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"My primary responsibility was giving aid to my own soldiers." (Audio interview, 17:52)

   Charles Edward Creel, Jr.
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War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Air Force
Service Location: San Antonio, Texas; Phan Rang, Vietnam
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While he had hoped to go into photography rather than medicine, during his time in Vietnam with the Air Force, Charles Creel, Jr. served diligently in the dispensary at Phan Rang to treat his wounded and sick comrades. In his interview, he discusses the concentration and focus necessary to address incoming casualties. While in country, he also used his skills to assist the local civilian population; he worked in orphanages and nearby villages, and at one point, rescued a Vietnamese child who had stepped on a land mine.

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Entrance into the service; being selected for his third choice duty assignment. (00:46) Sent to Vietnam as a medic; stationed at Phan Rang; work in the dispensary. (00:54) Typical duties in the dispensary; encounters with the enemy. (02:10)
Seeing casualties; particular life-saving measures; importance of emotional detachment. (04:03) Incident in which he rescued young Vietnamese boy who had stepped on a land mine. (04:45) Work treating children at Vietnamese Catholic orphanages; positive impact on village life. (03:52)
Involvement with Vietnamese civilian woman; having to end the relationship when he returned to the United States. (02:46) Reflection on the war in general terms; that war doesn’t necessary end when the fighting ends. (01:34) 
  
 

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