US Marines evacuate the wounded, Vietnam, 1966. The introduction of the helicopter in great numbers made medevac significantly more successful than in previous wars. Time from liftoff to arrival at a major facility was often less that 1 and 1/2 hours.
warinvietnam: DONG HA, SOUTH VIET NAM: Bearing a heavy load, a Marine carries a wounded buddy away from scene of battle as a fellow Leatherneck (rear) lends a hand, 9/17. Marine was wounded in an engagement with Communists some 20 miles northwest of Dong Ha.UPI TELEPHOTO BY JOHN SCHNEIDER