air. Splints, arm and leg, were useful, but the aid stations
Hydran Burners: Hydran burners, with thermos equipment
Any method to relieve front line medical personnel of any
Technician, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously, 9 officers
in action, one is missing, 45 were wounded in action, no medical officer
peeps, with rations, or anyway he could devise. by the station of the 3d platoon of Company D, 107th Medical Bn., a part
The poor performance of the 32nd Division at Buna was not surprising given the circumstances surrounding its first combat deployment.
Battalion surgeons set up stations close to the enemy under fire, not because
Patients handled: Sick: 6. fractures were radically debrided, separated fragments of bone were removed,
In fact, the tactical
No. much surgery was also performed. on 21 November the balance of the Combat Team caught up with the 2d Bn.
The 3d Bn.
In the early
2. Blood plasma was used very extensively where indicated. The 127th Combat Team, after the reduction of the Jap resistance at
This operation took place on 20 October 1944 and by days' end two entire corps of the US Sixth Army had stormed ashore and begun the drive inland.
to each infantry battalion.
It remained in the line until the last organised Japanese resistance on Leyte was broken at the end of December.
as many responsibilities as any First Sergeant now authorized in other
13. awaiting orders or transport to the front. however, that these units are not portable in that they are not able to
This unit made one set up,
Often the 2d Field Hospital became
80 miles, leaving over half their equipment behind. 1942 totaled 1534 Americans, 585 Australians, 129 natives, an average of
of the 114th Engineer Bn., arriving at Port Moresby 26 November 1942.
Five gallon oil cans served multiple purposes as pails, stew kettles, coffee
The landings took place on 27 May but the island was not finally cleared of its defenders until 17 August.
and promptly from these Admission and Disposition Sheets, and the possibility
been impossible to restore the medical records destroyed by enemy action. From there all cases were evacuated to the evacuation hospitals at Dobadura. In case of any bone involvement, plaster of paris molds were
Moresby. From my personnel collection: This is one piece of hard to come by U. S. Army 107th Medical Battalion (4-3/4" high by 2=1/2" wide) hand sewn felt patch, with outstanding stitched details, in brand new (never issued) condition. Technicians, Grade V (instead of one now authorized), One Clerk, Record
severe going over during the Buna Campaign - deliberately. necessary are a blotter and daily Admission and Disposition Sheet. Without them the problem
support of their assigned Battalion.
9th Portable Hospital - (parent unit, 12th Station Hospital) attached
Endaiadere, Strip point, all of the "Old Stripe" and most of the "New Strip"
Pongani. from Hariko to Dobadura, furnishing treatment and nursing care to the patients
Medical Supply Officer: Medical Administrative Corps
-- the front needed the supplies -- and got them. warm meals a day, one is a vital necessity. forms will be hurriedly prepared, and will be found inaccurate by clerks
This came with Japan's unconditional surrender on 15 August and thus the 32nd was spared its intended role on Honshu.
or on the Admission and Disposition Sheets, a saving of much time in figuring
in the early hours of morning.
(Patients credited to 22d Portable Hospital). All Activity; Home ; 107th Fighter Squadron ; All Activity; Home ; 107th Fighter Squadron ; About Us. on patrol duty, and not uncommon that they were also wounded or killed. He stages of combat, when the troops were moving over the Owen Stanley and
During the month the following medical units also serviced this battalion: The 44th, 45th, 67th and 107th Evacuation Hospitals.
from that particular unit. The
Cable, Queensland for New Guinea via Liberty Ship, accompanied by the balance
from the portable hospitals to the 128th Combat Team Clearing Station at
The l26th Infantry Combat Team clearing station established three stations,
Battle Casualties: 292. miles of coast and evacuated to Embogu. At present
barges, small boats, and almost anything that would float were used to
ve action, including patrols.
did not establish a station, preferring to work with the clearing platoon
The 2nd Battalion, 126th Regiment, was immediately committed to a flanking march over the Owen Stanleys to support the Australian counter-attack over the Kokoda Track.
came through in adequate amount at all times.
The Field Range, M-1937, was too heavy to handle for any distances
A total of 1161 medical
end of the campaign when transportation was finally made available and
1942, in two separate attacks, the Japs bombed and strafed the 14 tent
for their richly deserved rest period. by the Japs around the air strips. 32d Infantry Division, World War II. heavier.
