CONTINUE TO SERVE
WHEN THREATENED BY WAR
and his staff were dedicated to medical care even when threatened by the
war. Because of the threatening war situation in Laos in 1959, Dooley
and his crew began war-training exercises. They planned how to unload
patients off airplanes, how to care for large numbers of patients in the
hospital rooms, and how to haul stretchers on the jeep. They also practiced
making and carrying stretchers.
In August 1959, Dooley received a letter
from the American Ambassador to Laos urging Dooley,
Rhine, and Davis to leave
Muong Sing, at least temporarily, and relocate to a safer location. However,
Dooley wrote back and explained that they would not abandon the Lao people
and would stay in Muong Sing to operate the hospital and care for the
people and the wounded. Rhine and Davis agreed with Dooley. They would
leave only if the Lao military had to evacuate the area.