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Remembering HM3 Bienvenido Dona – Filipino pioneer and U.S. Navy medical hero of Vietnam

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery On January 15, 1955, Bienvenido Dona enlisted in the U.S. Navy – one of the nearly 1,000 Filipino nationals to enlist that year. At age 27, the Northern Mindanao native had been older than most recruits in-processing at the Naval Base Sangley Point, Cavite, Philippines.  But like other …

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Scientist on the Frontlines: Commander Benjamin Espinosa

Editor’s Note: A Colorado native, Cmdr. Benjamin Espinosa received his undergraduate degree at University of Colorado at Boulder, worked as an organic chemist for several years then realized he wanted to work on drug resistant tuberculosis and microbiology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where he received his doctorate. His work on vaccine development at Colorado State led him …

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Five Navy Medicine Moments in March 2018 [Photos]

Every day, more than 63,000 Navy Medicine personnel are operating forward around the world, providing agile and rapid health care support to the Navy and Marine Corps. Saving lives wherever our forces operate is what we do, be it above the sea, on the sea, below the sea or on the battlefield. The following photos depict important events and our medical professionals at work …

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Dr. French Moore & the advent of the Navy’s Jeep ambulance

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery World War II’s Pacific battlefields spurred a need for versatile vehicles capable of transporting casualties across rugged terrain. Throughout the war, the Army and Navy had typically turned to the Dodge Model ¾ ton truck as a “field ambulance” for overseas operations. According to reports, the Dodge was …

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Navy Surgeon General Visits Williamsburg, Yorktown Medical Commands

The visits included all hands calls with the staffs, facility tours, lunch with junior Sailors, and meetings with command leadership. Faison spoke of the commands’ roles in maintaining the health and well-being of Sailors and Marines not only today, but into the future. Navy Medicine is a global health care network of more than 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the …

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