Navy History

Dr. French Moore & the advent of the Navy’s Jeep ambulance

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery World War II’s Pacific battlefields spurred a need for versatile vehicles capable of transporting casualties across rugged terrain. Throughout the war, the Army and Navy had typically turned to the Dodge Model ¾ ton truck as a “field ambulance” for overseas operations. According to reports, the Dodge was …

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The deadliest catch: A surgeon’s journey from fisheries to the U.S. Navy

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery It had been a typical day aboard USS Bataan (LHD-5) when word rang out that casualties were inbound via MV-22. Fleet Surgical Team (FST) No. 6, an 18-member mobile augmented readiness unit comprised of surgeons, trauma and ICU nurses, medical techs, a family doc and a psychiatrist, collectively …

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Marking Two Decades of “Frames of Choice”

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery This year the Navy marks an important milestone in the history of military-issue eyewear. Twenty years ago the military’s bespectacled masses were finally freed from the optical burdens of the standard issue. . The S9 (male) and S8 (female) standard issue glasses could be called something of an …

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Remembering Navy Medicine at Normandy

By André B. Sobocinski, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery historian On September 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 Medical Heroes of Midway

By Andre Sobocinski, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery historian June 4, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of arguably, the most pivotal naval battle in his­tory. The one-day battle re­versed the tide of World War II in the Pacific, six months after Pearl Harbor. Following the Battle of Midway, Japanese Imperial Forces were on the defensive for the remainder …

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