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Hospital Corps School, Balboa Naval Hospital, San Diego, California

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Comment by Robert L. Doty on Friday

Attended A School in 1966. They were starting one new company a week with 30 classmates and the training was 16 weeks.  By the time we were leaving, they had increased the number of new companies from one to two or three, and reduced the training from 16 to 12 weeks.  The demand for Hospital Corpsmen was increasing exponentially as the war in Viet Nam escalated.  HOLY CRAP! 

Comment by Cort Jensen on July 14, 2014 at 3:47pm

Anyone have a class photograph of the first class to start in Jan 72, I think we graduated Apr 72. Class nurse was a CDR Clancy.  Thanks

Comment by Bruce Farr on July 12, 2014 at 11:17pm

To this day I fondly remember my days at Balboa. I was there from 01/76-04/76.  LOL, all I wanted was FMS, but in the Navy's way of things was sent to NRMC JAX. I still work in the field.  Over the years I obtained my EMT/Paramedic license, MLT, Rad License, and have had a great career in medicine.  The Navy trained me well. I look back now, seen the changes in my past duty stations. The building I trained to become a corpsman now gone, the dispensary I worked in now gone.....  Makes me sad in a way, but the memories are wonderful.  Hopefully I will be able to connect with some of my old shipmates and relive those memories that I have forgotten.

Comment by Steve Jackson on May 3, 2014 at 2:43pm

Graduated inSept 1962

Comment by Charles D. "Chuck" Harris on February 6, 2014 at 1:51pm

I "flew over" San Diego on Google Earth the other night. Wow the command building at Balboa with the fountain out back was still there. My garage apartment that I rented on 4th ave in 1974  was still standing. The stucco apartments on 4th St was still an active apt building. Wasn't sure if Bldg 26 was still there. USS Recruit and foot bridge could be clearly seen. 

Comment by Jim Decota on January 26, 2014 at 2:39pm

Welcome DocHarris! I graduated in March of 73, company 25A.

Be prepared for the things that we discover when we look back! As this site grows and we discover those shipmates we lost track of, life tends to jump up and stick you in the old Gluteous Maximus!

I stil have my company graduation photo and booklet. The presence of the internet has made the process so much more possible to find those friends!

But, we have to be prepared to see things like this! Richard was our company's "Educational Petty Officer"

Comment by Charles D. "Chuck" Harris on January 26, 2014 at 2:03pm

Hello fellow corpsman, I graduated Corps School in Nov of 1973. I was only in the old barracks for a few days until the company formed. The nurse in charge of the company was named Beebe and the CC was a HM1 name Wiseman. I have a picture of the class if anyone is interested. Update: I stayed in the USNR until 1998. Will turn 60 in a year and will no longer be a "gray reservist"

Comment by Charles Teague on January 26, 2014 at 12:54pm
Graduated Basic HM 3/91
Comment by Randall Keith Hunter on January 26, 2014 at 12:03pm

anyone on here who was either Staff or student from 01/86 to 01/91?

Comment by ted blair on August 1, 2013 at 12:21am

Thanks Terry.  Sorry I missed that reunion, but so much has changed, sometimes I wonder if it wouldn't be best just to keep the memories of the way the place was in 68 when I got there.

 

Thanks for the lengthy response, very informative.  One member of my company was KIA 22 APR 1970 ... Don Russell Scott ... rest of the company made it as far as I can tell.  Corpsmen are such a great group of guys, it is an honor to have been part of that tradition.  Turned my life around ... I was an 18 year old kid with no direction who was a mediocre student at best ... Corps School taught me discipline, focus, commitment and I exceeded my own expectations academically, competing with guys that had degrees in chemistry, biology, and physics and me with a high school education kept right up with them ... it  was a great boost of confidence.  And when I worked general surgery -- gunshot wounds, shrapnel wounds, amputations ... I learned about compassion and service to others and exceeding my own limitations on what I thought I was capable of.  The Navy gave me that opportunity and I will be forever grateful. 

 

I have some pictures of the barracks at the bottom of the hill, but you say that is gone now ... not surprised, it should have been torn down in 68!

 

How was your deployment to Vietnam?  Man, you are the real deal when it comes to being a Corpsman. 

 

Thanks for the reply.  I have thought about those days a lot, and it is nice to hear from others with the same experience.  I'm glad I finally found this web site.  When did you complete HCS?  I arrived in Oct of 68.

ted

 

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