The Father of Dustoff

Zabecki, David T.
April 2009
Military History;Apr/May2009, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p21
The article features U.S. Army Major Charles L. Kelly, who is acknowledged as the father of Dustoff. The term Dustoff refers to aeromedical evacuation, which originated as a radio call sign for the 57th Medical Detachment/Helicopter Ambulance during the Vietnam war. Kelly, the third commander of the 57th, instilled to his pilots his personal philosophy, which was to prioritize patients including wounded U.S. soldiers, South Vietnamese and Viet Cong (VC). Kelly was awarded with the Distinguished Service Cross by the U.S. government after his death.


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