Last U.S. MASH Unit Handed Over to Pakistan
Mission to quake-ravaged Kashmir is farewell for MASH
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In a remote valley in Pakistan this Thursday, the United States Army said farewell to the last remaining Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) unit. These tremendously helpful and durable units were best known as a result of the very popular television show set during the Korean War, which featured a wise-cracking cast that included Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, and Harry Morgan. This particular MASH unit had been stationed in northern Pakistan for four months helping give medical aid to the thousands of people affected by the October 8th earthquake that devastated the region. The Army’s decision to donate the unit to Pakistan was part of a broader change in their medical operations, namely one that places a premium on the “combat support hospital” system. This system is inherently more flexible, and utilizes surgical squads that can go out into the field. Most of the Pakistani medical staff scheduled to take over the MASH unit had never seen the television show of the same name, but one of the spokesmen for the Pakistani Army, Major Farooq Nasir, mentioned that he had seen the show. He remarked, “It was a nice comedy. They didn’t behave like that here. They were quite serious”.
The first link will take visitors to a news article from The Guardian that discusses the last MASH unit. The second link leads to a National Public Radio feature about the MASH units, and includes a brief interview with Rear Admiral Michael LeFever about the handover of the unit to Pakistan. The third link leads to some additional news coverage provided by USA Today’s Paul Wiseman. The fourth link leads to a site created by the Department of Defense to provide information about the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War. The fifth link leads to a site provided by the National Archives, which allows users to search casualty lists from the Korean War. The final link will take users to a site created by TV.com that provides information about the television show MASH, complete with cast biographies and episode summaries.