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Army's Storied Air Ambulance Unit Disbands

The Army's 57th Medical Company helped save hundreds of thousands of lives in wars and hurricanes.

Now, it's disbanding. The 57th is being spread among other units as part of the Pentagon's military reorganization plan.

The company's Huey helicopters evacuated more than 100-thousand casualties in Vietnam alone. In Iraq, the 57th evacuated more than 45-hundred troops, Iraqi civilians and U-S contractors.

The unit also played a major role after devastating hurricanes Fran, Floyd and Katrina.

A disbanding ceremony held yesterday was bittersweet for company veterans. Vietnam veterans mixed with Grenada and Desert Storm vets, as well as men and women of the unit who are just back from their second tour of duty in Iraq.


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