Beth Parks


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Color photograph of an original oil painting by James Davis Nelson entitled: “12th Evac, Cu Chi, RVN, 1966-1970. The image depicts the 12th Evacuation Hospital operating room with a wounded Vietnam soldier laying on the operating table surrounded by the surgical team. The painting is in a wooden frame carved with the lettering: “To Conserve Fighting Strength. Skilled and Resolute. 12th Evacuation Hospital (SMBL).” The image of the painting is printed on a computer-printed on a sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" paper folded to 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" note card. 2004.

The back of the card reads: “12th Evac, Cu Chi, RVN 1966-1970. Oil Painting by James Davis Nelson. Original oil painting unveiled November 2004 and displayed at the U.S. Army Medical Department Museum (AMEDD) at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. On loan to the New York State Military Museum, Saratoga Springs, 2005-2006. Painting dimensions: 33" x 48" Artist Jim Nelson of Jewell, Kansas, acclaimed for his work as a Vietnam combat artist and portraitist, served with the 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi, Vietnam, during 1967-68. Hand-routed wood frame by Mike Cheney of Lincoln, Kansas, features designs that include the 12th Evacuation Hospital crest and motto. Frame dimensions: 38" x 53". Project was commissioned by Richard C. Harder, MSC, then LTC, XO and CO of the 12th Evac, 1970 Battle dress is depicted because the 12th Evac was subject to frequent mortar and rocket attacks at Cu Chi during 1966-68.

Models (composite from period photos): Back Row, L-R: 1LT Beth Parks, ANC, OR nurse, 1966-67; SPS Bob Hall, OR tech, 1969-70; CPT Charlie Campbell, ANC, nurse anesthetist, 1967 Center Arc, L-R: 2LT Ann Cunningham, ANC, OR nurse, 1967-68; CPT Fred Kurrus, MC, surgeon, 1967-68; MAJ Jeriel Beard, MC, surgeon, 1970; SPS Scott Worley, OR tech, 1968-69 Patient: One of over 37,000 treated at the 12th Evac between 1966-70. Card design by Beth Parks, Ed.D.”


Women in the Military, Vietnam War



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Existence and Location of Originals

Located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: AFC 2012/047


Evacuation Hospital, Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, MASH, Vietnam War



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