Vietnam, 1968-1969: A place and a year like no other

Patrick J. Kelly, James T. Goodrich, J. Gordon McComb, Michael E. Carey

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THE VIETNAM WAR touched a generation of Americans with its human tragedy, sacrifice, and strife. In terms of casualties, it was the fourth most costly war in American history. However, despite a monumental military effort and modern technology, the war was lost as support from the American public and its elected officials waned. Now, in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, as we embark on what might well be another protracted war, lessons from the Vietnam experience become relevant. On a positive note, a refined system for the triage, management, and evacuation of wounded military personnel evolved in Vietnam. A wounded soldier could actually be at a well-equipped base hospital within minutes after injury. At those facilities, casualties had a more than 90% chance of survival, despite some of the most horrific wounds in the history of warfare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)927-943
Number of pages17
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Richard C. Schneider Lecture
  • Vietnam War

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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