Colonel Donald Beard,
Col Donald Beard, a surgeon from South Australia, brought a surgical team unto South Vietnam in 1968. He was very tall, 6ft 8in (203cm) and to stop from fatiguing he had a technique of operating with his arms fully extended. The operating table had a slow leak in its hydraulics that allowed the table to slowly go down as he was operating
I was summoned to Vung Tau and found that there was one chevron packing one less than was required. The same problem was occurring with an operating table at 8 Field Ambulance at Nui Dat. I found a packing from a 105 Howitzer fitted. Problem solved.
The surgeon was much shorter the Col Beard. As can see the Theatre is very cramped.