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Medevac

During the Vietnam War, Medevac teams relied on the Bell UH-1 helicopter, nicknamed the "Huey." Spacious enough to transport medical personnel, equipment, and the wounded, Hueys dramatically reduced the delay between injury and treatment. Medical personnel could triage Soldiers the moment the aircraft "dusted off," in many cases long before they arrived at a field hospital. This marked enhancement in battlefield medical care resulted in a reduction of the mortality rate to one death per 100 casualties. During the Vietnam conflict, helicopter ambulances moved over 900,000 wounded troops.

  • A Vietnam-era Medevac team, called a Dustoff crew, transports a wounded Soldier from the battlefield. Their Bell UH-1 “Huey” helicopters became worldwide icons of the United States Army.