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Five Facts about African-Americans in Navy Medicine

By Andre Sobocinski, Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery African-Americans were among the first Sailors to serve as loblolly boys (precursors of today’s hospital corpsmen). Among these first medical Sailors was Joseph Anderson, a 16-year-old loblolly boy who served aboard the schooner USS Eagle in 1800.   On  July 26, 1943 the first class of African-Americans entered Hospital …

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I Am Navy Medicine: Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Cameron Graham

Editors Note: Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Cameron Graham was named Navy Medicine’s 2016 Sailor of the Year on January 27, 2017 I joined the Navy Medicine team because many of my family members also work in the medical field, so I always knew I wanted to follow in their footsteps and help others. My family has been blessed with a wide range of medical …

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I Am Navy Medicine: Hospital Corpsman 1st Elizabeth Richeal

I joined the Navy in October 2005, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Unbeknownst to me, I was continuing a long family history of not only Naval Service but service in the Hospital Corps with three other family members currently serving as hospital corpsmen from the ranks of a 3rd class to a senior chief. It has become a “family thing”, as the Sailors …

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I am Navy Medicine – Petty Officer 2nd Class Maria Eloisa Almazar

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Maria Eloisa Almazar, Operational Readiness, Navy Medicine East PORTSMOUTH, Va. – My mom, a registered nurse, has been my biggest inspiration in my pursuit of a medical career. I was also in the Navy’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) throughout high school and truly enjoyed the experience. Being able to merge these two things …

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I am Navy Medicine – Petty Officer 1st Class Bernard Anthony Morales

By Petty Officer 1st Class Bernard Anthony Morales, Staff Administration, Navy Medicine East PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Navy has always been a part of my family. I have uncles who retired as master chief petty officers; two as senior chiefs, two as chiefs, two as first class petty officers, and one as a commander.  My aunt, a retired commander, started …

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