante, wife of 24 Evac patient Andy Brigante, who was there from June 30 to July 8, 1967. He was wounded in his knee, and had Dr. Payne take good care of him. They would like to thank the great guys and ladies who fixed him. This was one year from my tour, so I do not know any of the tremendous staff that were there. If any of you know this patient or his doctor, contact him at his email: domsmema@hotmail.com. Thanks and a great Holiday Season!!! JB
- Saturday, December 04, 2004 at 07:32:19 (EST)
John N. Baldwin, MD <jnbaldwin@mlode.com>
Twain Harte, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 1968-1969
Association: Surgeon
On Thanksgiving I always remember 1968 when our teams operated on young Bruce Clark, torn by a hand-grenade, and who emerged from the OR blind, with one arm and half a leg, chest tubes and belly incision. His courage, bravery and sacrifice was beyond the call. His name is on the Wall, and he was from Cumberland, RI.
One of the thousands we cared for and unfortunately, one of the few who did not make it home.
In the years since, I have communicated with his sister Meredith and her husband Jack, who have been most grateful for information on how it all happened.
A book, just recently published, contains 100 prominent people who discuss values, from the Dalai Lama to Arnold Palmer. I am privileged to have written about Bruce Clark and his impact on my life and so many others. Title: "What Do You Stand For?" by Jim Lichtman. Check it out on amazon.com.
All of us who survived this 17 year conflict were changed, lives were destroyed and marriages lost. I tried to find some "good" in it all, and put it in this book for everyone to read.
Great Holidays to you and Bless our Country. John
- Saturday, November 27, 2004 at 16:42:28 (EST)
Joseph Patawaran <jnp1968@msn.com>
Sunset Beach, NC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 1970 - July 1971
Association: Stat. Clerk Registrar Section
Looking for anyone that worked in the Registrar section during this time. Please, Email me as I would love to hear from you guys. This includes the A&D section too.
- Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 11:46:11 (EST)
Jerome (Jerry) Walker <jkaawalker@sbcglobal.net>
Dallas, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: September 1968 - November 1969
Association: Medic
I worked on Wards 7 and 8. The experience was challenging and something that I will never forget for the rest of my life. I met a lot of good people and would like to know where they are now.
- Monday, November 15, 2004 at 06:11:17 (EST)
William Barry Randolph <barrtrandolph@sbcglobal.net>
Kermit, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: December 14 - 28, 1971
Association: Patient
Admitted with 106 temp. Diagnosed malaria and hepatitis. Treated by a Philapino as well as Americans. Thank you very much. Still cannot donate blood but body has held up to this point. I am looking for a DogHandler from LongBinh (Tim). He was bitten by a spider on patrol. His left side of face was paralized. Nurces stuck with needles and poked at him to no availe. He was in good spirits but couldn`t even drink through a straw. Do not remember Ward # but he was in same time in December 1971. If anyone can remember his last name it would be very much appreciated. Why we or I wait 33 years to look up bros we served with is a wonder. But we never forget. Just like to say WELCOME EVERY BODY.
- Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at 14:49:52 (EST)
Jon Hickey <jonhickey@earthlink.net>
Pinegrove, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: September 1969
Association: Patient
I was at the 24th the days after Ho Chi Minh died. I thought we had honored a cease fire for him but I remember a lot of casualties coming in there from rocket attacks. One guy I remember, a patient too, had shrapnel wounds on his neck and one in particular on his wrist. The shrapnel hit his watchband and lodged in it, saving his wrist. He made me laugh and that was tough due to the situation around us. I remember a WAC Nurse comforting me as I was coming off the morphine from an appendectomy surgery and there was an understandable move to save the morphine for those poor guys coming in out of the field. It all seems like just yesterday!
- Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at 14:47:35 (EST)
Roger Sebring <rkseb708@aol.com>
Clinton Twp, MI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1971 - 72
Association: Surgical Tech
I was stationed at the 24th only a short time before I was called home by the Red Cross because my mother was dying of cancer and I have carried the guilt of the not completing my tour since that time. To the people that I served with and left behind - I'm sorry.
- Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at 14:45:30 (EST)
Jill A. Mishkel <jamishkel@cox.net>
Portsmouth, VA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 1970 - July 1971
Association: Nurse on Wards 5 & 6
Still looking for people!
- Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at 14:43:33 (EST)
Richard King <rking8@houston.rr.com>
Houston, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 1966 to October 1966
Association: Registrars Office
New e-mail from that posted in a 2001 message. New link to my Vietnam photos form both the 24th Evac Hosp and the 3rd Surg.
