Navy Medicine Features

The Grey-Hulled Cousins of Hospital Ships: A Short History of the Navy’s Evacuation Transport Ships

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, BUMED On October 12, 1944, Lieutenant Commander Delbert McNamara wrote a letter to the Commander, Fifth Amphibious Force in which he praised the medical care he received aboard USS Rixey (APH-3).  McNamara, himself a Navy doctor, was wounded when an enemy shell penetrated the 3rd Marine Division hospital during the Battle of Guam.  McNamara wrote …

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An Account of 9/11 by a First-Responder

by CAPT (ret.) William Durm, DC, USN Editor’s note. This testimonial was commissioned in 2011 for the Dental Corps Centennial Book. It was a routine Tuesday at the Pentagon.  I was the Commander of the Tri-service Dental Clinic on September 11th, 2001 and had my usual morning staff meeting and I was getting started with patient care when my assistant …

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A Navy Dentist’s Reflections on 9/11

by CAPT (ret.) Gerald Santulli, Dental Corps, USN Editor’s note. This testimonial was commissioned in 2011 for the Dental Corps Centennial Book 9/11 was a day I will never forget. I distinctly remember just finishing up a patient treatment that morning when I heard over the clinic public address system that all providers report to the medical front desk immediately. …

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U.S. Naval Hospital Yokohama and the Great Kanto Earthquake of September 1923

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery U.S. Naval Hospital Yokohama in 1922. All images courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command Nearly 20 years after an era of self-imposed se­clusion was broken by an American trade treaty, the Japanese ports in Tokyo Bay had blossomed into thriving marketplaces of foreign trade. Prin­cipal among them was …

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Historical Notes from Navy Dentistry’s First Year

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, BUMED On August 22, 1912, President William Taft signed into law an act creating a formal corps of uniformed dentists in the U.S. Navy.  This date did not mark the beginning of dental care in the Navy, but rather the formal establishment of a professional community of trained uniformed dentists. Some form of dental care had …

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