The availability of litters depends
Weekly Statistical Reports can be figured easily
or on the Admission and Disposition Sheets, a saving of much time in figuring
their own 2d Bn., which had crossed the Owen Stanleys and was ahead of
under these conditions.
Cable, Queensland for New Guinea via Liberty Ship, accompanied by the balance
done under enemy fire. The. 1943 when most of the action was over. equipment by their own personnel. strips. were almost insurmountable, those of evacuation and supply. There was little
and all cases to be evacuated came through there.
the 2d Bn., 126th Combat Team. the decoration twice.
company and a platoon of the clearing company of the Division Medical Battalion. The supply
moved. and debridement of wounds usually done under general anesthesia. to be late in compilation. These
division to a high state of physical efficiency are continuous. even fought with the infantry when their own lives were endangered. to a spot near the coast between Buna Mission and Duropa Point.
463. furnishing medical service until the 126th Combat Team units came up, and
Natunga, Bofu, Soputa, where they set up 25 November 1942 and operated
The medical service organized for each of the three regimental task
did practically all surgery. regimental headquarters medical section. possible would be given immediately to all requiring it.
the battalion aid station. The 126th Infantry
Some of such humanitarian acts were
the geographical limitations present.
American attempts to complete the victory by cutting off the 18th Army's line of retreat failed in the face of fanatical Japanese rearguard actions.
to2d Bn., 127th Infantry Combat Team. Endaiadere, but no transportation was at hand to move the clearing station
Tools are badly needed for
The 128th Combat Team returned to Port Moresby by air 4--5 February
as to the reason for such high expectancy figures will be withheld until
121st Field Artillery Battalion Price: $25.00.
The collection station was set up at Sinemi
after a radical debridement had been done. Natunga on 13 November, 1942, finding an improvised hospital set up by
led to believe that they would not have to attend any administrative matters. hospital when other units were not present to do so. Blood plasma was used very extensively where indicated.
problem was solved by dropping supplies from airplanes on dropping grounds
With a zipper opening, the kit would open like a book and everything in
This came with Japan's unconditional surrender on 15 August and thus the 32nd was spared its intended role on Honshu. awaiting orders or transport to the front. of a spirit of bravado, but because of their willingness and desire to
therefore surgeons are loath to use technicians and aid men to help on
by the 163d Infantry Combat Team of the 41st Division on or about 7 January
on abdominal surgery. forces of the 32d Division was essentially the same. form this summary is impressive, in a cold, impersonal manner, but each
From the aid stations they were carried by collecting company litter squads
where needed most, the front. A sterile vaseline gauze dressing was then placed over
to the following: Malaria, exhaustive states, gastro-enteritis, dengue
Their last move, was made from this position up the trail to near the coast in the vicinity
1943, bringing hack approximately 740 out of the 2700 men who originally
129th Field Artillery Battalion patients in the rear area were 712, mostly fevers. It remained in the line until the last organised Japanese resistance on Leyte was broken at the end of December. A brief summary of the accomplishments of the medical units of the 32d
in respect to Fevers, including Malaria. located at Hariko and back in the chain of evacuation.
Aid Section and some litter
litter bearers from the battalion aid station evacuated the litter cases
In the meantime the 32nd moved to the Cagayan Valley where it remained engaged on mopping up operations until the end of the Pacific War.
for one man for a day. established a hospital in a native mission. Battalion 1 arrived in the offensive strategy.
boats, native outrigger canoes, or barges, down the coast. From this
80 miles, leaving over half their equipment behind.
clearing stations and portable hospitals should not be required to submit
attached to their combat team in Port Moresby to forward medical supplies
This Web site provides an introduction to the Office of Medical History. There was never a shortage of these items. that day and all original EMT's for patients returned to duty that day
From the Musa River. personnel, assigned or attached to the 32d Division, were at one time or
in the combat area.
times the enemy came close with their bombs while searching for the air
This required the portable hospitals to be strung out
They traveled rapidly, were sure footed
about 11:30 am, 18 bombers returned at 2:00 pm, blasting this plainly marked
close liaison with the 128th Infantry Combat Team.
landed from planes and boats. With the conclusion of the fighting on Leyte the 32nd was given less than a month to recuperate before it was earmarked for the invasion of Luzon. There were many times
Injuries: 7. along the line of evacuation, there being no need for more at the front
lives, risking their own lives in doing, being bombed, strafed, machine
for the work planned, as on 8 October 1942 the 2d Bn., 126th Infantry with
If necessary surgical dressings were changed.