- Saturday, October 23, 2004 at 20:49:22 (EDT)
Jim Barker <jbrx2794@neo.rr.com>
Stow, OH USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 69 to May 70
Association: pharmacist, perimeter guard, "unloading"the endless stream of choppers to er,
what a hospital! still beats the hell out of most today...we had a super co claude...name?...all served well through the "horror" of it all..still find myself crying now and then and wonder why?.......................peace....
- Sunday, September 12, 2004 at 03:14:41 (EDT) - Friday, September 10, 2004 at 07:54:10 (EDT)
Bob Milligan <r-milligan@sbcglobal.net>
North Canton, Ohio USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: End of February 1968
Association: Patient
Was at 24th. Evacuation Hospital after receiving wounds in a mess hall at Can Tho during tet 1968. I had just flown a two hour infra red mission in an OV-1 Mohawk in the Can Tho area. The huey cobras were proceeding to the area I photographed prior to me and another observer going to the mess hall at 0200. We were mortared while we were eating in the mess hall. I received shell fragment wounds to my head and right hand. I was medivacked to another location before going to Binh Long hospital. I received surgery at the 24th hospital and then flew out of Ton Son Nute on a C-141 to Japan. Recuperated at Camp Zama Hospital not far from Tokyo. I was with the 244th Aviation Co. (Delta Hawks) at Can Tho for 8 months before getting wounded. My wife and I now live in North Canton, Ohio.
- Wednesday, September 08, 2004 at 22:10:33 (EDT)
Bob Milligan <r-milligan@sbcglobal.net>
North Canton, Ohio USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March of 1968
Association: Patient
Was wounded in a mess hall on 25 Feb. 68, a mortar hit the roof. I was an airborne sensor on an ov-1 Mohawk. I picked up many hot target on my last flight before getting wounded. I ended up in Canp Zama, Japan Hospital. Was discharged at Oakland, Calif. on 25 May 1968. I was with the 244th Aviation Co. at Can Tho in the Mekong Delta. Our Unit was called the DELTA HAWKS. Now belong to the OV-1 Mohawk Association. Had surgery on my hand at the 24th. Evacuation Hospital and a fragment was removed from my hand. Worked 26 years with the USDA as a loan officer. Now have a lawn care business in Ohio. I also had a head wound on my left temple that was repaired in Japan.
- Thursday, September 02, 2004 at 01:07:12 (EDT)
Bill Zedler <bill@billzedler.org>
Arlington, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: June of 68 to June of 69
Association: Personnel Officer
I have signed up before, but my email address has changed. Thank you for the website. [Previous entries updated/Webmaster]
- Monday, August 30, 2004 at 20:33:04 (EDT)
Kenneth P Butke LTC RET
Springfield, VA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969 -1970
Association: Registrar
Because of Tom Ferri's interest in Ltc Ruth Webster I did some research and found out that she died last year in Australia. She went there after retirement because she enjoyed her R&R there from Vietnam. She had cancer. She enjoyed her time there and sent personal information to the Army Nurse Corps newspaper. I know Tom would join me is saying that she exemplified the very best that The Army Nurse Corps had to offer.
- Monday, August 30, 2004 at 14:26:01 (EDT)
Tom Ferri <tomann63@joimail.com>
Browns Mills, NJ USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1968 - 1969
Association: NCOIC -OR Tech- 6pm - 6am
LTC Ruth WEBSTER was my boss and the BEST nurse I ever met in the US Army or for that matter ANYWHERE! What a professional!! Great team in the OR and made many great friends, regrettably have only had contact with one of the team since NAM. But who knows, this entry may work!!
- Thursday, August 26, 2004 at 01:26:09 (EDT)
Kenneth P Butke LTC RET <kbutke@cox.net>
Springfield, VA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969 - 1970
Association: REGISTRAR
This is a response to WILLIAM MAHNKEN (below). Allegations regarding theft of personal property should have been made at the time of discharge from the hospital. There was also a chain of command within the 9th Infantry Division that could have provided you with assistance regarding your allegations. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done at this point in time to investigate or substantiate your allegations.
- Tuesday, August 03, 2004 at 08:36:10 (EDT)
Robert W Williams <N5576Q@aol.com>
Portland, TN USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Feb 69 - Apr 70
Association: Nurse Anesthetist
Was at the reunion in DC. It was a fantastic experience. I would love to hear from anyone that was at the 24th.
- Sunday, August 01, 2004 at 22:41:15 (EDT)
painting <Machinetop@yahoo.com>
San Diego, CA USA
Great Site! I love it. I'll be back soon!
