Navy History

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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Called to Serve

Since November 28, 1775, the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps has been inspiring hope, strengthening spiritual well-being, building resilience, enhancing readiness, and providing solace for service members around the globe, in times of war and in peace. At Navy Medicine West (NMW), regional headquarters for all Navy Medicine health care and dental treatment facilities along the West Coast and Pacific Rim …

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Navy Medicine’s First Female Flight Surgeon Looks Back

By Capt. Jane McWilliams Hardman, Medical Corps, U.S.N., Retired Editor’s Note. The following is an excerpt of an oral history with Capt. Jane McWilliams Hardman from May 2018.[i] In December 1973, then-Lts. McWilliams and Victoria Voge made history as the first female flight surgeons in the Navy. Hardman would go on to serve over 20 years in the Navy as …

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