Navy History

In the Shadows of Revolt: Hungarian Relief, the U.S. Navy and Humanitarian Assistance during the Cold War Part I

By André B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian  “I urge in the name of humanity and in the cause of peace that the Soviet Union take action to withdraw forces from Hungary immediately and to permit the Hungarian people to enjoy and exercise … human rights and fundamental freedoms.” ~President Dwight D. Eisenhower, November 1956 *** Fifty nine years ago, Lt. Betty …

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Navy Medicine and the Eradication of the Tetanus Menace

By André B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian Before the advent of tetanus antitoxin, “lock-jaw” attacked many of the wounded and killed almost all of its victims. Antitoxin prophylaxis and treatment improved the situation but, in spite of the best possible use of antitoxic serum, tetanus still occurred, and those who developed the infection, the mortality remained high. ~Capt. W.W. Hall, MC, …

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Longtime Navy Medicine Historian Receives Prestigous Forrest Pogue Award

By André Sobocinski, Historian, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Oral histories are basic tools used to capture first-hand accounts and memories of particular events, time periods, as well as personal and career experiences. For the last thirty years, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED) has operated an active oral history program designed to document Navy Medicine’s own stories for posterity. The …

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Capt. Phillips and the Fight against Cholera

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Cholera is a killing disease. It strikes quickly, and if you don’t get treatment quickly you die…Cholera is an intestinal disease. It quickly attacks the body’s organisms and causes acute uncontrollable diarrhea and great loss of body fluids…Cholera is also a highly contagious.   ~Voice of America Radio Documentary on …

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Navy Hospital Corpsmen: Ready To Respond, Anytime, Anywhere

By Force Master Chief Sherman Boss Editors Note: Originally posted Feb. 18 – Navy Live, the official blog of the United States Navy The history of the Hospital Corps is well documented by heroes like the corpsmen who fought at Iwo Jima, as well as the many Navy ships and buildings that bear their name. Four hospital corpsmen received the Medal of …

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