A Look Back

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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The Wrestler

By BUMED Historian’s Office Editor’s Note: There are many colorful characters in the Navy whose stories live on long after they retire from the service. There can be little doubt that in the pantheon of these “larger than life” figures retired Rear Adm. William McDaniel, MC stands tall.  McDaniel served 30 years in the Navy Medical Department where he commanded five …

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Navy Medicine and the Eradication of the Tetanus Menace

By André B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian Before the advent of tetanus antitoxin, “lock-jaw” attacked many of the wounded and killed almost all of its victims. Antitoxin prophylaxis and treatment improved the situation but, in spite of the best possible use of antitoxic serum, tetanus still occurred, and those who developed the infection, the mortality remained high. ~Capt. W.W. Hall, MC, …

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The Gap between Medicine, Leadership and Statecraft: The Unexpected Way this Surgeon’s War College Experience Helped Close that Wound

By  Cmdr. David Gwinn, MC, Chief of Department of Orthopaedics and Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Associate Professor Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences  I departed for War College anticipating broad and deep exposure to the U.S. foreign policy and national security strategy process. I hoped to learn the intricacies of the national security …

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