A Look Back

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

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. History tells us that the position of deputy Navy surgeon general has not automatically led to selection as Navy surgeon general.  Vice Adm. Faison is the eleventh of 66 (or 17 percent) deputy surgeons general to have been promoted to the highest office in Navy Medicine.  Of these …

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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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What is More Frightening than a Great White Shark?

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Luke Peet, preventive medicine technician, Directorate for Public Health, USNS COMFORT (TAH-20) Over the years there have been numerous films and documentaries on the great white shark.  This feeding frenzy of fear roughly began in the 1970’s, when Peter Benchley’s book “Jaws” was brought to life on the silver screen. Those frightful images and depictions of the …

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

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

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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