Marines

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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Beyond Heroism: Hospital Corpsmen and the Battle for Iwo Jima

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, US Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Arthur C. Clayton administers a blood plasma injection to a wounded Leatherneck, Feb 1945. At 0900 on February 19th, 1945, the first assault waves from the 4th and 5th Marine Divisions hit the beaches of Iwo Jima.[i]  Embedded within these units were corpsmen like Pharmacist’s Mate Second Class …

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Navy Medicine Round-Up: Prevention is Critical to Readiness

As Preventive Health Month comes to a close this August, we remain committed to keeping Sailors, Marines and their families, healthy, ready and on the job through prevention. Here are a few examples of preventive health initiatives in action across the Navy Medicine enterprise: Preventive Health: Get Your Screenings Preventive services and immunizations are your best defense against serious illness …

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A Message from the Navy Surgeon General: Readiness, Health and Partnerships

By Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general Shipmates, Navy Medicine is dedicated to the best readiness and health in the world and it is our mission to keep Sailors, Marines and their family ready, healthy and on the job. As your 38th Navy surgeon general, I understand the significance of quality care and the increasing role patients play in …

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I am Navy Medicine: Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Sarah Pacquette

By Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Sarah  Pacquette, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center I have served in the Navy for 15 years, and proudly wear my Fleet Marine Force qualification pin on my uniform that signifies I’m qualified to serve with the United States Marine Corps. I’ve always had enormous respect for my grandfather, who served as a yeoman in …

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