Currahee Aid Station

The 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment
(Airmobile - Air Assault)

506th Medical Support Aid Station

Thank you for visiting our Aid Station. If you have a question post it here MEDIC! and Doc Lovy or one of his medics will try to find an answer for you! To view questions, comments and articles previously posted visit the Aid Station Archive.

Just got back from a tour at Currahee land. Made good friends. Was part of the Aid Station assigned out to Baker Co. the entire year I was there. Thanks for the times.
Darrell Clevenger <>
Clarksville, TN USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 08:29:04 (CDT)
While with Bravo Co 3/506 in June of 68 I contracted Falciparum Malaria. I recently read on that falciparum malaria gives symtons which can be confused with PTSD and that the malaria residuals can be treated ,reducing damage done by this malaria . This web page says the study was done at the University Of Iowa on Viet Vets. I've not been able to find any other info on this. Do you have any knowledge of this study and the treatment of the malaria resudials ? Thanks Les Outman
Les Outman <>
Rocklin, Ca USA - Monday, December 09, 2002 at 10:03:01 (CST)

View information provided by Doc Lovy to the above question concerning Falciparum Malaria and PTSD.
The 2002 reunion of the 506 th is history now. I became even more keenly aware that although there were many units and many time frames, we all shared a common situation, being in Vietnam and doing our job. I was also stuck in some math. With three battalions, and many years, there must have been at least 15 other battalion surgeons. I am sure that they have stories to tell, incidents to remember and comments about their particular time with the 506 th that would be helpful to the rest of the troopers (probably also to come to closure on many issues that have been dormant since their tour). So, I am enlisting your help, If anyone has an idea or thought, or name of their battalion surgeon, please pass it on. We will attempt to find them, invite them to participate in the activities of the unit at any level, but most importantly, to add to the medical site here and answer specific questions we may have of them regarding their tour. Thanks.
Doc Lovy <>
USA - Monday, September 02, 2002 at 04:50:55 (PDT)
I served with D Co of 1/506 Dec 68 to Dec 69. In I Core we took a weekly anti-malaria pill along with a daily pill called dapsone. I have read that dapsone was originally used for leprosy and one of the side affects is male infertility. I had trouble conceiving children, eventually I was able to conceive one son and wonder if dapsone might be the cause.
Salvador L. Gonzalez <>
Lynbrook, Long Island, NY USA - Monday, July 15, 2002 at 16:21:22 (PDT)

Dapsone was used for resistant strains of malaria. Effects are possible, but very minimal. Infertility has been reported in males receiving Dapsone, but fertility was restored following discontinuance of the drug. "has been reported" does not rule out that it had that effect on a particular individual, but the likelihood is fairly slim. Male infertility is not listed as one of the Adverse Effects (not as more frequent and not even as rare or very rare) of Dapsone, so it would be very difficult to establish a positive link. Doc Lovy - Friday, July 19, 2002 07:52 AM
I'm looking for resources for my older brother, a Vietnam vet who was shot and wounded in 1970. He's had chronic pain ever since and managed it for 30 years by being a workaholic and with alcohol, leading a pretty normal life. Two years ago, he was laid off from a a senior managment position and it's been downhill ever since. Recently, his daughter in the Navy shipped out to the mid-East and that's only made things worse. I need to find medical/support resources around Atlanta GA for depression, pain managment and alcoholism. Please reply to the email address if you have advice/referrals.
tom <>
USA - Friday, June 21, 2002 at 10:59:21 (PDT)

Can't totally adress the situation since I am not fully familiar with the resources in Atlanta. I do know that there are Veterans organizations in the area and a Medical School there. My first run through would be to contact the regional VA office there and find out what they have available. I would also contact the local MOPH, (Military order of Purple Heart) since they usually have good communication with resources to help their members. Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta Georgia and the VAH in Augusta would also be a resource and they may be able to tell you about contacts in the Atlanta area. Atlanta has, through its medical school many pain Clinics, Check and see which ones are recommended by the VA, if the VA itself does not have a pain clinic. Try the VA information site further down on our website. Frequently VA Central office has a list of approved and accredited clinics that can be accessed for Veterans in need of their services. Good luck and don't give up.
Doc Lovy - Saturday, June 22, 2002 07:52 AM
Thanks so much for putting a Medic's page on this website.. The information I have read on here is so valuable..and has answered alot of the questions I have had. I admire the World War II Veterans and especially the Medics so much.. The men who served in World War II are some of the bravest and kindest men in the world...they have been so helpful with any questions I or my son have had. Special thanks to Bruce, Paul, Merle, Bill, Hermie, Don, Roger, Jake, Dick, Buck and so many others for the kindness you have shown to me and so many others..and thanks to all who have put up such a fantastic website.. Blessings, Deborah Oliver Forrester (proud daughter of a World War II Veteran (Marshall Clayton Oliver, Medic) God Bless all who have, or is now, serving our Country.. I would love to hear from any of the Medics of World War II at
Deborah Oliver Forrester <>
Flowery Branch, ga USA - Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 04:58:03 (PDT)

We really appreciate your post and kind words. I hope that it will encourage other medics, docs, etc. that served with the 506 th regardless of the era, to share their experiences with us , their joys and sorrows, and especially their stories regarding their medical management issues while they were on active duty, as well as their issues upon discharge. Doc Lovy - Saturday, June 22, 2002 07:42 AM