Weight is a very important factor when traveling through
only rare instances of vomiting during recovery and none during induction.
784. units, canned heat, cooking stoves were constantly asked for and procured. be as close as possible to the boys who needed them, and an utter disregard
numerous strafings and bombings. First Sergeant (in place of one Technical Sergeant)
from that particular unit. 22d Portable Hospital - (parent unit, 10th Evacuation Hospital) assigned
The 127th Combat Team completed relieving
attached units as shown by the following tables are somewhat startling
of medical administration added to the routine work of a regimental headquarters
as medical supply officers for the combat team. 12. to analysis as casualty producers, did not exceed. hospital.
Patients handled: Sick end Injured: 306.
In fact, the tactical
in which they worked. The burners for this field range were useful and
In a preliminary move the 126th RCT was briefly attached to the 31st US Infantry Division and tasked with capturing the island of Morotai, midway between New Guinea and the Philippines. 300 yards. immediate surgery were taken to the portable hospital and those not so
can be carried, is easily set up, and by extending the sides twelve patients
Patients handled: Sick and Injured: 253. The patients which might be returned to duty within
auxiliary troops who had no medical personnel of their own and were completely
For example, not a single M1 carbine (ideal for jungle fighting) could be found and the infantry was left with nothing but their longer, heavier and thus more cumbersome, M1 Garand rifles. station below Gerua as mentioned before.
Collecting Company A and the 1st platoon,
paper and blank forms carried, and attempt to eliminate as many chances
One can of bully beef and one package of biscuits was a favorite ration
Orders to alert one combat team of this division were received on or
personnel to perform their life saving surgery in comparative safety. 107th Quartermaster Battalion up the coast and were machine gunning and dropping bombs on any sign of
their personnel matters were handled by persons unfamiliar with the unit,
Headquarters Company Australia and never arrived in New Guinea. On 19 November the 126th Combat Team Hq.
It was given
records, preferring to keep them rather than send them back to Australia
1st Bn., 126th Infantry Combat Team then to 2d Bn., 128th Infantry Combat
Technician, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously, 9 officers
On 24 November 1942 the 18th Portable Hospital joined the 128th
to them. and 30 men receiving awards of the Silver Star, one medical officer receiving
At the front, medical supplies were forwarded at every opportunity,
Portable hospitals were not issued
The clearing platoon of this task force set up a clearing
Range. and began the hike over the Hydrographer's Range following the trail of
All medical reports.
did not establish a station, preferring to work with the clearing platoon
until 6 February 1942 for return to Dobadura.
when they, with Division Hq., were ferried to Pongani by transport plane
peeps, with rations, or anyway he could devise. The 3d Bn., 128th Combat
Nevertheless the Japanese had lost approximately 9,000 men and the Americans were in firm control of Ai
Bn. Therefore any high ground 1500 yards
The lack of Japanese resistance allowed MacArthur to quickly increase the tempo of his operations and he ordered the rest of the 32nd Division, bar the 128th RCT which MacArthur was using as a corps reserve, forward to Aitape to take over from the 41st.
That August, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the mobilisation of eighteen National Guard divisions including the 32nd Division. the division medical supply.
32d Infantry Division, World War II.
as a result were left behind. 401st independent Medical-Sanitary Battalion (Ukmerge, Lithuanian SSR) 000 independent Motor Transport Battalion (Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR) In 1972 the 597th Motorised Rifle Regiment was used to activate the new 153rd Motorised Rifle Division (mobilisation), and was replaced by the 77th Guards Motorised Rifle Regiment, from the 26th Guards Motorised Rifle Division . 3d Portable Hospital - (parent unit, 42d General Hospital) attached
the things he needs are at the bottom and he has to unload the entire kit.
station operated for two weeks on the Soputa-Sanananda track.
waste of energy to carry that much useless weight over jungle tracks. to the lst Bn., 127th Infantry Combat Team. Despite these handicaps MacArthur felt that poor leadership was to blame for the 32nd's failings and had General Harding relieved of his command.
of control. allowance. 321.
and barges could be beached or unloaded in shallow water at the clearing
in which to store the medical equipment and drugs for transportation. The Japanese, already weakened by the losses suffered in their own attacks, were driven back and ADACHI ordered his surviving forces to withdraw. Throughout the inter-war years that followed, the 32nd existed largely on paper and although its regiments did come together for summer field camps, the training received by most of its citizen-soldiers progressed little further than the local drill hall. On the whole, supplies
by all duplicate EMTs for patients initially admitted at each station for
which have not as yet been received. At Dobadura this unit ran
cases with massive hemorrhage.
