A Look Back

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

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By Capt. Lewis Haynes (1912-2001)y  Editor’s Note. The following is the last installment of the story of Capt. Lewis Haynes.(1) I think we saw five or six planes.  You know it’s very hard to see people in the water.  And they weren’t looking.  We all splashed.  The first plane that went over, I remember Cpt. Parke [USMC] having everyone splash …

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

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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

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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

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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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Every Hospital Corpsman Serving Today is the History of the Hospital Corps

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By Master Chief Hospital Corpsman (SS/SW/FMF) Brad McIntire, deputy director, Hospital Corps It is easy for me to stand here and rattle off the MoH’s, Navy Crosses, Silver Stars, Purple Hearts….ships, clinics, Hospitals, buildings named after Hospital Corpsmen. The sacrifices Hospital Corpsman have made serving, not only their country in general,  but in most cases the direct action of coming to …

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