Navy Medicine Features

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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Apollo Swap: One of Navy Medicine’s Favorite Furry Shipmates

The photos below showcase Rear Adm. Anne Swap, Navy Medicine East (NME) commander, and  her certified service dog Apollo Swap, who also works as a facility dog for NME.  Apollo regularly greets patients and staff at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), bringing a smile to everyone he meets. Navy Medicine East oversees the delivery of medical, dental and other health care …

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I am Navy Medicine, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Ronald Laganzon

My name is Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Ronald Laganzon. I often tell people “I may have only been active duty for 17 years, but I’ve been in the Navy my whole life.” My interest in the Navy began at an early age, because I was born at Naval Hospital Subic Bay and my mother and grandfather served. My mother served …

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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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FIVE NAVY MEDICINE MOMENTS IN DECEMBER 2018 [PHOTOS]

Every day, more than 63,000 Navy Medicine personnel are operating forward around the world, providing agile and rapid health care support to the Navy and Marine Corps. Saving lives wherever our forces operate is what we do, be it above the sea, on the sea, below the sea or on the battlefield. The following photos depict important events and our …

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