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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Navy Medical Heroes of Midway

By Andre Sobocinski, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery historian June 4, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of arguably, the most pivotal naval battle in his­tory. The one-day battle re­versed the tide of World War II in the Pacific, six months after Pearl Harbor. Following the Battle of Midway, Japanese Imperial Forces were on the defensive for the remainder …

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Five Facts about African-Americans in Navy Medicine

By Andre Sobocinski, Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery African-Americans were among the first Sailors to serve as loblolly boys (precursors of today’s hospital corpsmen). Among these first medical Sailors was Joseph Anderson, a 16-year-old loblolly boy who served aboard the schooner USS Eagle in 1800.   On  July 26, 1943 the first class of African-Americans entered Hospital …

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Supporting the “The Right Stuff”: Looking Back at the Navy Medical Department and the Mercury Space Program

Part I: The Johnsville Human Centrifuge By André B. Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery “Here is a multimillion-dollar unique device developed by the Navy, but of such capability that it has received worldwide attention. It has been employed and will be employed as a tool for solving problems of interest to not only the Navy but …

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Saving Shipwrecked Personnel in World War II

By Andre Sobocinski, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Historian After being established in 1942, the Navy Medical Research Institute (NMRI) set forth on an ambitious mission of saving the lives of military personnel through research and innovative thinking. Throughout World War II, NMRI’s staff of scientific troubleshooters pioneered aviation first aid kits, insect repellents, and resuscitation devices and …

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