Navy History

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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A Look Back: Navy Medicine in 1914

By Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery As the twentieth century’s first “Great War” erupted on the European stage the United States held to a policy of “strict neutrality” under President Woodrow Wilson. In 1914, the American population numbered 99, 111,000 people across 48 states. The year was marked by many “firsts” in this country including …

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The Taming of the Elephant Shrew: A Look Back at Navy Medicine’s 1948 Expedition from Cairo to Cape Town

By Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery “He was the most agile talker to whom I ever had listened,” Admiral Lamont Pugh would later recall of his meeting 26-year old explorer-to-be named Wendell Phillips in August 1947.1 A former Superintendent of the Navy Medical School, Pugh was serving as the Deputy Chief of Bureau of Medicine …

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What Price A Rose? A Navy Physician Remembers Nov. 22, 1963

By Capt. James Morningstar Young, MC, USN, and edited by Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Editor’s note: On Nov. 22, 1963, the body of President John F. Kennedy was transported from Dallas, Texas, to the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), Bethesda, Md. where a postmortem examination[1] was performed by a team of military pathologists[2]. Some 38 …

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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 look back at the lives of the 22 Hospital corpsmen who received the Medal of Honor; revisit the Cuban-Missile Crisis through the …

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