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

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Comment by Eric Cooper on Saturday

I went to "A" School in Great Lakes in 2009, then went to Fleet Medical Training Battalion in Camp Pendleton in 2010. I was stationed at Naval Hospital Bremerton from 2010-2012 and Naval Hospital Rota from 2012-2014. Never went on any deployments.

Comment by Terry C. Gremillion on February 24, 2017 at 11:54pm

I went to Hospital Corpsman "A" School in San Diego in 1984.  I served as a Reservist for 12 years.  I was affiliated with Reserve units attached to NAVHOSP CHERRY POINT, Fleet Hospital, NAVHOSP PENCLA, and a Marine Corps Reserve unit out of Baton Rouge, LA.

Comment by Gregory Eastom on July 17, 2016 at 5:26pm
I went to my A school at Great Lakes in 1984, I went to 8404 training at Camp Lejune in 1984 before being assigned to Naval Hospital Orlando Florida emergency room until 1986 when I was transferred to Camp Pendleton assigned to echo 2/1 until 1988 when I got my honorable discharge! I re-enlisted for 2 years to be ships company on the USS Fort Fisher LSD 40 and I got my honorable discharge in 1991 when I was hired as a Medical Technical Assistant (MTA) with the California Department of Corrections and I retired on my 50th birthday in 2014! I am curious if there is anyone here that served during some of the same times as I did
Comment by Fred Russell Crowder on April 25, 2016 at 6:48pm
Michael Marquette: Yes, Mary was a great nurse. She was on the day shift when I worked on Ward "N". Our wad docs were LCDRs Klofkorn and Davies. Ran into Dr Klofkorn 3 years later at Balboa and even a few years later I ran into Dr Davies back at Bremerton. Had a lot of great days at Bremerton and even more when I did reserve duty there and the new hospital which was dedicated in 1980 or 1981. I hated the night security duty when you to do rounds throughout the compound
Comment by Michael M. Marquette on April 25, 2016 at 11:06am

USNHCS 10/6/67-2/1/68  SAN DIEGO

I WAS STATIONED AT NAVHOSPBREMWASH MARCH - OCTOBER 1968 THEN ON TO VIETNAM.  I WAS ON WARD N WHILE IN BREMERTON AND MARY BOEHME AND I BECAME GOOD FRIENDS AS A RESULT OF WORKING TOGETHER ON THE NIGHT SHIFT.  SHE WAS MY MORAL SUPPORT WHILE I WAS IN VIETNAM.  WE STAYED IN TOUCH AFTERWARDS FOR SEVERAL YEARS THEN LOST CONTACT.  I REMEMBER CAPT. BROWN. SCOTT MCCREEDY, LCDR, WAS WARD N MEDICAL OFFICER.  WHILE I WAS

VISITING A FRIEND FROM BREMERTON IN KALISPELL, MT, HE GAVE ME A SURPRISE MEETING WITH DR. MCCREEDY AT THE HOSPITAL THERE.  THIS WAS IN 1991.  IT IS NICE TO HEAR FROM THOSE FROM MY NAVY DAYS.

Comment by Fred Russell Crowder on April 23, 2016 at 9:16pm
Richard Doggett: I was stationed at Bremerton in 71 until Feb 72 when I transferred to Naval Dispensary, Seattle with Captain Roy Brown who was previously at Brememrton. He was one hell of a great CO there in Seattle while he was by the book in Bremerton.

Wonder if you knew nurse Mary Boehme from Ward "N".

Also Tony Morrell, Jerry Sobrero, Tom Burn, John House, Wally Mattern, HMCS Lau, HMCS Coombs and many others
Comment by James B. Johnson on April 23, 2016 at 10:37am

Hi Fred, The HMCS Dahlke I knew was William (Bill) Dahlke.

I recall the name of Captain Hunter during my time at HCS San Diego but, don't remember if he was current or former CO at that time.

