Navy Medicine History

Sacrifice at Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865

By André B. Sobocinski, Navy Medicine Historian In January 1865, Union forces embarked on what was then the largest U.S.-led amphibious operation in history.  Their target was a colossal fort strategically located on a peninsula jutting from the Confederate seaport of Wilmington, N.C.  Its name was Fort Fisher. Naval Brigade attacking Fort Fisher, January 15, 1865. The operations in January …

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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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Five Things You Need to Know About the New Hospital Corps PQS

A new Navy Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS) developed by Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command (NMETLC) becomes mandatory Oct. 1 for Hospital Corps “A” School graduates assigned to a Navy military treatment facility. The new PQS is designed to provide commands a proven method for successful training that supports the commanding officer, benefits the command and guides the Sailor’s …

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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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10 Notable Moments for Women in Navy Medicine

Editor’s note: Although this blog honors several individuals, there are thousands of remarkable women who contribute to the Navy Medicine mission and continue to make an impact every day. 1942: Navy nurse superintendent Sue Dauser is the first woman in the Navy to serve as a captain. She received her commission in the Navy on Oct. 16, 1917.   Feb. 1, 1943: First female hospital …

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