For those Navy Hospital Corpsmen who served in the United States Navy and/or the United States Marine Corps.

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  • I just created a new medical command for the Medical Clinic at Pearl Harbor.

  • Anyone know what happened to HMCS Garrelts or LCDR Carroll that were at HM "A" school in San Diego in 72/73?

  • Yes, as a corpsman i carried a lot of bodies, in civilailan EMS I have move even more. It is part of the job. I never leaves the mind. Yes, I member the glass iv bottles, and can still regulate drip rates by counting the drops, I still use maskng tape too, in the field. There were also glass jars of water for chest tubes. I remember the "grey goast" ground transport ambulance used to cross the 300 miles of desert to San Diego. I broke down often in the middle of the Salton Sink refusing to start. There were of course no radios, no telephone  and certainly cell phones were only seen on Star Trek. Critical enlisted wounded Marines lay in my care with no help coming but God.

  • I am still a medic on Oklahoma Civilian Ambulace for the last 32 years in the field. I am still a Corpsman, Navy and Marine. 36 years serving..

  • United States Navy RTC/NTC, NRMC Balboa San Diego C School Hospital Corps, Marine Corps Air to Ground Combat Training Center Twenty NIne Palms three years on the run with US Marines.. Field,and B.A.S. Branch Hospital. Honorable Discharge. I remember the troop carriers towed by tanks, the dust, heat, and bombs!  Radio active skies and large scorpions.


  • BZ to all who where and are Corpsmen.

  • Hi Joshua: You were lucky to go to school at Great Lakes. Mt recruiter said I would go there to after boot camp. He was not a very good liar as I ended up  at corp school san diego california on 23 november 1970. Five months later I was at Naval Hospital Beaufort South Carolina where I toiled for 25 months in a land where the people  do not know the civil war was over and they lost. Martin E. Kinsey USN/RETIRED!

  • David, I know what you mean about "haunting"! I was born and raised in Boston. So, I never took any pics of the place. It is good though that they saved a few of the buildings there. The enlisted barracks is now condos.They even have a web page for it!

    The old hospital down by the river is still there and condos as well as some of the officer's quarters and the old maint. bldg

    LT, I see that the Portsmouth buildings are still standing. I wonder what the future for them is! Although, it looks as though the old hospital in Newport is slated for the wrecking ball!

  • Jim, I do remember those tunnels going every which way. They did go to the woman's barracks. I guess I just missed the Waves being in the same barracks...there probably are a few tails to tell around that. When I became a Senior Corpsman on the Ward I worked on I got a room with one other guy...moved out of the open dorm. I have a lot of pictures that I have to dig out and scan to post here... God the memories of this place are haunting!!! 

  • I was a corpsman at the Portsmouth, NH Naval Hospital and frequently made ambulance runs to the Chelsea Naval Hospital.

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Hats Off to All my fellow Corpsman!

This is my first day on here and I am so pleased and proud to find it.I spent my time 1969-1974 active, from Orlando Boot to San Diego Corps School, CHELSEA Naval Hospital, Senior Corpsman of Ward 14, Dirty Orthopedics and then Camp Lenjeune 2nd Amtracs, Force Troops, Camp Lejeune.Have been in healthcare ever since as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. I gave my first breathing treatment in 1970......Thank you All for your Service!!!Curt Hiller, HM3

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navy hospital corpsmen

may 31 1956 was the day i graduated from hospital corps school great lakes. spent 18 months at the philly naval hospital working on locked ward t-18. gave electric shock treatments 3 times a week. went to argentia newfoundland, naval air station base hospital from 1958 thru 1959. best years of my life.

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Fleet Marine Force Service medal/ribbon

The Navy has yet to recognize the FMF service of thousands of Grunt Docs who have served side by side with the Marines for generations. In 1984 then Navy Secretary Lehman came out with an FMF ribbon but only for FMF service after 1984.The Navy should either recognize all of us Grunt Docs or none at all; choosing only those whose FMF service was post 1984 is a slap in the face to PRE-1984 FMF Hospital Corpsmen.FMF Ribbon service post 1984.gif

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