Vietnam War picture of US Medical Advisory Team visting Vietnamese village. Description                                                                                            (Vietnam War Picture ID #PD000200)

As a crucial element of US Advisory Team operations during the Vietnam War, creating medical dispensary centers within remote villages was a primary objective.

 

Most of the villages were only accessible by helicopter and would be visited regularly by a team of US medical personnel.  Each team would be comprised of three to four specialists that would provide critical medical treatment to villagers and also  supplies to be used in their absence.  A team’s area of responsibility may encompass up to 40 such villages.

 

This particular image was captured in a village 30 minutes flying time from Xuan Loc.  Faced with a wide range of patients, it was common for the medical teams to treat a full spectrum of diseases and infections from paediatric to geriatric patients.

 

 

US soldiers Xuan Loc Vietnam. Description                                                                                            (Vietnam War Picture ID #PD000201)

This image depicts the main base of operations for Detachment B-31 of the 5th Special Forces Group during the Vietnam War.  Their main mission was to support civil action programs and cooperative efforts with ARVN counterparts. 

 

 

Description                                                                                            (Vietnam War Picture ID #PD000202)

The basic existence for children in rural Vietnam during the period of the conflict is evident in this photograph captured in a village in the vicinity of Tahn Linn.  A typical example of villages serviced by US Advisory Medical Teams, this village is remote and can only be accessed by air.  A village of this size would be comprised of up to 100 small dwellings made entirely of local vegetation and would have a total population of approximately 400. 

 

While children in these villages would only have the most basic clothing and rarely any footwear, donations from medical teams would provide much needed essentials. 

 

 

Vietnam War patient in US Medical dispensary. Description                                                                                            (Vietnam War Picture ID #PD000203)

Common to many of the patients treated in village dispensaries serviced by US Advisory Medical Teams, this patient suffered from skin infections and other general health issues.

 

Often a patient would bring their own living supplies to live within the dispensary for long periods while recovering.  A dispensary of this size would often house up to 12 beds to be used for treatment for the village and surrounding area.  The patient would remain within the dispensary for the duration of their illness and would await regular visits by the US Medical Teams.

 

 

Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army weapons captured by US troops. Description                                                                                            (Vietnam War Picture ID #PD000204)

Weapons confiscated from enemy forces during typical operations during 1965 in the “rice bowl” or the Tahn Linn village area.  These ARVN soldiers display a range of riffles and automatic arms taken from the field of battle that will no longer be a threat to their operations.  Weapons recovery was a cooperative effort between ARVN and US Military Advisory Teams.