During the past five years much has been said and written about Vietnam by both political and military persons. But little has been published describing the health care and medical services committed in support of the American Armed Forces, allied military forces, and the Vietnamese population. This article is intended to describe briefly the evolution of the medical effort of the Navy in Vietnam and the medical resources, which include the manpower and facilities necessary to fulfill our commitments. It will describe casualty recovery rate, causative agents, and problems experienced in providing medical support in a prolonged counterinsurgency land conflict.
Doctors and Dentists, Nurses and Corpsmen in Vietnam
"On the other hand, both the Repose and Sanctuary were converted to hospital ships during World War II and their effectiveness is limited by obsolete hull configuration...the last ship to be planned and constructed from the keel up as a hospital ship was the Relief (AH-1) in 1916.”
By Commander F. O. McClendon, Jr., Medical Service Corps, U. S. Navy