- Friday, July 30, 2004 at 23:24:37 (EDT)
William Mahnken <BILLMAH@COMCAST.NET>
Long Branch, NJ
I was at the 24th Evac from: Feb 3 1967
Association: Patient
I was med evac from 9th Inf. Area of Op .in the Delta with my squad. I was hit on the right side of my neck. When they checked me in there was a Spec.4 with red hair, I gave him my wallet, gold chain with gold cross, comb and my 9th Infantry Div gold ring he put them in a brown envelope and put it in the safe. I stayed in there for 2 weeks. When I was discharged they gave me the contents of the envelope and the comb was the only thing that I got back, robbed by people that were supposed to be friendly. I would like to find my ring if anybody knows of it's whereabouts. I would like to have it back. It's only been 37 years thank you. Thank you. [ See reply above by Kenneth P Butke LTC RET]
- Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at 11:53:58 (EDT)
Blga R. Bradley <olga.r.bradley@us.army.mil>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Ramirez
Salado, TX
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 1968 - May 1969
Association: Nurse
Worked with Mel Libby, Chris Cook, Richard Dunn and others on Wards 5-6.
- Monday, July 26, 2004 at 17:07:45 (EDT)
Frank Makinster <frankmakinster@yahoo.com>
Cedar Falls, IA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 26 ,1968 to June 1, 1968
Association: Patient
On May 26th A bunker collapsed on three of us at B bat 2nd of the 40th,199th. I'm trying to locate a Ronald W. Gallo from Ct.!!! A VA form list him as having some knowledge about My injury. Most noticed was My right lung had deflated, And during the night a nurse told Me it was refilling with air(sounded like a balloon being filled with air). My back I received compensation for But my right hip area they reject for lack of proof. What became of the medical records of 24th evac? I was in ward 13 register no 13274. Thank you for your help Past and Present. Best Regards, Frank Makinster
- Friday, July 16, 2004 at 14:10:09 (EDT)
Paul
My last name while in Vietnam was: Mayfield
East St. Louis, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1970
Association: Medical Corpsman, Wards 9 & 10
- Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at 15:25:21 (EDT)
Gregory M Stotts Sp5

I was at the 24th Evac from: 2 Dec 1970
Association: Wounded
i was struck by the tail rotor of a cobra. The skill and love and prayers of the 24th saved my life. Thank you for all the skill an kindness yall showed me. It was such a change when I went to Japan where their work load was so much lighter than yall were but your care an kindness was far above theirs. God bless all of you who served so noble.
- Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at 06:43:56 (EDT)
Michael L. Wolfe<dwolfe710@aol.com>
Beaver Dam, KY USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1971-72
Association: medic ambulance section
Would like to hear from anyone.
- Monday, July 12, 2004 at 13:03:40 (EDT)
Jill A. Mishkel <jamishkel@cox.net>
Portsmouth, VA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 1970 to July 1971
Association: Nurse - Ward 5 & 6
Still seems like a dream on some days, and on others, like it was yesterday. Lots of people I'd like to find. Good health to all!
- Monday, July 12, 2004 at 12:03:12 (EDT)
Mary Ann Dennis <madennis@netnitco.net>
Crown Point, IN USA
Association: Wife
I want to thank all the men and women who served and are serving our country. This is your day today, we celebrate you. My husband was with the first unit at 24th Evacuation Hospital and helped build it. Just want to say to all job well done. God bless you, Mary Ann Dennis
- Sunday, July 04, 2004 at 23:22:08 (EDT)
Ken Bowen <kmmpbow@aol.com>
Lakewood , CO
I was at the 24th Evac from: Feb 1967 - Jan 1968
Association: X-ray Tech
A slight correction for my friend Mel and also Danny Cunningham. The CO was COL GI Baker and the SMAJ was Crawford.
- Saturday, July 03, 2004 at 00:42:58 (EDT)
Mel Libby
Durand, Mich USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept 1967 to Nov 1968
Association: Corpsman Nerosurgery
Hello all~~I was just checking for any new updates and came across something I hadn't seen before. For the year 1967 there's 4 pics on Gen Westmoreland. The one with the Gen, Col Crawford & SGM Baker.In the rear on the right is Ken Lattin (clerk from Calif) and next to him with camera is myself. I remember taking pictures that day and have a few ~~some similar to the ones by Daniel Cunningham. I had to look twice and zoom a little to be sure it was me -- cuz back then I had "dark" hair and more of it!! Take care---Mel
- Thursday, July 01, 2004 at 19:27:43 (EDT)

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