A Look Back

A Navy Nurse Remembers President George H.W. Bush

  By Capt. Joan Huber (Ret.), Nurse Corps, USN Editor’s note: President George H.W. Bush’s passing on November 30, 2018, gives us a reason to a pause and look back at the life and legacy of a leader who served with honor, kindness, and integrity.  President Bush was a former naval aviator and combat veteran who never forgot his ties …

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Called to Serve

Since November 28, 1775, the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps has been inspiring hope, strengthening spiritual well-being, building resilience, enhancing readiness, and providing solace for service members around the globe, in times of war and in peace. At Navy Medicine West (NMW), regional headquarters for all Navy Medicine health care and dental treatment facilities along the West Coast and Pacific Rim …

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Navy Medicine’s First Female Flight Surgeon Looks Back

By Capt. Jane McWilliams Hardman, Medical Corps, U.S.N., Retired Editor’s Note. The following is an excerpt of an oral history with Capt. Jane McWilliams Hardman from May 2018.[i] In December 1973, then-Lts. McWilliams and Victoria Voge made history as the first female flight surgeons in the Navy. Hardman would go on to serve over 20 years in the Navy as …

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A Hero of the Bloody Nose Ridge: The Story of Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class Joe Marquez and the Fight for Peleliu

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery *** On the morning of September 15, 1944, the 1st Marine Division began their assault on a tiny coral island in the Central Pacific called Peleliu. For Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class Eleuterio “Joe” Marquez[1] this would be a baptism of fire. The 19-year old Los Angeles native had …

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Navy Medicine on the Santa Margarita Ranch: A Look Back at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton’s First Years

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery   “My first duty station was Santa Margarita Ranch in Oceanside.  I had my choice of duty stations anywhere in the U.S. but a buddy of mine talked me into going to the Santa Margarita Ranch because I liked to ride horses.  I figured that a ranch would …

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