EVACUATION OF US WOUNDED FROM THE BATTLEFIELD

Created: 6/30/1967

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wounded soldiersattle weru accorded thetreatment ae the VC vo^iaiuncluded battlefieldstop the bleeding. Cadres were suprose to have indicated thatsoldiers were to be buried where they wers Source hadof any such burial. Instructions had bean given to combatunits not to hurt the US wouixoJ but to give them theattention andom with care, lliere was noassigned to evacjato the UC it tin neceeaary toUS wounded it would be dorsf tne weight of theor four VC would alternate inJ :he llttei. Usually thewere found after tha VC wouMe-'ih* wounded wereevacuated in order of btlng found, - taken from theimmediately. While being trvnopor&od to tlio meiioal campfrom the battle area, theounded hare csrrlodbv two men guarded by adid *^

not believe they could succeed ir.ounded prisoner did attempt to escape the VC were to cbice but not ahoot the escapee. ounded soldiert run very far, and en American soldier waa of moro use alive than dead. Sourco thoughtould be used forut had no knowledge of ttbai ortral uoe waa made of the prisoners.

Wounded American prisoners vere givwn tho same medical treatment as the VC's at the medical camp, ir tha Americans did not eat rice, they were given milk. Source did not know the security precautions* taken regarding US prisoners in the camp, but no special cnap area was designated for thea. Once the American wounded were treated in the camp thoy were not detained for interrogation or for extensive medical treatment but were evacuated from the camp as soon as possible, Sourco believed tho wounded would be too tired at that time to bu of any use for interrogation. The wounded, whether VO or Arwric^n, vera evhfrom the camp In the order in which they had been received for treatment. They were moved out gradually in litters and hammocks. There vas no special team for American evacuees. American soldiora wert moved to an unknown location and it was not known whether lt differed frm tho VC location. Bearers did not return to the medical camp.

C did notounded American well, he would be punished. The following were cons5dereu offenses: leek of attention suah ae jarring (bumpingree) while tirnsportlng the injured; failure toounded men; threats to the injured such as saying he would not be bandaged;how of anger towardnjured. Other VC would hear the threat and report ituperior; such cases of maltreatment and throats were rare. If there were miademeanoro, the guilty VC member would be publicly crltici'ied .before tho company. The firat offense was not recorded on the VC's record but repeated offense* war" recorded and punishment by public criticism In front ofn prersistant offender would lose the truat Qf^hir superiors, be removed rom his Job and put under surveillance. ft

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