Inside Navy Medicine

My Interpretation of the Hospital Corps Pledge

By Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Michael Burger Editors Note: HM2(FMF/SW) Michael Burger has spent the majority of his nine year career attached to Marine Corps units.  As a platoon corpsman he deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is currently leading petty office of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s Operational Forces Medical Liaison Services office. “I solemnly pledge myself before God and …

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Why did I become a Corpsman?

By Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Michael Vogel When I’m asked why I become a Corpsman, I often give a short answer. Briefly stating the objective of any person who possesses the characteristic of empathy and has chosen the medical field as their profession: to help others and save lives when the time comes.  But I  feel this is sometimes an inadequate answer and that the …

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Honoring the Legacy of Navy Nurses Worldwide

By Rear Adm. Rebecca McCormick-Boyle, commander, Navy Medicine Education and Training Command and director, U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Editors note: The following was originally posted on  Naval History & Heritage’s Naval History Blog. January 6 commemorates the 72nd anniversary of one of the most tragic, yet heroic and triumphant moments in Navy Nurse Corps history. On that date in 1942, 11 …

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Hospitalman John E. Kilmer Remembered

By Larry Coffey, Navy Medicine Education and Training Command public affairs officer  As the Navy Medicine Education and Training Command public affairs officer and a retired Navy journalist, I cover a plethora of Navy events in the San Antonio area. This past summer I attended a graveside memorial service just outside San Antonio honoring Medal of Honor Recipient Hospitalman John E. …

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Hospital Corps’ Top Doc

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei CAMP HANSEN, Japan – There were an estimated five thousand casualties suffered during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and independent duty corpsmen did their best to prevent the deaths of those injured. Petty Officer 1st Class Wilson Rodriguez, Jr., now an IDC himself, served as a hospital corpsman on …

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