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Military Burn Unit To Receive Wounded Servicemen With PM-US Ship Rdp

May 20, 1987

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) _ The military’s burn center here will treat some of the sailors wounded in the Persian Gulf missile attack on the USS Stark, officials said.

Two sailors from the guided-missile frigate were to be flown to the United States today from a U.S. Air Force hospital in Wiesbaden, West Germany, said Linda Ipser-Nelson, a spokeswoman in Wiesbaden.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Lawrence M. Bareford of Spotsylvania, Va., and Petty Officer 3rd Class James Wheeler of El Paso, Texas, were admitted to the Wiesbaden hospital on Tuesday.

They were flown from Bahrain on a medical evacuation plane after suffering burns over 40 to 45 of their bodies in Sunday’s Iraqi missile attack on the Stark, which killed 37 American sailors.

The two were scheduled to arrive at Kelly Air Force Base about 7 p.m. today for transfer to the Army Burn Center at Fort Sam Houston’s Brooke Army Medical Center here, said hospital spokesman Steve Finley.

The 40-bed burn unit has a staff of 240 and has treated numerous military burn victims over the yars.

In 1980, four servicemen injured in the failed attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran were taken to Brooke, base spokesman Ray Dery said. Following a 1979 barracks fire in Japan, 37 Marines were treated there.

Civilian victims also are brought to the unit, which is a center for burn research.

The burn center was established in 1943 in New York, and moved to Brooke in 1946, Dery said.

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