Five Facts about African-Americans in Navy Medicine

(Photo courtesy of BUMED Historian)

By Andre Sobocinski, Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery African-Americans were among the first Sailors to serve as loblolly boys (precursors of today’s hospital corpsmen). Among these first medical Sailors was Joseph Anderson, a 16-year-old loblolly boy who served aboard the schooner USS Eagle in 1800.   On  July 26, 1943 the first class of African-Americans entered Hospital …

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Supporting the “The Right Stuff”: Looking Back at the Navy Medical Department and the Mercury Space Program

Part I--The Mercury Seven in April 1959

Part I: The Johnsville Human Centrifuge By André B. Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery “Here is a multimillion-dollar unique device developed by the Navy, but of such capability that it has received worldwide attention. It has been employed and will be employed as a tool for solving problems of interest to not only the Navy but …

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Saving Shipwrecked Personnel in World War II

U.S. Navy Corpsmen at the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan carry a patient to the Hospital.

By Andre Sobocinski, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Historian After being established in 1942, the Navy Medical Research Institute (NMRI) set forth on an ambitious mission of saving the lives of military personnel through research and innovative thinking. Throughout World War II, NMRI’s staff of scientific troubleshooters pioneered aviation first aid kits, insect repellents, and resuscitation devices and …

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A Look Back: Angels of the Airfield

  By André B. Sobocinski | U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Historian When the Naval Air Transport Service (NATS) R4D broke through the clouds of volcanic dust and smoke to land on Iwo Jima on March, 6 1945, it carried more than whole blood and medical supplies for the wounded. On board this flight was a 22-year-old Navy …

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