Vietnam Veterans of America
Gary Hutchison Memorial Chapter 1028
The 71st Evacuation Hospital’s first patient was admitted on May 29th, 1967, and the hospital became a fully
operational 400 bed facility on October 25, 1967. The 71st Evac was situated in a very active and hostile area
and was frequently the object of enemy attacks. During the period 3-24 November 1967, the hospital
experienced one of its most demanding tests as a mass casualty situation existed as a result of battles at
Dak To. There were over 1600 admissions and 1359 patients were evacuated. During the Tet Offensive in
1968, the 71st received 1670 casualties from Dak To, Kontum and Hue. In 1970 the 71st was deactivated and
returned to the states. The 14th Medical Detachment assumed the 71st responsibilities in Pleiku.
It's been decades since we served.  But to many of us, it seems like only
yesterday. Today we are old and slow, but once we were young and swift.
For those who never knew us then; and for those who can't remember
when, take a look back at
the way we were:
The Way We Were
Bill Biddle
Major Biddle under the influence of Bamie Ba, Saigon 1969.  Bill served with the 3rd Field
Hospital in Saigon, the 71st Evacuation Hospital and the 44th Medical Detachment in Pleiku
as Chief Nurse and Chief Anesthetist
At 3rd Field Hospital, Saigon 1969 --Short-timer's calendar.
Bill cutting cake for Army Nurse Corps Birthday at 14th
Medical Detachment, Pleiku 1971
Friendly python at 3rd Field Hospital, Saigpn 1969
3rd Field Hospital
71st Evacuation Hospital
44th Medical Detachment