James McCloughan: Becoming a combat medic

James McCloughan: Becoming a combat medic


I was drafted, August 29, 1968. Raised my hand, went to Fort Knox, Kentucky,
did my basic training. My theory is, I became a combat medic because
the first few days we were there, we were in a house. The guy that was kind of like the house father
had just returned from Vietnam. we struck up these conversations and he talked
a little bit about Vietnam and I had talked about the courses I’d taken. I think that he went up to HQs because I’d
taken kinesiology, anatomy, physiology, advanced first aid, and I’d had all these strapping
courses and taping courses to learn how to tape up injuries in athletics. So I think he said you’re not going to get
this guy prepared for what he’s going to see in Vietnam as a combat medic but he’s
got a head start on people because he’s got these classes behind him and through his
coaching prep, I think you need to send him to be a medic. And the reason i say this is, I was the only
person in my graduating basic training class, company, to go to Fort Sam Houston, Texas
to go through combat medic training.

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