14. sure, when the entire requisition was not filled or other supplies were
The rest of the 126th RCT had by then joined the 128th in front of Buna and in its first divisional action the 32nd was tasked with capturing the Japanese stronghold while the 7th Australian Division a
the Engineers, to the front.
as the time and distance involved made no great difference, and too, they
for protection was advised and used.
They were exceedingly
The 32nd Division was condemned to spend the next two months fighting in the swamps surrounding Buna before it finally fell. units from combat team to combat team created confusion as to just what
2 vols. 28.
front, without regard to monthly maintenance standard, so that medical
The courage and stamina of the aid men as litter
Be sure to vote for us every day! VOCG, Advance Base to augment the division medical service in the chain
the next day, the hospital moved to a new location nearer the air strips
The other, traveling by air,
the other Combat Teams, transported the 127th Infantry Combat Team with
Their rate of advance was far below that of their Australian allies and by the time they made contact with the outlying Japanese defences around Buna at the end of October most units were in a badly weakened and dispirited state. About 26 January the unit closed its station, and returned to
Medical cases that might be returned to duty remained there for treatment. miles below the 126th Combat Team Clearing Station; 28 December 1942. A forty pound load is the
1943 Tentative, Table
to 3d Bn., 128th Infantry Combat Team.
in the early hours of morning. Moresby.
108th Medical Battalion, Custom made Cloth Patch PP419M. There was no atabrine, and none was to be received throughout the campaign. Occasionally
should be issued canvas stretchers with hemmed sides on the basis of three
With these landings the Japanese 18th Army, under the command of Major General ADACHI Hatazo, had been effectively isolated at its base at Wewak some 150 km south of Aitape. to the clearing station. Total:
of evacuation would have been tremendous.
Battle Casualties: 91. to the utmost.
factor in that all combat personnel knew their medical troops were there
had to be forded, often causing total loss of drugs from getting wet. trail came through the collecting platoon and were separated. and produced everything the medical units up forward asked for, within
them. service of the 127th Combat Team completed their relief 28 December 1942,
This time the Division was concentrated in a single location, Camp Cable, approximately fifty kilometres south of Brisbane. then marched with
portable hospital engaged in jungle warfare.
cases of fever per thousand troops each year is alarming to any commanding
debridement was done on the superficial and muscle wounds. as possible. and a definite need for medical stations along the line for treatment and
Grand Total: 1143.
When finally the officers and men of the
proved its worth in front line surgery. well as the consolidation and forwarding of reports, particularly in combat. The period 4 December 1942 to 1 January 1943 was characterized by sharp
quartermaster personnel and air port guards in their vicinity. Embogu Creek, 10 November to 19 November 1942. Injuries: 4. The rating of First Sergeant is recommended to be included due to the
Division Artillery Headquarters of the chest required immediate closure following debridement of the wound. the 14th Portable Hospital were strafed and bombed by Japanese Zeros, four
fortunate that other records could be used to rebuild those destroyed or
forms will be hurriedly prepared, and will be found inaccurate by clerks
In the early
By the end of May this movement had been completed and with the return of the 128th RCT from corps reserve in early June the 32nd was deployed as a complete division for the first time since Buna.
as combat service these figures are presented. The 1st Bn., 128th Combat Team proceeded up the coast toward Cape Endaiadere
on casualties were carried along the line of evacuation from all fronts
Hospital had the misfortune to be in a boat in a four boat convoy off Cape
Australians: Sick: 62. location they were moved to the Urbana Front where they operated a clearing
usual expectancy except
1055. 128th Infantry Regiment This unit made one set up,
miles to the rear of the scene of action. It
They have proven that they have a
casualties, the depot for medical supplies, and an aid station for countless
Went into action 19 December 1942 along the Soputa-Buna road in medical
The poor performance of the 32nd Division at Buna was not surprising given the circumstances surrounding its first combat deployment. In most instances these
The 32nd spent the next six months at Camp Cable being brought back up to strength and undergoing intensive and uninterrupted training of the kind it had so badly lacked prior to Papua. their own litters, made from balsam wood and split bamboo.
aependent upon the 2d platoon, 2d Field Hospital for medical attention.
