498th Medical Company- Air Ambulance
Fort Benning, Georgia
authorized: 141 soldiers
14 UH-60A aircraft
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OFFICIAL HOME OF THE 498TH MEDICAL COMPANY (TODAY)
AT FT. BENNING
provided by Cpt. Mike Pouncey
498th Medical Co., Ft. Benning, Ga.
the following is borrowed from Toma Grubb and the 159th website
John Cook's book, "Rescue Under Fire," describes several of the "miracles" performed by DUSTOFF and MEDEVAC crews.
But one that happened to CPT Walter Mueller in a 498th Med DUSTOFF is well worth repeating.
Mueller responded to an urgent request to evacuate a wounded 1st Cav soldier from a rice paddy 30 Ks northwest of Nha Trang. The soldier was said to be suffering from a sucking chest wound. It was getting dark when the DUSTOFF reached the PZ. The troops on the ground told him that the man had died after they had radioed the request but they had two other wounded. Mueller landed and saw the man they had come for lying face down wrapped in a poncho. He agreed to evacuate the body with the other wounded. SGT. Sullivan, the medic, was helping load the body when he heard a very faint moan. Sullivan quickly stripped the poncho from the supposedly dead man. Though seriously wounded, with a large bullet hole in his chest, the man was alive. Sullivan administered to him, Mueller made a mad dash for the 8th Field Hospital in Nha Trang. This miracle hinged on a number of coincidences happening in the right order. When the man had stopped breathing, his buddies had wrapped him in a poncho and place him face down on the damp ground. The poncho and the man's weight, combining with the wet ground, had sealed the chest wound, allowing him to start breathing again. Had they placed him on his back, he would have died. Had there been a full load of wounded, he would have laid there until the normal "back haul" the next morning. Had Sullivan not been so quick and skilled and Mueller not agreeing to haul a dead body, this man would have died. At Nha Trang, the soldier underwent surgery and later recovered completely.
Some days are better than others. This was a good day for this soldier!!
the following is provided by Scott Cunningham and Paul Ferguson
(498th alumnai )
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY HEADQUARTERS
498th MEDICAL COMPANY (AIR AMB)
498th MEDICAL COMPANY (AIR AMB) NEWSLETTER
1. The third quarter of FY 70 has come to a close on a rapidly changing situation. The deactivation of the 43rd Medical Group on 15 Jan 70 resulted in the 498th Medical Company (Air Amb) being assigned to the 67th Medical group in Da Nang. However, on 11 Feb 70 the 61st Medical Battalion was reassigned from Cam Ranh Bay to Qui Nhon with the 498th Medical Company (Air Amb) being assigned to it. The 61st Medical Battalion became operational on 26 Feb 70 controlling all Dustoff resources in northern II Corps and all of I Corps. The 283rd Medical Detachment (HA) remained under the command and control of the 498th Medical Company (Air Amb). The 247th Medical Detachment (HA) and the 254th Medical Detachment (HA) remained in southern II Corps and was reassigned to the 45th Medical Company (AA), 68th Medical Group. On 1 Mar 70 the 44th Medical Brigade was deactivated and the US Army Medical Command, Vietnam (Prov) was activated. As a result all medical activities in Vietnam are now USARV units and are authorized to wear the USARV arm patch. Needless to say the turnover in higher headquarters has kept the Administration Officer and Motor Officer constantly busy changing the names of next higher headquarters on correspondence, SOP’s, and vehicles, to name a few.
2. Major personnel changes occurred during this quarter. Of most significance was the departure of LTC Henry Capozzi to the 44th Medical brigade as aviation staff officer on 1 Feb 70. His successor proved very capable in filling the large shoes left behind, as MAJ William “Bill” Carroll took control. Having been a charter member of the 498th Medical Company (Air Amb) MAJ Bill Carroll continued the outstanding leadership of the unit. As Bill could not be induced to extend his tour in RVN , he was then succeeded by MAJ Henry “Hank” Mayer on 26 Mar 70. Our dynamic executive officer, MAJ Don Bissell, departed on 30 Jan 70. MAJ Carroll held down the XO slot thereafter until he assumed command. The operations was MAJ Hank Mayer’s bag until MAJ Frank Gilliam arrived. When MAJ Mayer took command in March, the Executive Officer slot remained untilled leaving MAJ Gilliam doubling in that position in addition to holding down Operations. MAJ Gilliam was an in-country transfer from the 237th Medical Detachment (HA) at Quang Tri. CPT Eldon Ideus replaced MAJ Loucks as Commanding Officer of the 283rd Medical Detachment (HA) at Pleiku RVN. CW2 Gerald Koermer has become the Maintenance Platoon Leader. If nothing else, these changes kept everyone in the unit wondering who their boss was. The present Flight Platoon Leaders are CPT Charles Gilford, CPT Jimmy Alexander, and LT Roy Laird.
3. With the deactivation of the 43rd Medical group came a change in our area of operations. We now have responsibility for II Corps North with the southern boundary following the river at Tuy Hoa to the Pleiku Province and further west along the provincial border. this change affected our field sites in that the two-ship stand-by at Phu Hiep was given to the 254th Medical Detachment. The two-ship stand-by held by the 283rd Medical Detachment (HA) was also transferred to the 254th Medical Detachment. The 283rd now has the luxury of having all six aircraft assigned to their home base.