57th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
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57th AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION SQUADRON (AES)
During the Vietnam War MAC Aerovac and PACAF 902nd AES based operations at Clark AB, Republic of the Philippines and with detachments in Southeast Asia; their mission was to provide in-flight medical aid to combat and noncombat casualties from the Republic of Vietnam, Indo-China, Korea and Southeast Asia; as well as perform special medical evacuation operations to bases in the Indian Ocean, and the South Pacific theater. Flying onboard C-141, C-130 and C-9A transports from Clark AB; the 57th and 902nd carried the sick, injured and wounded to medical facilities in the Philippines, Guam, Japan, Okinawa and throughout the Western Pacific.
Originally activated as the 57 AES on 27 December 1965 and replacing the 1457 AES, Clark Air Base, Philippines. The 57th AES was deactivated 1 August 1972.
Often battle casualties would arrive by C-141 in one day from Vietnam and the next day be loaded on C-9As, enroute to stateside hospitals. This incredible feat was accomplished through the untiring dedication of the nurses and medical technicians both on the ground and in the air.
This site pays homage to those that served, in the air and on the ground, who tended the thousands of casualties of the Vietnam War.