Comment by Fred Russell Crowder on April 23, 2016 at 1:36am
James B. Johnson: What was the first name of HMCS Dahlke. I went to X-ray school with a Fred Dahlke but he couldn't have made HMCS in 4 years from a HM2. He wasn't at NH Guam in late 76-August 78
Comment by Fred Russell Crowder on April 23, 2016 at 1:16am
Went through "A" School from Jan through May 1971 at HCS San Diego. Barracks was 125 right above the club and in front of the hello pad., I was one of 3 who were older then 21. Remember bringing cases of beer and hiding it under the barracks. Those were the days with Captain Hunter. Also had him as CO 3 years later when I was in X-Ray school. Got called into his office with Security one day for an apparent charge of destruction of a pub in Scotland. Never was stationed anywhere except boot camp, Nav Sta San Diego, Bremerton, and Seattle. Had been given my rights and told I might end up in the brig until I asked how could I have done it since I was never stationed in Scotland. There was another Fred Crowder who was also transferred to San Diego but held at Nav Sta 32nd Street about the same time I was TAD there awaiting my school. Once Captain Hunter realized the screw up, he apologized, dismissed me from his office , but Security was held there and heard that the Security Officer got his ass reamed for allowing charges to go forward without checking my service record History of Assignments. Funny now but I was scared shitless when in his office.
Comment by Richard Doggett on June 15, 2015 at 4:26pm

Greetings. Request permission to come aboard.

Just joined the group and glad to have run across some of my brothers in arms and mates. I enlisted in June 1968 "Hospital Designated" which meant I had no choices except Corps School or Dental Tech School. Went to boot in San Diego and Corps School at Balboa graduating in Jan '69. From there to NAV Hosp Chelsea MA. 

Worked originally on a medical ward (12 days on 2 off) and then in the delivery room down in the dependents wing. Got orders to the 3rd MAR Div for August '69, then amended to 1st Mar Div for December, then amended to 3rd Marine Amphibious Force arriving in Vietnam Jan '70 and assigned to the Combined Action Program (CAP).

In country we went through 3 weeks of guerrilla warfare and counter-insurgency training, Vietnamese language school, qualified on m-16, m-60, m-79, PRC 25 radio, orienteering with map and compass, demolitions and general explosives. Corpsmen trained right along with the Marines and passed all of the same tests.

I was assigned to CAP 2-7-2, 2nd Combined Action Group out of Hoi An. Our CAP was assigned to a village with 4 hamlets. We were supposed to have 14 Marines and 1 Corpsman, but there were usually only 10-12 Marines due to illness, wounds or R&R. We lived in the bush with no rear area or down time except for wounds, illness or R&R. I was wounded twice - only one counted for a purple heart. Spent 302 days in the bush and was pulled out in Jan 71 to work at 1st Med BN for 3 weeks until I rotated home.

Spent my last year at Nav Hosp Bremerton WA. Got out and less than a year later reenlisted and came back home. Back at Bremerton, I applied for the NENEP program and was selected and went on PCS orders to the University of Washington for four years and graduated in 1977. Immediately was commissioned as an Ensign in the Nurse Corps, made LT in 3 years and hated the politics. I did not fit in with the female dominated branch as they were very covetous of the higher ranks since at that time the only path to admiral for a woman was the Nurse Corps. They didn't like a mustang LT with more combat ribbons than the Master Chief. So, at the urging of an old Vietnam buddy, I jumped ship and transferred to the Army Nurse Corps with the promise of grad school and education as a Trauma Nurse Specialist. Dressed in green once again, I felt truly back at home.

During my Army time I was stationed at Fitzsimmons AMC in Denver, Brooke AMC,  San Antonio, 121st Evac Hosp in Korea, and Madigan AMC at Ft Lewis Wa. I retired in 1990 having trained the nurses who would staff the triage areas at the 41st Combat Support Hospital before they deployed to Desert Storm.

I then worked as a trauma nurse and flight nurse (rotor) for several great trauma centers in California, Texas and Washington. I retired fully in 2004 as the multiple surgeries on my shoulder to repair damage from a grenade in Vietnam caught up with me. I wrote a book inspired by my experiences and now spend time with family. My one regret is that my military career, from E-1 to O-4 took me away from my family too much of the time. 

I still have issues with pain and decreased mobility in my shoulder from the nerve damage and attempts at surgical correction but at least they kept me wired together long enough to fulfill my career. Still have some issues with PTSD but it does get better with time.

So I'm half Navy, quarter Marine and quarter Army.

 

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