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Is it a war crime to shoot down medic helicopters?
MEDEVAC aircraft and ground transport are mandated by the Geneva Convention to be unarmed and well marked. Firing on “clearly marked and identified” MEDEVAC vehicles would be considered a war crime under Article II of the Geneva Convention, in the same sense as firing on a hospital ship would be a war crime.
How many medical helicopters were shot down in Vietnam?
According to the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, a total of 11,846 helicopters were shot down or crashed during the war, resulting in nearly 5,000 American pilots and crew killed. Of those servicepeople, 2,382 were killed while serving aboard UH-1 Iroquois, better known as the ubiquitous “Huey.”
Are medical helicopters armed?
However, DOD has tasked the Army to provide evacuation to the MEDEVAC standard, which means our MEDEVAC crews and helicopters are purpose built, manned, trained and equipped to provide advanced trauma care in flight. No military force in the world is better than the US Army at MEDEVAC.
How many wounded soldiers were evacuated by helicopters during the war?
This marked enhancement in battlefield medical care resulted in a reduction of the mortality rate to one death per 100 casualties. During the Vietnam War, helicopter ambulances moved over 900,000 wounded troops.
Can medevacs be armed?
Never mind that our sister services, special operations forces and allies are all able to field armed, dedicated CASEVAC/MEDEVAC helicopters!
Is medevac covered by insurance?
Medical evacuation coverage is actually not insurance at all. The membership entitles you to a medical evacuation, which means that you will be transported on a medical flight from a hospital that’s typically at least 100 miles or so away from your home to the hospital of your choice via a private air ambulance.
How many helicopter pilots served in Vietnam?
They estimate that over 100,000 helicopter pilots and crew members served during the Vietnam War. Helicopters were used in more than 850,000 medical evacuation missions and were responsible for boosting survival rates for the wounded.