Medical Company Offers Support
For Combat Team
MEDICAL COMPANY NO 13 ..
The Medical Company of the 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team
provides medical support for the entire combat team.
In combat, the mission of this company, with a strength of 179
enlisted men and eleven officers. Is to provide immediate first
aid and evacuation to the three battalions of the 508th as well
as to the 320th Airborne Field Artillery Battalion and to the
698th Airborne Engineer Company/
In combat, each rifle .company of the 508th Abn RCT is provided
with four company aidmen one for each platoon. Three aidmen are
provided for . the heavy weapons companies and one each for the
separate companies while the airborne artillery firing batteries
have one each. The company aidmen supply the needs of the
airborne engineer company. These highly trained aidmen are the
backbone of the medical system since it is often the quick
initial treatment which determines if a soldier Is to live or
In peacetime, the company operates a Regimental Dispensary which
provides medical care for the combat team, and provides medical
coverage for the various ranges and drop zones which the combat
team uses . In the course of its training. Other medical
services include caring for minor ills and injuries, advising
platoon leaders and company commanders on their drinking water
and sanitation problems.
Another peacetime mission of the Medical Company Is conducting an
extensive training program in anatomy and physiology, drugs and
dosages, medical aspects of atomic energy, emergency medical
treatments and types of littler carries. This is in addition to
normal company airborne specialized training, familiarization
small weapons firing, and providing support for all of the
regimental units to many of their problems.
[The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, TN, 31 Aug 1954, Tue,
THE OLD AND THE NEW
Colonel Glenn J. McGowan assumes command of the famous "Red Devil" 508th Airborne Regimental
Combat Team from Col. George O. Pearson, former "08" Commander,
who departed for a tour of duty overseas.
[The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, TN , 31 Aug 1954, Tue, Page 42]
Pictured are members or the highly regarded "Red Devil" Boxing Team. The team arrived at Fort Campbell during mid-season and remained a top contender among fistic aggregations. There was never a dull moment when these troopers stepped Into the ring and the action of these RCT glovesters would often bring Campbell fans to their feet In the midst of the excitement Top row: L-R
Simon, Amos, Charleston, Bowden, Lt. Col. Royal R. Taylor (acting 08 Commander at that time),
Burroughs (coach) Ray Smith, and Barttolotta. Bottom row L-R Tamburro, Miller, Steward,
Dallanegra, Leptx, Hensley, Naumoff and Neal (assistant coach) , .
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