A Look Back

Witness to Pearl Harbor: USS Solace

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery USS Solace 0755, Sunday, December 7th, 1941.  Pearl Harbor, T.H.  A group of physicians eating breakfast in the wardroom of the hospital ship USS Solace (AH-5) become startled when several explosions were heard.  As the ship began to vibrate the impression that an earthquake had hit soon shifted …

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Remembering Navy Medicine in the Balkan Crisis

By Rear Adm. James A. Johnson, Jr., Medical Corps, U.S. Navy, Retired Editor’s Note.   In the years following Josip Tito’s[i] death the tenuous confederation of states known as the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia disintegrated under the strain of ethnic nationalism.  Serbs, Croats, and Slovenians—Catholics, Orthodox Christians and Muslims— each fought to establish their own geographic borders based on their …

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A Hero’s Image: Dr. Al Mateczun and the Medal of Honor Photograph

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Before his career in the Navy, retired captain Dr. Al Mateczun, MC, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1964. After pilot training and reconnaissance school at Shaw AFB, tours in France and Idaho, he deployed to Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam where he flew 200 missions …

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The story of Sgt. Schmid and Navy Medicine’s rehabilitation of the blind in World War II

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery For thousands of World War II veterans wounded during the conflict, the war’s end was only the beginning of a long and trying road to recovery. Al Schmid was one of these veterans. The 22-year old Marine from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, had served at Guadalcanal when fighting was at …

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A Navy Nurse Remembers President George H.W. Bush

  By Capt. Joan Huber (Ret.), Nurse Corps, USN Editor’s note: President George H.W. Bush’s passing on November 30, 2018, gives us a reason to a pause and look back at the life and legacy of a leader who served with honor, kindness, and integrity.  President Bush was a former naval aviator and combat veteran who never forgot his ties …

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