Stretchers and Shopping Carts
One of the most enduring images of the Vietnam War, for me, originated not from the steamy jungles of Southeast Asia, but from the rolling hills outside Philadelphia.
Shortly after the war, a friend who had served at the Valley Forge Army Hospital described the arrival of wounded. As in all wars, casualties were in a range of conditions. Soldiers arrived from halfway around the world, in helicopters and transport planes, on stretchers, often still wearing their Army-issued black leather boots. In the treads, my friend remembered, was caked mud from the battlefield, often with clods of still-living grass.
Joel Rose, Producer and Editor
Viet Le, Rachael Berenguer and Jennifer Lynn, Associate Producers
Elisabeth Perez-Luna, Executive Producer
Kenneth Finkel, Executive Director, Arts & Culture Service
Funding was provided by The William Penn Foundation.
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Marking Pennsylvania History
Many features of the modern hospital were first put to daily use in the military hospitals of the Civil War. WHYY's Joel Rose revisits Mower Hospital in Chestnut Hill, the largest U.S. Army hospital of its day. [Listen]
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