A U.S. Army Bell H-13 carrying two seriously wounded United Nations Soldiers prepares to touch down at a frontline airstrip in Korea in 1952. The Combat Cargo C-54 in the background will airlift them to a medical facility in Japan.
Medevac technology advanced substantially by the beginning of the Korean War six years later, and helicopter evacuation became standard procedure. Some 17,000 Soldiers were medevac'ed from harm's way during the Korean conflict, most in cots attached to the side of the aircraft. The Korean War wounded survived their injuries in far greater numbers than in World War II.