A Look Back

The 34th Surgeon General Looks Back on 911

By Vice Adm. Michael Cowan, as told to BUMED History Office Editor’s Note: Vice Adm. Michael Cowan was only thirty days into his tenure as Surgeon General of the Navy when the attacks on September 11th took place.(1)  Instantly, the world had changed and Navy Medicine’s course would forever be altered to meet the new challenges ahead.   In a recent oral …

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Come September Morning

By Steven Van Der Werff, BUMED Public Affairs Author’s note: For 21 years, first as a photographer and then retiring as a Chief Mass Communication Specialist I had the unique privilege of telling the Navy story; call it being a paid tourist. The past five years I’ve done the same as a civilian and in June my good fortune continued when I …

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Medical Officer Recalls Gulf of Tonkin Incident

On August 2, 1964, USS Maddox (DD-731) was on a routine patrol in the Gulf of Tonkin (international waters) when three North Vietnamese torpedo boats commenced a high speed torpedo run on her.  The incident would lead to the so-called “Gulf of Tonkin Resolution” giving the president the power “to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against …

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An Untapped Ocean of Opportunity, Part III

  By NMRC News   “If need be, we could work well into the night as it didn’t make a lot of difference to the bottom dwellers. Days looked like nights; it was dark on the bottom all the time.” ~QMC Bob Barth, Aquanaut, SEALAB II Commencing August 28, 1965, SEALAB II was an ambitious and, arguably, the most successful …

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Around the World and Back: A Tale of Two MSC Microbiologists

By Lt. Cmdr. Maya Williams and Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kasper, Naval Medical Research Center  Editor’s note: August 4th marks the 67th birthday of the Medical Service Corps. Lt. Cmdr. Maya Williams, Head of the Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Department at Naval Medical Research Center and Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kasper, Deputy Director for the Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System …

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