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IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN: 'Good medicine, bad places'

March 11, 2009 |  6:55 pm


A memorial service for the 210 U.S. medics, corpsmen, doctors and nurses killed in Iraq and Afghanistan was held Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery.

"Their motto was 'good medicine, bad places,' " Dr. S. Ward Casscells, assistant Defense secretary for health affairs, told a gathering at the first Remembrance Ceremony in Dedication to Fallen Military Medical Personnel. "When it mattered most, they answered the call."

Casscells said that the skill of medical personnel was the top factor in reducing the fatality rate of wounded personnel from 23% in Vietnam to 10% in Iraq and Afghanistan.

— Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Army bugler at remembrance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Credit: Navy Petty Officer Chad McNeeley