The Eighth Army took over all responsibility for operations on Luzon while the Sixth Army prepared for Operation "Olympic", the first stage in the planned invasion of Japan. of organizational and personal equipment and medical supplies. This page was contributed by Mr Damien Fenton (Australian War Memorial)
stations was 904, 432 Battle Casualties, 472 Sick and Injured. it over the Hydrographers Range. Mess equipment for all medical units was too heavy without adequate
to the following: Malaria, exhaustive states, gastro-enteritis, dengue
which served the purpose of keeping the commanding officer informed as
Battle Casualties: 373. This hospital
station and the portable hospital. ssaulted the Japanese bastions of Gona and Sanananda on its left.
with the combat team. Arrived on the Buna Front 25 December 1942 and set up station in the
own auties, forwarding medical supplies by returning litter bearers, ammunition
of that combat team, the 127th, seeing action 10 December 1942. the other Combat Teams, transported the 127th Infantry Combat Team with
Shortages of shipping meant that the last of the 32nd's units did not return from Papua until early April 1943.  Elements of the 107th and 507th Engineer Battalions served with the 20th Engineer Brigade …
all who participated, may produce a definite reduction of fever in the
the things he needs are at the bottom and he has to unload the entire kit. AMEDD MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS
The highest total transported to the
Otherwise, it would have
Quantity: Custom crafted patch please allow extra time for delivery. over and joined the rest of their regiment at Warisota for a well deserved
were with friends who could and did help them along. peace and quiet so urgently needed after so long under fire. As medical personnel became depleted through sickness or enemy action,
The other portion of the
the incident repeating itself many times later when Advance Base had urgently
10. completed their move
Injuries: 0. too bulky for efficient carrying. Total:
This was reflected in the performance of those elements of the Division that took part in the regimental amphibious operations at Saidor (2 January-10 February 1944) and Yalau Plantation (5 March-14 April 1944). only rare instances of vomiting during recovery and none during induction. Active set ups: Juare, 31 October-4 November 1942. cases that could be transported by peep were taken when and where the trails
All troops were required to take a malaria cure and were encamped in
One and all agree
to Hariko, and from there to Dobadura, then Port Moresby with the l28th
which was attached to the 1st Bn,, 126th Infantry, and located on the Sinemi-Buna
could not be evacuated when the transport planes could not fly. Now they
After the campaign, clone troopers belonging to 104th Battalion bore distinct dark blue markings on their armor, and the symbol was redesigned to honor their fallen comrades.[source?]
moved up behind the collecting station. The type of terrain fought over, the type of combat
In combat each man must do his assigned job or weaken the combined effort,
etc., but estimates at best were poor substitutes for the accuracy of figures
to the front 28 December 1942. When possible the collecting platoon operated an aid station in the
could be used whenever needed - as a surgical hospital, a treatment hospitals
During the hours of light, enemy
Arrangements for the surrender of Japanese forces in the Philippines were not finalized until the 3 September but for the men of the 32nd their war effectively ended on 15 August when an order was received from Eighth Army headquarters to cease all aggressi
the 126th Combat Team on the Buna Front 31 December 1942, the first units
miles below the 126th Combat Team Clearing Station; 28 December 1942. Staff sergeant (not now authorized)
behind Buna, 4 - 28 December 1942, when this clearing station was replaced
A comparison is invited between
kept a record of their admissions and dispositions, whether it was called
The Medical Administrative Officer with the 128th Infantry Combat
supply officers of combat troops can forward items urgently needed when
the Report of Sick and Wounded necessary for units to fill out would be
It is felt that in some cases
ten days through the swamps to make the trip. needed items flown in. The medical supply situation was acute at first. C, 107th Medical Bn., attached to this combat team established and maintained
for their own safety. A number of regimental and battalion commanders were also dismissed. of evacuation would have been tremendous. Officer should be included in the Table of Organization, Medical Detachment,
The portable hospitals on the coast, notably the 14th and 22d, underwent
These operations were designed to cut off Japanese forces retreating from the Huon Peninsula and allow the construction of a forward airfield at Saidor while the 5th Australian Division advanced up the coast from the south. If necessary surgical dressings were changed. Native bearers, native canoes, landing
the next day, the hospital moved to a new location nearer the air strips
This clearing. permitted from the clearing station to Dobadura. by the 163d Infantry Combat Team of the 41st Division on or about 7 January
Battle Casualties: 210. a forty pound load is considered a maximum individual load to be taken
Papuan Campaign proved to be self-sufficient and adequate.
The 128th Combat Team returned to Port Moresby by air 4--5 February
To load these
landed from planes and boats.
Bn., 126th with the left flank of the 128th Combat Team worked on the air
This was the only instance where
This hospital capably fulfilled its duties as the evacuating point for
120th Field Artillery Battalion No. the battalion and regimental aid sections, also no accurate count was kept
All battalion aid stations, regimental aid stations, collecting companies
or walked to the portable hospitals or clearing stations. These locations were preparatory and climatizing camps
vicinity of the portable hospital. This clearing station handled 1879 patients, 200 Battle Casualties, 1679
in fevers. out of a station or general hospital and attached to the division, one
They did operate as closely as 50 yards, but this is not recommended.
If these Admission and Disposition
Equipment was radioed for and received from Port Moresby by plane the following
forces of the 32d Division was essentially the same. From Dobadura the patients were evacuated by transport plane to
even fought with the infantry when their own lives were endangered.
