Veteran's Voice on 06/17/11
Co-hosts Marvin Simmons and Bill Bires interview Arlene Edwards, who was a nurse in Vietnam at the 45th Surgical Hospital in 1968. The 45th was first organized in 1943 at Camp White, Oregon as the 45th Portable Hospital. It was designed to be carried by men, pack animals or vehicles.
During the Vietnam War the operational site for the 45th was near Tay Ninh, South Vietnam. The 45th treated thousands of soldiers, the vast majority of whom were severely wounded combat casualties. On numerous occasions during the TET Offensive in early 1968 and at other times, personnel worked around the clock to care for the large number of casualties.