Combat Medic Question - Page 3




 
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December 24th, 2005  
AJChenMPH
 
 
Chief, do you know their names? You could look them up on the Congressional Medal of Honor Society site at www.cmohs.org.
May 20th, 2007  
bulldogg
 
 
Update... the US Army Combat Medic (**** this euphemistic b******t of "medical specialist") is now 68W, please make a note of it. Thank you. Goodbye.
May 20th, 2007  
Padre
 
 
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Originally Posted by Chief Bones
I remember two young men that chose not to carry weapons on the battlefield. They were both Mormons that were drafted during the height of the Vietnam War and they carried the label "conscientious objector" with pride but still opted to serve the military as medics. I met them just a short while after reporting to my unit. They were serving with the First Cav. My unit had members of 1C that were tasked with maintaining the perimeter surrounding our transmitter/receiver site. While taking fire from the VC, I saw these same young men with bullets falling all around them dart out into no-man's land to retrieve soldiers who had fallen to incoming fire. Time and time again they placed their lives on the line so that others might live. I would like to say that they survived their service in Vietnam but that is just one of the nightmares that destroyed so many hours of my sleep. While trying to retrieve one of my best friends, both medics were killed by a salvo of incoming mortars.

I believe that both men were nominated for the Medal of Honor but I am not positive. I was transferred shortly after this tragedy and have lost contact with members of my unit that could have answered my questions.

IF YOU EVER DECIDE TO REALLY BECOME A BATTLEFIELD MEDIC YOU COULD NOT CHOOSE ANY BETTER EXAMPLES TO EMULATE.
Chief, was a movie made about those Mormon medics? Maybe I have the wrong war but I'm sure I have heard of some movie honouring the service of Mormon soldiers / medics ???

Also, my understanding is that under the G & H Conventions, medics and chaplains do not lose thier non-combatant status if they have only a side-arm for self protection or to protect their patients or in the case of chaplains their holy wine supplies.
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May 20th, 2007  
bulldogg
 
 
You are correct about the sidearm. And I believe the movie you are thinking of is "Saints and Soldiers".