14. against the Japanese defenses on Cape Endaiadere.
by air. Australians and the 128th Combat Team had cleaned up Giropa Point and the
collecting companies, portable hospitals, and clearing stations that can
Gas stoves, kerosene stoves, heating
These orders were carried out but at great cost to the Division's preparedness. back from the coast to Horanda, thence to Dobadura. communications and transportation make it a poor policy to follow if reports
On 2 January 1943 the 127th Combat Team took Buna Mission, the
until the 3d Bn. Of those killed and wounded in action, 5 were killed by one bomb while
in each detachment, to be responsible and care for the tremendous amount
between 2 to 5 am and taken to the airport, to follow ammunition and rations
Nevertheless the task force's performance was noted for its aggressiveness and efficiency, particularly in regard to its fighting patrols - always a sound indicator of morale and ability. to the 3d Bn., 127th Infantry Combat Team.
On 24 November 1942 the 18th Portable Hospital joined the 128th
The harsh reality of the New Guinea climate came as a terrible shock to the inexperienced soldiers of the 32nd. Patients handled: Sick: 622. boats, sick and wounded were taken by canoe from beaches to boats off shore
of the 126th and the 128th Task Forces. Not Specified Reports To . It had to be near a trail to the front line, and, in most
463. Sick: 271.
The 22d Portable Hospital functioned as a
Combat Team established a clearing station at Bootless.
fact that the Technical Sergeant now authorized handles 126 men and has
of Giropa point. heavy and could not be carried across the rugged terrain encountered, and
The constant strafing of trail and ocean traffic became so hazardous
Three bombers came over
the 14th Portable Hospital took over from the 22d at Hariko, then moved
It is a privilege and a pleasure to here commend the "Wairopi Patrol"
This proved the adaptability of the Portable Hospital in combat. The 1st and 3d Bn. Pentothal. or more, some of the patients for the second time.
Failure to take along at least one half of the personnel of administrative
From then until 28 December
Crews worked a vehicle on fire and a fence between the houses. Company d (AVIM) began as Administrative Company, 37th … Hq., marched to Emo Mission-Oro Bay-Embogu, and then down native trails
half remaining in Buna, and the other half establishing between Siwori
previous attempts to land at the. The primary purpose first of all was to save the individuals
survivors of this bombing, were picked up along a stretch of seven or eight
Medical Department No. Australian, Sick
of losing EMTs would be cut down radically. Bns on their march was furnished by 2 platoons of Company C, 107th Medical
other medical units in operation.
to be late in compilation.
men at the front did not receive any hot food for several meals, even days. Port Moresby. serial number and diagnosis, for their own information. They marched with the infantry, were under fire with the infantry, and
It would be hard to give an exact estimate of the number
strips at Wanigela and Pongani, though several were sent by boat to Milne
than continuing evacuation of the battalion until 8 December when this
Two medical officers
Sanananda, rested in the Buna Area, returned to Port Moresby, and reached
After nearly three weeks of withstanding repeated Japanese assaults against this line the 32nd Division counter-attacked on 31 July.
On 4 December the unit moved from Hariko to behind the 1st Bn.,
Price: $25.00. Injuries: 5. Active set ups: One half mile east of Hariko, 19 November-22 December
Blakely. Meanwhile the rest of the 32nd was moved from Aitape to Hollandia in anticipation of its role in the American invasion of Leyte. elements of the 126th Combat Team reached Bofu on the other side of the
for one man for a day. 1252
as the time and distance involved made no great difference, and too, they
The 14th Portable Hospital immediately sent out from Embogu
scarcity of boats they could not be moved until 9 January 1943 when they
amputations were left wide open after saving as much skin as possible.
Sick ant Injured, in the combat area. reason, and plenty not within reason. the lst Bn. over 83 a day. 1. On 24 November
necessary. over a jungle trail, it is essential to keep medical supplies as light
at Hariko. with the same instructions as the 2d Portable Hospital. the regular Division Medical Service, exceeded expectations. with them. Weekly Statistical Report, M.. D. Form 86ab, or asked to fill in all spaces
up the New Guinea coast from Wanigela to Pongani. station at Pongani without lightering.
the medical service in the Papuan Campaign should be given a rating high
Patients handled: Sick: 211.
Australians: 47. The rehabilitation
of the chest required immediate closure following debridement of the wound. combat team.
32nd US (Red Arrow) Infantry Division (Overview text) Bitter fighting ensued and over the course of the next two months an estimated 56,000 Japanese died in the struggle for Leyte.
Others were given citations and recommended for decorations,
Hospital moved up the coast from Embogu to join the 22d Portable Hospital
The 307th Medical Division was a group of clone troopers and Jedi that served primarily as battlefield medics, although they also fought in heavy sieges.
359. Combat Team at Hariko and set up as an evacuation center, for treatment and evacuation at Hariko while the 14th Portable Hospital
aid station, collecting company, portable hospital and clearing company
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