Navy History

WWII Surgeon Develops Light Field Ambulance

By André B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian Like the birth of smart phone culture and social media a century later, the first decades of the twentieth century saw great societal changes at the hands of new technology, namely the automobile.   Roads and traffic laws, traffic signs and signals, garages and gas stations sprouted up across the U.S. landscape during these years; …

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Remembering Navy Medicine at Normandy, Seventy Years Later

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery On Sept. 27, 2012, Dr. Lee Parker the last surviving Navy physician from the Normandy Invasion died at the age of 95.(1)  With his death the public was again reminded that Navy Medicine played an unsung role on June 6th, 1944 in what Gen. Dwight Eisenhower termed the …

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Navy Medicine Plays Ball on the Field of Dreams

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery In the photographic archives of the Naval Historical Center there is an image of a Navy officer baseball team dated 1895. Although the location the photograph is up for conjecture, the seated man holding a baseball bat is not. The man is none other than future Navy surgeon …

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Navy Medicine Presents “The Grog”

By Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery It is with great pleasure that we offer you the latest “ration” of The Grog, a Journal of Navy Medical History and Culture. In this installment, we celebrate the Centennial of the Hospital Corps Handbook, look at the famous careers of several former Hospital Corpsmen, remember Major League Baseball’s …

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The Early Years of Navy Hospitals: From 1804 to Present

By Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Two hundred and ten years ago, Navy Surgeon Edward Cutbush established Naval Syracuse, Sicily to provide medical support for the Mediterranean Fleet then engaged in war with the Barbary States (1). Although other medical facilities did exist around this time, Naval Hospital Syracuse was the first hospital to be …

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