Navy Medicine

A Look Back at the First African-American Nurses in the Navy

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, BUMED From the dawn of the U.S Navy, African-Americans have played a vital role in its history and have embodied the basic tenets of service and commitment to duty.  At the same time, the African-American experience in naval history is a story about breaking barriers, living through a segregated service, and overcoming limitations of opportunity …

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Remembering the “33”: Looking Back at Navy Cross Corpsmen of Vietnam

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, BUMED Petty Officer Third Class William Barber deployed to Vietnam in June 1968, a little less than two years after enlisting in the Navy.  When arriving in theater he was assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division.  Months into his deployment, his unit was tasked with securing an abandoned landing zone …

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Navy Medicine and the Investigation on Thompson’s Island, 1823

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, BUMED When the United States acquired the Spanish colony of Florida in 1821, Key West was nothing more than a sleepy fishing village known originally known as Cayo Huesa (“Bone Reef”). Seeing the strategic value of the property, the Navy took control over Key West in March 1822 and renamed it “Thompson’s Island” in honor …

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Profiles in Medical Power – LCDR Harry Qui

LCDR Harry Qui Assistant Director for Administration and Logistics Officer PEOPLE LCDR Harry Qui received his degrees from University of Connecticut. He is a prior recipient of medical research training grant from National Institute of Health. He has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and recently presented at an international scientific conference. He enhanced his career by attending the rigorous Navy …

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Profiles in Medical Power – LCDR Vikas Shrivastava

LCDR Vikas Shrivastava, MC, USN USS Bataan (LHD 5) Senior Medical Officer PEOPLE LCDR Shrivastava received his commission through the NROTC program at the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently attended Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine through the Health Professions Scholarship Program.  He completed a transitional internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and served as General Medical Officer aboard USS …

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