Tag Archives: U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

In their own words: Sailors discuss what it means to be a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman

This Sunday, June 17, marks the one-hundred twentieth anniversary of the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps. Provisions in an act of Congress created the Hospital Corps as an organized unit of the Medical Department, and established the Hospital Steward, Hospital Apprentice First Class, Hospital Apprentice, and the warrant rank of pharmacist. Under the act, the Secretary of the Navy appointed 25 …

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What’s in a name: USS Litchfield (DD-336) and her namesake hospital corpsman

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery For as long as there has been a U.S. Navy, ships have been named after military heroes, politicians, and individuals who have made important contributions to the service.1 USS Litchfield (DD-336) is one of hundreds of ships to follow this practice. But unlike those commissioned before or after, …

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The Saga of the Northcotts: Three Brothers at Bilibid Prison

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery In the annals of naval history, perhaps there are no more famous siblings than the Sullivans—five brothers whose lives were lost aboard USS Juneau (CL-52) at Guadalcanal in 1942. Less well-known are the Northcott brothers—John (b. 1918), Robert (b.1920) and Thomas (b.1921)—three seamen apprentices-turned hospital corpsmen who miraculously …

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Remembering HM3 Bienvenido Dona – Filipino pioneer and U.S. Navy medical hero of Vietnam

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery On January 15, 1955, Bienvenido Dona enlisted in the U.S. Navy – one of the nearly 1,000 Filipino nationals to enlist that year. At age 27, the Northern Mindanao native had been older than most recruits in-processing at the Naval Base Sangley Point, Cavite, Philippines.  But like other …

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Navy surgeon general strengthens Navy Medicine’s ties with Brazil

Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, met with senior officials and toured Brazilian Navy medical facilities during a visit to Brazil March 11-14. Accompanied by Force Master Chief Hosea Smith, director, Hospital Corps, this series of meetings gave Faison the opportunity to strengthen Navy Medicine’s ties with their Brazilian counterparts. …

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