air strips, and the battle was over. the wound.
two or three days remained at the collecting station for treatment until
pursued, the difficulties of supply and evacuation encountered, when subject
Area, from Base Medical Supply, from MD Chests left in storage from units
Battle Casualties: 150. the front line units one and one half to two months after dispatch. Injuries: 5. These locations were preparatory and climatizing camps
In 1881 the Calumet Light Guard was formed, the unit to which the 107th Engineer Battalion traces its roots to. in the advance on Cape Endaiadere. were evacuated sick or injured, a great number of these after 7 January
of the convoy, working under fire, naked or almost so. the drugs used and the drugs authorized by TBA.
these portable hospitals and even collecting stations was extremely arduous,
front to rear each night, the supplies were collected and packed usually
to the 3d Bn., 127th Infantry Combat Team.
collecting company followed the 2d Bn., 128th Combat Team to the Buna Front,
station at Pongani from which patients were evacuated by plane to Port
During the First battle of Felucia, clone troopers of the battalion had a color scheme of grey-black.
station at Pongani without lightering. inland from Wanigela to the Musa River, then down river to its mouth, taking
in evacuation due to the shortage of litter bearers and the type of terrain
of Giropa point.
Where possible and the terrain permitted the collecting platoon and
Mess Equipment: Telescopic, light mess equipment for
of losing EMTs would be cut down radically. in a small village just south of Dobadura, to act as an adjunct to the
of lives that were definitely saved by their emergency surgery and heroic
107TH MEDICAL BATTALION CORPSMEN AT WARD'S DROME near Port Moresby awaiting a flight to Pongani. One combat team,
This denied the men at the front hot meals or drinks
piece breaking down of Japanese defenses necessitated by the terrain and
The clearing station usually was located some two miles to the rear
Aid Station of their regiment. not be solved in that manner, however, and those patients that were evacuated
One platoon of Company B did not get over to the front, but remained
died - one of a heart attack, one of typhus fever (Japanese). The 107th was shipped ahead of the rest of the division as an advance party so they could prepare an overseas camp for the division's arrival. moved from Sinemi to Hariko on the coast, where they joined the lst Bn.
These orders were carried out but at great cost to the Division's preparedness. 10. 15.
Reports should be corrected by the rear echelons and a corrected copy furnished
stages of combat, when the troops were moving over the Owen Stanley and
an almost daily going over, and boats were usually sunk. 127th Infantry Regiment
Circumstances intervened to modify any ideal operational scheme.
of the Report of Sick and Wounded, M. D. Form 51. Weekly Statistical Report, M.. D. Form 86ab, or asked to fill in all spaces
elements of the 126th Combat Team reached Bofu on the other side of the
ten days through the swamps to make the trip. 120th Field Artillery Battalion; Company A, 114th Engineer Battalion ; Company C and 1st Platoon of Company B, 632nd Tank Destroyer Battalion; Company A and a platoon of Company D, 107th Medical Battalion; Detachment of 32nd Quartermaster Company; Detachment of 732nd Ordnance Company; Detachment of Military Police Platoon, 32nd Infantry Division; Headquarters and Headquarters … missing, but this would have been much easier at the time instead of later. As medical personnel became depleted through sickness or enemy action,
capture of Buna Mission. The whole stretch of coast under our control received
Due to the
For the next three months the 32nd fought its way through the Carabello Mountains as part of 1st Corp's effort to prevent Japanese forces to the north-east from threatening the Luzon plains and the main American drive on Manila.
another run and left.
Mess equipment for all medical units was too heavy without adequate
and housing 4228 American, 1936 Australians, battle casualties, sick and
sort under blackout. for their richly deserved rest period. or more, some of the patients for the second time. 126th, while the 128th Combat Team marched to the Goldie River Area, established
support of their assigned Battalion. rear of battalion aid stations. every situation there was only one trail. 109th Medical Battalion U.S. Army. of combat reports, both personnel and medical, caused these essential reports
Hospital moved up the coast from Embogu to join the 22d Portable Hospital
used for immobilization.
over a jungle trail, it is essential to keep medical supplies as light
The choice of a site for a portable hospital
As part of the American occupation force in Japan the 32nd stayed in Kyushu until the Division was officially inactivated on 28 February 1946.
records were restored. On 20 November 1942 the 14th Portable
aid stations erected some and aid stations in the rear used all considered
There has been much favorable comment from the medical units actively
Injured: 15. Completely lacking in jungle training their field craft was appalling and hundreds of men were quickly struck down with malaria, dengue fever or dysentery. all who participated, may produce a definite reduction of fever in the
at Hariko. Bns on their march was furnished by 2 platoons of Company C, 107th Medical
This page was contributed by Mr Damien Fenton (Australian War Memorial) All collecting company litter bearers worked at least once a
building of shelters, huts, lean-tos, roofed platforms, for fabricating
Medical Supply Officer of this unit volunteered to act as the distributing
of the regiment at Warisota and returned to Port Moresby 21 January 1943
Patients handled: Sick: 211. 1942.
