Navy History

The Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy: A Statistical and Biographical Retrospective, Part I

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Prior to becoming Navy surgeon general, Vice Adm. Faison served as commanding officer of Naval Medical Center San Diego, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and Expeditionary Medical Force (EMF) Kuwait. In fact, thirty-three (78 percent) surgeons general were former commanders of Navy hospitals. Prior to 2011—when the Walter Reed …

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Swimming with Sharks: Navy Physician Remembers the Indianapolis Disaster Part II

By Capt. Lewis Haynes (1912-2001)  Editor’s Note. Any “Jaws” fan can tell you that the U.S. Navy has its own unique history with sharks. In what is known in movie parlance as simply the “Indianapolis scene,” fisherman Sam Quint (Robert Shaw) tells Brody (Roy Scheider) and Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) a horrifying shark tale of the crew of USS Indianapolis, a Navy …

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Swimming with Sharks: Navy Physician Remembers the Indianapolis Disaster Part I

By Capt. Lewis Haynes (1912-2001) Editor’s Note. July 30, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of a harrowing event in naval history. On July 30, 1945, USS Indianapolis (CA-35) was returning from a secret mission (transporting the atomic bomb) to Tinian Island when it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sank into the Philippine Sea.  The survivors remained at sea for four …

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A Medical Device for the Ages: Historical Notes on Admiral Stokes’ Stretcher

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery “In taking up the subject of the transport of disabled persons one is amazed at the enormous energy that has been expended in that direction, and is disappointed at the crudeness of the devices that have been evolved.” ~Rear Adm. Charles Francis Stokes *** Washington, D.C., 1927:   At …

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In the Shadows of Revolt: Hungarian Relief, the U.S. Navy and Humanitarian Assistance in the Cold War Pt. II

By André B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian “Today will be remembered as a day of tears for the 1,750 Hungarian Refugees who came aboard the Eltinge this A.M. The tears were for thankfulness not regret.  They were shared by the men of the U.S. Navy participating in this special mission ordered by President Eisenhower” ~ The official account of USNS Leroy …

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