A Look Back

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

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

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

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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In the Shadows of Revolt: Hungarian Relief, the U.S. Navy and Humanitarian Assistance in the Cold War Pt. II

By André B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian “Today will be remembered as a day of tears for the 1,750 Hungarian Refugees who came aboard the Eltinge this A.M. The tears were for thankfulness not regret.  They were shared by the men of the U.S. Navy participating in this special mission ordered by President Eisenhower” ~ The official account of USNS Leroy …

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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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