By Joanne Wachter illustrated by Ian Newsham
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And Spc Michael P. Fletcher, 2 Aug 95. u Interv, Lt Col Iris J. Wesl with Sgt Jacob T. , 25 May 94. ESPONSE 37 who died en route to the hosp ital were taken to the morgue. The hospita l treated and released 5 1 casualties, their fo llow- up care to be on an outpatient basis, and admitted 55-25 to intensive care units and 30 to inpatient wa rds. Another 13 casua lties were transferred to regiona l hospitals- 7 to the Jaycee Burn Center, 5 to Cape Fear Valley Medi ca l Center, and I to Highsmith-Rainey Memoria l Hospital.
Sub: Response to Ilope AFB Accident, p. 4 (herea fler cited as USA ISR AA R). See also Jones Memo, 3 Apr 95. 10 11 36 D ISASTER ON GREEN RAMP directed to the second floor intensive care uni t. " After receiving pain medication, he was assig ned to a room on the ninth floor. " Othe r pati ents had simi lar experi ences. Captain Wa lters remembered be ing escorted fro m the emergency room to the seco nd fl oor intensive ca re un it, where the staff set hi s burned hands in a was hbasin with saline and ice and placed some cold compacts on the back of hi s burned neck.
Some were badly burned; others were " horribly cut and to rn"; a few had no apparent injury but were just dead. About 10 feet away one soldier was "a lready the death-color of gray," although someone was attempting to revive him with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). The Episcopal priest, who had entered the Army nine years before the tragedy, moved from group to group, speaking to the inj ured and helping to lift the wounded into the tactical and personal vehicles that began arriving to evacuate Cap/aill Bebber them to Womack.