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"It was kind of like the Fourth of July at times, but you knew someone was probably dying from those lights in the sky." (Audio interview, 14:23)

   Richard Ward Fowler
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War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army
Unit: 95th Evacuation Hospital
Service Location: Da Nang, Vietnam; Quang Tri, Vietnam; Camp Evans, Vietnam
Rank: Captain
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Hospitals require much more than doctors and nurses to make them run smoothly, particularly when they are in the middle of a war zone. Enlisting in the Army in 1966, Captain Richard Fowler had initially intended to go into Army intelligence, but wound up serving on the administrative end of military medicine in Vietnam, first as a company commander at the 95th Evacuation Hospital in Da Nang, and then as adjutant for a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) at Camp Evans and Quang Tri. His position as administrator did not remove him from the realities of war: casualties--and incoming mortar attacks--were a fact of everyday life.

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Arriving in Vietnam and serving at the 95th Evacuation Hospital in Da Nang; serving as company commander for a medical detachment of 200 enlisted men; confronting casualties early on in his time there. (03:15) Transfer to Camp Evans; hooches could be struck by rockets; having a drink with a new acquaintance one night and learning in the morning that he had been killed. (01:51) Reflecting on his time in Vietnam as daunting and exciting; incident in which he was driving a Jeep from one base to another and was shot at. (01:08)
When stationed in Da Nang, going out to countryside to try to talk to civilians; taking messages to other medical installations by helicopter; taking photographs from the air. (02:22) Interactions with NCOs (non-commissioned officers). (01:39) 

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