A LOOK BACK

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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A Look Back: Angels of the Airfield

  By André B. Sobocinski | U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Historian When the Naval Air Transport Service (NATS) R4D broke through the clouds of volcanic dust and smoke to land on Iwo Jima on March, 6 1945, it carried more than whole blood and medical supplies for the wounded. On board this flight was a 22-year-old Navy …

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