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- DescriptionIn war an in peace, in good weather and bad, the helicopter has proven itself over and over again.It has been used for medical evacuations, search and rescue missions, as well as for simple transportation. Among the thousands of personnel who have flown on helicopters, the U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsmen did so as an aircrew members, as patients, or as passengers. Between 1962 and 2007 fifty-seven of these men lost their lives. These corpsmen were killed far from their homes in places like Vietnam, Cambodia, Afghanistan and Iraq, over both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, as well as the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and the American Southwest. This book tells the individualized story of each man, some stories accompanied by comments from family or friends. In addition, there are stories about sixteen other corpsmen who did t perish and lived to provide their personal experiences. One of these stories is about a senior female enlisted corpsman who flew evacuations in Iraq and went on to serve in Afghanistan as well. This book will provide an in-depth look at the evolution of the Navy's medical evacuation system, the levels of care from the battlefield to back home and the type of care provided at each level; the various helicopters used over the years, from the famous UH-34D to the Osprey; and it will look at the training opportunities that are offered to today's Navy Corpsmen. This is the first book to be written that offers such a unique collection of tales about Navy Corpsmen associated with helicopters who have all demonstrated courage and selflessness, and in some cases made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country.
- Author BiographyIn 1966 I enlisted in the Navy and subsequently two and a half years later found myself flying medical evacuations with the Marines in Vietnam. After my enlistment ended in 1970, I returned to Washington State where I majored in Political Science at a nearby college. In 1971, I returned to healthcare and in 1974 graduated from the prestigious Physician Assistant Program of Northeastern University's Bouve College of Health Sciences in Boston. My profession has taken me to work in settings as diverse as the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline, with on the Makah Indian Reservation; in small communities along the coastline of Washington State and Southern California; in clinical research at the University of Washington, in surgical research, Psychiatry and in Neurosurgery with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Seattle. In addition to writing and working in healthcare, I am also a Freelance Photographer specializing in the documentation of exercises, taining, and conferences related to Homeland Security, disaster and emergency management. My wife Lorna and our two dogs, Jesse and Ivan. make our home in Bellevue, Washington. LUMINOUS BASE is my first book and my second book is entitled INTREPID SOULS.
- Author(s)Bruce Williams-Burden
- Date of Publication22/03/2010
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectMilitary History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight422 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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