Around the Medics
As the only one posted to Vietnam at the time with a Boiler Inspector's Ticket It fell to me to keep an eye on the hospital autoclavs and also keep an eye on their instruments. I sometime wrote off a perfectly good set of instruments so they would have an extra set.
A lot of the surgeons who came up on the 6 week stint bought their own. To my knowledge they all did. The extra instruments were used as back up. The instruments at 8 Fd. Amb. were issue and not used much except when a dustoff was being used and the soldier might not make it. Digger James was there in my day and I got to know him very well.
To give a taste of what casuality evacuation entailed I am attaching a series of photos from 1968, I think, given to me at the time by one of the Orderlies
From left .. Doctors Major Boyle and Major Gregg, and, Orderly Sgt Turnbull
Start of the journey Home via Wallaby Airlines