A Look Back

The “Sacred Twenty”: The Navy’s First Nurses

By André B. Sobocinski, Navy Medicine Office of the Historian May 13th marks the 104th anniversary of the Navy Nurse Corps. On May 13, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Naval Appropriations Bill authorizing the establishment of the Nurse Corps as a unique staff corps in the Navy.     Initially, all Nurse Corps candidates were required to travel to Washington, D.C., …

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BUMED’s “Change of Port”

By Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, U.S. Navy Surgeon General Shipmates and Colleagues, There is something I want to convey to all of you that I believe is of the upmost importance, particularly after taking part in the wonderful “Change of Port” ceremony here on the BUMED compound last week. Thank you again for all those who helped plan the event …

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When is Navy Medicine’s Birthday? Or Birthdays?

By André B. Sobocinski, historian with the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and editor of The Grog, A Journal of Navy Medical Heritage and Culture.  Anyone who has served in the U.S. Navy can tell you that heritage and tradition are of utmost importance to this service—especially when it offers the opportunity to serve a ceremonial dessert.  Navy …

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Rush relieves watch at BUMED

By André B. Sobocinski, Navy Medicine Office of the Historian With the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery’s departure from its Hilltop in Foggy Bottom this summer, we find ourselves saying good-bye to an old friend. Roland Hinton Perry’s bronze likeness of Dr. Benjamin Rush has stood watch for 108 years of Navy medical history from his limestone perch on the …

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