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Chelsea Naval Hospital

Naval Hospital, Boston , MA

Veterans: 15
Latest Activity: Dec 18, 2015

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Chelsea Jan '69 - Dec '69.

Started by Richard Doggett Jun 15, 2015. 0 Replies

Greetings. Request permission to come aboard.I was at Chelsea right after Corps school in San Diego. I worked on Ward G for a few months and then was transferred to the delivery room. I also remember…Continue

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Started by Curt Hiller. Last reply by Jim Decota May 5, 2014. 5 Replies

I was stationed at Chelsea directly from San Diego Corps School. For 2  years I was the Senior Corpsman of Ward 14, DIRTY ORTHOPEDICS. Stayed at the barracks first year and moved into an apt. with 3…Continue

Chelsea memories

Started by David Fauquier. Last reply by Kenneth A Burdick Feb 10, 2014. 3 Replies

Geez...I was just playing around on my computer and there it is...I was at Chelsea out of Great Lakes Hospital Corps School July 67. I was there until sometime late 68 I think. I was on Ward 2 and…Continue

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Comment by Robert Putnam on August 16, 2015 at 8:40am

Where to start. Forgive the rambling, I was stationed at Chelsea Naval from 1966 to 1968. I initially was assigned to the Nursery. I remember a hot nurse by the name of Denise. I remember one corpsman by the name of Joe. I was reassigned from Ward duty after contacting a staph infection. I was assigned as Barracks Master At Arms(BMAA) . It was my duty to make sure everybody made roster, uniform of the day, personal hygiene etc. From there I was assigned to the Laundry room under the guidance of “Pop” Halloreen (sic). He eventually resigned and I was put in charge. I remember the civilian in charge last name was DiPasqilie (sic) and the head seamstress name was Ann. From there I was reassigned back to the wards as a Senior Corpsman float. I can't remember much about this duty. I remember I was constantly going from one ward to another because I had the keys to Narcotics cabinets. I remember having wheelchair races in the tunnels leading from the Dependents building to the Main building . I remember the day Judy Garland came to the wards. She was so drunk out of her mind, she fell coming up the steps to the Main building. She sang “Over the rainbow”on every ward after a piano from special services was provided. Sorry about rambling, but it seems like a life time ago( it was). My only regret is I didn't stay in touch with my friends and take any pictures of my time at Chelsea. If this brings back any recollection to any of you , please let me know. Would love to hear from you.

Comment by Clifford Spirek on August 14, 2015 at 5:57pm

It is great to see this site...I was stationed at Chelsea from Mar 73 to Aug 74 working in the Education and Training Department as a HM2 coming from the 2nd Marine Division, Camp LeJeune, NC, via Medical Services Technician School, Portsmouth.  I worked HM3 Davidson, HM2 Hasselbacher, HM3 Harrington, HM1 Overly and HMCS Bauer and ENS McGinn.  Great memories and crazy times. Moved to the Main Hospital when it started shutting down.  I retired after 30 years as the Command Master Chief, 2nd Marine Airwing, Cherry Point,NC in 1997. Chelsea will always have special place in my thoughts.

Comment by Jim Decota on August 7, 2015 at 10:42am

Hahaha! Yep, that old PKU stick in the heel! I hadn't realized I was leaving that kind of legacy! Remember that we had to close the curtains so the parents and others could not see what we were doing? There were those times I "accidently" left them open! OK,it's not that I really enjoyed it! Or...did I? So lomg ago now I can't remember!

Welcome aboard shipmate! Nice to have a memory back! Even if it's that one!

Comment by Robert (Bob) Williams on August 7, 2015 at 8:07am

If you were the one that liked doing those heel sticks on those newborns, then it probably was you.  I do remember that piece.... I hated sticking those little babies... and I do remember that little tiny lad closet across the hall.  I do remember that we never had to muster with the others and I did not get a haircut for a long time.  I have some old pics of Chelsea.... I will have to dig those out and scan them.  Take care shipmate.

Comment by Jim Decota on August 6, 2015 at 6:32pm

Well, Senior Chief since you forgot who....coulda been me! I spent from April to August in the Nursery and a little time in L&D. Usually only when they were busy over there and shorthanded. But, since the downsizing was already in the works, the dependents building saw less and less. I can see that emprty newborn ward across the hall and remember that "lab closet" we used to run the bilirubins and hematacrits! (sp) Plus I always remember how there were never enough scrubs to change into! I wish I could remember names and faces.

Comment by Robert (Bob) Williams on August 6, 2015 at 4:04pm

How very interesting to find a few of you folks still around.  I was stationed at Chelsea from about March of 73 til it was decommissioned.  I was one of the last folks to leave.  When I reported there, I was assigned to SOQ (Sick Officers Quarters).  Chief Lebeeda (not sure of the spelling) was in charge of us ward Corpsmen). I spent some time in L&D and newborn nursery also (there was another male corpsman with me.... forgot who).  Chief Screws was the CPO during the decommissioning fiasco.  Great Chief.  I ended up spending 23 years in the Navy, retiring as a Senior Chief. Good ole Chelsea.  Some good darned times there.... The Zumwalt era. 

Comment by Jim Decota on November 22, 2012 at 11:09am

I'm glad to see NAVHOSBOS alumni finding their way here! I didn't quite make it to DECOM. But,some memories even age can't erase! How many others remember the big events that shape those memories? Even though we were not in a war zone, sometimes life brought us challenges! Things like the Delta crash at Logan in the Summer of 73 and the Great Chelsea Fire in October of 73!

  To this day I am molded by the experiences that a young sailor got to add to their life story. However, each of us had something unique to carry forward and share with our children. I am not sure I expected a stint in OB and the Nursery were going to be on the menu! But, Ohhh the stories!

  Not to get too deep into it but, I remember one that came as a result of having to stop a problem delivery and rush a patient on a gurney through the underground passages,  up to the OR which was in the main building. There was the added factor of a gloved hand placed in a very precarious position and a "Corpsman" concerned about how close a scalpel might come to his fingers once a surgeon started in on a Cesarian! 

Comment by Bill Lupetti on November 14, 2012 at 4:11pm

LOL.. Xin Loi, I forgot I already told Jim that it was my car and picture of Chelsea... Just read what I wrote years ago. I have a lot of pictures of Nam, but just a few of Chelsea. I have to find them and upload them one day soon.

Comment by Bill Lupetti on November 14, 2012 at 4:09pm

I had thought for all these years that I was the only Corpsman who stayed at Chelsea for 2 years. Guy's would go to Nam.... comeback and would say to me." You are still here". I had thought the Navy forgot about me, I was thrown off of Ward A, by the male Nurse McCann who I have since learned that many Corpsman hated his guts. To the laundry. I ran that for a while and amazed the SS Chief that a E-5 and a E-6 asked if they could have that job till they got out of the Navy. I then went to the Dermatology Clinic. Finally made E-4. 2 weeks later had orders for Nam. Oh by the way that picture of Chelsea is one I took before I left to go to Nam.

Comment by Jim Decota on September 13, 2011 at 10:24pm

I guess with that pic the old Pinto has found immortality!



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