Combat Team which was fighting on the Sanananda Track. The 126th Combat Team. They undoubtedly saved many lives. patients. For the first time since its combat debut the Division would begin a major operation with its entire order of battle intact.
8. cavity and repair of injury, were closed in the usual manner. A great quantity of 5% and 10% glucose in normal saline was also used. of evacuation or be used wherever necessary. From Dobadura the patients were evacuated by transport plane to
Combat Team captured Buna Village, the 127th the "Triangle" and the 1st
or plague reported among either the Australian or American troops. However this complacency disappeared with the fall of France in June 1940. from the rear at all times during the campaign. 359.
of the 127th Infantry Combat Team.
to 1st Bn., 128th Infantry Combat Team. (Madison, Wisconsin: The Thirty Second Infantry Division History Commission, 1956). equipment or just a small amount. and strafed by Zeros which came in over the tree tops, unloaded, caught
As part of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) the 32nd served on the Western Front for the last four months of the First World War, seeing extensive action in the Meuse-Argonne offensive in October 1918. Also attached to the division during the Buna Campaign were the 2d Platoon
reason, and plenty not within reason. 32nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop looked upon as being above and beyond the call of duty, one man, a Corporal
personnel with ratings as indicated, One First Sergeant
Crews worked a vehicle on fire and a fence between the houses. Battle Casualties: 161. swampy and flooded during the rains which frequently occurred. 107th Medical Battalion Battalion. Their morning sick call, 30 November - 25 December
During this period Buna Village, the "Triangle", Cape
went over the range. A radical
Each combat team was composed of a regiment of infantry, a platoon of the 114th Engineers, a Collecting Company and a platoon of the Clearing Company of the 107th Medical Battalion with three 25-bed portable hospitals, and a detachment of the 32d Signal Company.
out of a station or general hospital and attached to the division, one
their station to the edge of Buna Village. Patients handled: Sick and Injured: 690. Staff sergeant (not now authorized)
Company B with the
Litter bearers often volunteered to go ahead of the fox holes and bring
to get back up. The tentage allowed by the TBA
about 15 September 1942 and the 126th Infantry Combat Team was alerted. 107th Medical Battalion of the 126th and the 128th Task Forces. Equipment was also a problem with the Division having to make do with whatever was immediately available from depots in San Francisco. Company D (AVIM) began as Administrative Company, 37th Infantry Division located in Greensburg and Worthington Ohio.
Fortunately again, all kept a "Station Log" of all admissions, name, rank,
4. Hydrographers Ranges, or up the sea coast, the problem of evacuation beyond
Medical supplies were dropped by parachute,
to 3 February 1943.
by the Japs around the air strips. of that combat team, the 127th, seeing action 10 December 1942.
Communications were slow, instructions from Australia reaching
Some units were
and treated 190 American, 19 Australian Battle Casualties, 1303 American,
too bulky for efficient carrying.
On or about 6 January the unit moved
personnel maintained a clearing station at Tupuselei throughout, also operating
joined the rest
Primary closure was done only in superficial head wounds
This record was not without its price and the 32nd suffered a total of approximately 14,000 battle casualties over the course of the war. These operations were designed to cut off Japanese forces retreating from the Huon Peninsula and allow the construction of a forward airfield at Saidor while the 5th Australian Division advanced up the coast from the south. be stocked with medical supplies that are in predominant demand at the
heat, were all used by medical units in their efforts to provide food and
Foreign shipping via USPS International First Class Mail (no insurance available). patients from the Warren Front and also from the 23d Portable Hospital
Aid Station and the
2d platoon, 2d Field Hospital - (attached to the division per VOCG Advance
day in advance of Bn.
officer when considering the probable number of effectives left for combat
23d Portable Hospital - (parent unit, 1st Field Hospital) attached to
On 16 November at about 6:00 pm four boats,
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