April 17, 2013 - Dr. Jack Drumwright - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

April 17, 2013 - Dr. Jack Drumwright

A Lake Area doctor who served as a Marine physician during the Vietnam is being honored this week as our Hometown Patriot.

Dr. Jack Drumwright's days at his office in Sulphur are much different that the jungles of Vietnam.  Drumwright served as a field doctor for the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War.

"The Vietnamese people were some of the finest people I have ever met," said Drumwright.  "The kids were the same.  I delivered babies at the local hospital on the first Tet offensive.  That's how quiet it was.  I got to see some Asian principles so far as the way deliveries went."

Drumwright served in 1967 and 1968, taking care of soldiers and Vietnamese citizens.

"We would go on what we called mid-caps.  The corpsman, dentist and myself would go out to some of the local villages and just provide a little band-aid care and take some food.  The Marines had a big push for that." 

Drumwright admits being sent to Vietnam right out of medical school was quite a surprise, but he believes it was the best thing to happen to him.

"It made me grow up.  I was an only child.  I was a spoiled brat and realized once there that I wasn't the top of the pile, so to speak.  I was there to do a job and I had folks looking up to me to do that job." 

Drumwright now owns Business Health Partners, which will hold a jambalaya cook off fundraiser on Friday, May 3, 2013.  Proceeds will benefit the City of Refuge homeless shelter for veterans.  For information on tickets and how to enter, call 337-626-1011. 

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