A Look Back

Navy Medicine Highlights First African-Americans in the Navy Medical Department

By Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery From the dawn of the U.S Navy, African-Americans have played a vital role in its history and have embodied the basic tenets of service and commitment to duty. At the same time, the African-American experience in Navy history is a story about breaking barriers, living through a segregated service, …

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A Look Back: Navy Medicine in 1913

By Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Much has changed over the past 100 years in not only the United States, but in Navy Medicine as well.  Here’s a look back 100 years ago.  In 1913, the U.S. population had reached 97,225,000 and stretched across 48 states with the additions of Arizona and New Mexico into the Union. …

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Teddy Roosevelt and the Navy’s PRT

By Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Today’s U.S. Navy espouses a “culture of fitness,” and “physical readiness,” but this was not always so.  In the early 1900s, many including the president himself, Theodore Roosevelt, were appalled by the lack of physical conditioning in the Navy. In his autobiography, Roosevelt wrote, “Many of the older officers …

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“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

By Master Chief Hospital Corpsman (SW/AW) Robert Coddington, Navy Medicine Operational Training Center Command Master Chief Those words, spoken the day after an attack on American soil 71 years ago,  which claimed the lives of more than 2,400 Americans and wounded 1,100 more, sank four U.S. Navy battleships and damaged four more, sank three cruisers, three destroyers, one minelayer and …

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Fall 2012 edition of “The Grog”

By André B. Sobocinski, historian and publications manager, Office of Medical History, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery It is with great pleasure that we present to you the fall 2012 edition of THE GROG. In our attempt to meet our standards of variety, we offer you original articles on: Mr. Roosevelt and the Origin of the PRT, Corpsmen of …

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