A Look Back

The Day the Navy Hospital Fell

Story by Andre B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian U.S. Naval Hospital Yokohama and the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 Nearly 20 years after an era of self-imposed se­clusion was broken by an American trade treaty, the Japanese ports in Tokyo Bay had blossomed into thriving marketplaces of foreign trade. Prin­cipal among them was Yokohama. By 1872, the former fishing village offered …

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The Taming of the Elephant Shrew: A Look Back at Navy Medicine’s 1948 Expedition from Cairo to Cape Town

By Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery “He was the most agile talker to whom I ever had listened,” Admiral Lamont Pugh would later recall of his meeting 26-year old explorer-to-be named Wendell Phillips in August 1947.1 A former Superintendent of the Navy Medical School, Pugh was serving as the Deputy Chief of Bureau of Medicine …

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What Price A Rose? A Navy Physician Remembers Nov. 22, 1963

By Capt. James Morningstar Young, MC, USN, and edited by Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Editor’s note: On Nov. 22, 1963, the body of President John F. Kennedy was transported from Dallas, Texas, to the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), Bethesda, Md. where a postmortem examination[1] was performed by a team of military pathologists[2]. Some 38 …

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Navy Medicine Presents “The Grog”

By Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery It is with great pleasure that we offer you the latest “ration” of The Grog, A Journal of Navy Medical History and Culture. In this installment, we look back at the lives of the 22 Hospital corpsmen who received the Medal of Honor; revisit the Cuban-Missile Crisis through the …

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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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