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(4) MEDICAL AND SURGICAL TECHNICI- ANS. The medical and surgical technicians perform tasks relating to the care and treatment of casual- ties.

(5) OPERATION. The battalion aid station oper- ates and functions the same as the regimental aid station. (See par. 60b.)

b. Company aid squad. The company aid squad of each battalion section furnishes three company aid men for attachment to each rifle company (one per rifle platoon), and one to each platoon of the heavy weapons company. Their duties are similar to those of the company aid men in the headquarters section. (See par. 60c.)

c. Litter bearer squad. Litter bearers carry the wounded who are unable to walk to the battalion aid station, where aid station personnel administer further treatment. They usually operate in teams of four men, since the work is very fatiguing. The vehicles of the section are utilized to assist in this work in those areas comparatively free from aimed small-arms fire. They evacuate the wounded, not only of their assigned battalion, but also of any other units in the battalion zone or sector.

62. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLY. a. The medical equipment and supplies of the detachment are

packed in various standard chests in the headquar- ters section and in unit packs and a standard chest in each battalion section, and are carried in the de- tachment trucks and trailers. The vehicles are known

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