Dean W.
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Medic display CAF Hangar Dance Tulsa

Tue Nov 09, 2010 06:01

Here's some pics of my WC54, m170 and medical equipment at the 2010 CAF Hangar Dance in Tulsa Ok last weekend.

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That's me "typing a letter"
Dean W.

1944 WC-54
1942 GPW (project)
1955 M170
1942 Bantam Trailer

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Re: Medic display CAF Hangar Dance Tulsa

Tue Nov 09, 2010 20:08

Hi Dean,
Congrats, great display !

I wouldn't mind having your Ambulance and the rest of your paraphernalia in my own backyard ...
Fine display and lots of WW2 and postwar goodies for sure.

Best,
Alain :)
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Re: Medic display CAF Hangar Dance Tulsa

Wed Nov 10, 2010 04:31

Thanks Alain, it's a work in progress for sure. I'm always adding stuff to the display, it's getting to the point where I need to get my Bantam trailer ready to tow behind the WC to haul stuff. I have to drive the WC to the events(darn!), since I don't have a hauling trailer, so that will make a neat looking combo.
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Re: Medic display CAF Hangar Dance Tulsa

Thu Nov 11, 2010 02:12

Dean W. wrote:Thanks Alain, it's a work in progress for sure. I'm always adding stuff to the display, it's getting to the point where I need to get my Bantam trailer ready to tow behind the WC to haul stuff. I have to drive the WC to the events(darn!), since I don't have a hauling trailer, so that will make a neat looking combo.


Great display. Do you do living history with any particular unit?

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Re: Medic display CAF Hangar Dance Tulsa

Thu Nov 11, 2010 13:48

Our group is G Co. 179th Inf Reg, 45th Div. out of Tulsa Ok. My wife and I do 120th Med BN. which was part of the 45th. through WWII and Korea.
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Re: Medic display CAF Hangar Dance Tulsa

Thu Nov 11, 2010 17:59

Dean W. wrote:Our group is G Co. 179th Inf Reg, 45th Div. out of Tulsa Ok. My wife and I do 120th Med BN. which was part of the 45th. through WWII and Korea.


Excellent. If my unit ever does any events out your way, I would love to work with your group.

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Re: Medic display CAF Hangar Dance Tulsa

Fri Nov 12, 2010 02:55

No problem. We're a small group right now. About 6 guys in Tulsa, 3 or 4 in Oklahoma City. Most of the events are Living History displays and a few reenacting events during the fall and winter months, I mostly do the living history stuff. Just let me know if you get down this way. My direct email is: dwm170@cox.net
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Re: Medic display CAF Hangar Dance Tulsa

Fri Nov 12, 2010 05:45

Dean W. wrote:No problem. We're a small group right now. About 6 guys in Tulsa, 3 or 4 in Oklahoma City. Most of the events are Living History displays and a few reenacting events during the fall and winter months, I mostly do the living history stuff. Just let me know if you get down this way. My direct email is: dwm170@cox.net


Honestly, I do living history as well. I seldom go out on the "battlefield" simply because I think most battle reenactments are done in a hokey and often flat out disrespectfully inaccurate manner. They are staged simply to give people an excuse to play with their guns and everything else is secondary.

Our unit is working towards having medical scenarios for the living history display that will be coordinated with the battle so that people returning from the battle reenactment can come to see us tend to the wounded. We want to figure out ways of doing accurate simulated surgery and such so that the days of dyed bandages and other blatantly fake ways of simulating "wounds" can be a thing of the past. Our goal is to be as accurate in the portrayal of wounds (I have 15 years of experience in trauma care, both civilian and military, so my standards are pretty high) and honestly, if people don't leave the medical tent a little shaken, we are not doing a good enough job. I think that is honestly something that is lost in the modern era: there is an almost clinical (for lack of a better term) detachment from the pain and suffering that is associated with war. People are not experiencing it in any way, shape or form unless someone close to them gets hurt. Without rationing, without clear and direct demonstrations of the price of war and the fact that is hell as Sherman described it, we become too comfortable with this idea of sanitized "low intensity conflict" that permeates modern military doctrines. If we can drive home these points, perhaps the public will be less willing to let our politicians pick our battles in a lackadaisical fashion. As Otto von Bismarck is famously quoted for saying, "Anyone who has looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier as he lays dying on the battlefield will think long and hard before going to war".

One of my enlisted men actually jokes that I've spent more time coming up with casualty scenarios than most non-medical people spend learning their entire impression. Once I get everything figured out, I am planning on putting together a "how to" manual to help other living history units establish similar practices and standards in their operations.

Most of our events are Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan but it looks like if we have the equipment and manpower to go, we may be attending some events in Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky. There is another group creating a 326th Airborne Medical Company living history unit down in Texas and the CO and I have become friends as we have been trying to each assist the other. Chances are decent we will be down in Midland, TX for the Commemorative Air Force's AIRSHO next year.

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Re: Medic display CAF Hangar Dance Tulsa

Tue Apr 30, 2019 07:38

GliderRiderMedic wrote:I seldom go out on the "battlefield" simply because I think most battle reenactments are done in a hokey and often flat out disrespectfully inaccurate manner. They are staged simply to give people an excuse to play with their guns and everything else is secondary.

(Et sequitur....)


I must say that I do like your philosophy behind accurate living history impressions!

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