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Field Medical Service School FMSS

For seven boot camp-like, rifle-toting, blister-breaking weeks, the Navy and Marine Corps team up at Field Medical Service School (FMSS) East to mold standard Navy-issue corpsmen into Sailors good enough for the Fleet Marine Force (FMF)

Location: Camp Pendleton
Veterans: 45
Latest Activity: Aug 16, 2019

Discussion Forum

Lost and damaged FMSS Company photos.

Started by Dave Chapman Oct 22, 2017. 0 Replies

Good afternoon. Looking for replacement photos of my FMSS unit with company photo, to replace the ones that were lost and damaged to water. I was at Camp Johnson from May to June of 1982; Thanks in…Continue

Does Anyone remember my Brother? FMSS early 1967

Started by Dean Vercruysse Sep 11, 2016. 0 Replies

Hello to all, and Thank you all for your service!  My brother HN Gregory P. Vercruysse went through FMSS at Camp Pendleton the very first part of 1967. He went to Viet Nam in late April, early May…Continue

Semper Fi, Folks

Started by Curt Hiller. Last reply by Timothy Michael Shalk Mar 25, 2014. 9 Replies

Okay, 1972, 2nd Amtrac Btn, Force Troops, Camp Lenjeune, Courthouse Bay Dispensary. Been there and definitely done that. Quite an experience but I am proud of the 2 years with the Marines. I am a…Continue

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Comment by Timothy Michael Shalk on April 23, 2014 at 11:07pm

John - when you were in oakland do you remember a young LTJG Nurse named Noreen Emerson, or Linda Robson?  Both worked "dirty" ortho at Oak Knoll.

Comment by Timothy Michael Shalk on April 23, 2014 at 11:05pm

Steve = you were just a week or two ahead of me.  Meaning we likely crossed paths at some point.  Used to go body surfing at Del Mar Beach when on liberty. FMSS was quite an experience.  But as others have said, I learned enough to be dangerous, and it served me well going forward.  And although I was never cut out to be a grunt, I grew to respect the Corps and was proud earning my #8404 designation........It was a crazy time,.... no regrets. 

Semper Fi

Tim "Doc" Shalk

Comment by Steve Jackson on April 23, 2014 at 8:53pm


I was there just before you, E6708 C Co, Sept 1967.

Comment by James A. Fairbarn on April 23, 2014 at 12:59pm

Good morning Docs! Went through FMSS at Pendleton in '65. Don't recall the class # etc. but enjoyed every minute! Went to Nam right after graduation. Served with 1st MAW, MAG-12, Chu Lai! Good to still be on the right side of the dirt! Semper Fi!   

Comment by John Nicholas Wurth on April 23, 2014 at 12:58pm


I am not sure why they rushed us through so fast. I had to go back into my records to make sure of the time frame. Other than the humping out in the desert and the firearms practice, I didn't learn much more than I already knew from a medical standpoint. I did learn a heck of a lot about the Marines which gave me a much higher level of respect for them and their training regimen. I gained significantly more medical experience working on the " dirty ortho " ward at NH Oaknoll in Oakland, CA. which helped me in dealing with traumatic injuries during my tour in Vietnam.

We as Corpsman always wanted to give the best medical care possible for our Marine charges. You know, it was more than the " do no harm " credo. But I always felt in someway inadequate, as if I could have or should have been able to do more. I guess that is how many Doctors feel when they lose a patient.The there is the " survivor guilt " thing. It took me a long time to come to terms with that. My Skipper, Capt. Sheib, told me at one of our reunions that it was the " luck of the draw "...of not being at the wrong place at the wrong time. " PD the MD who cures VD " Doc Reineger put it another way. He claims it is " all about the karma "!

Semper Fi Brother,


Comment by Timothy Michael Shalk on April 23, 2014 at 12:14pm had a very short class.......we were there from September till mid November ( at least 10 weeks ) ...... also 1967....class  E-6709 Delta Co.

Comment by John Nicholas Wurth on April 23, 2014 at 11:20am
I went through FMSS from Jan 2, 1967 to Feb 2, 1967. I believe our class number was #6701. Anyone out there from that class?
Doc Wurth
Comment by Robert Gregory Baker on April 23, 2014 at 9:38am

I went through in Jan and Feb. of 1982 .....haven't seen any one on here in that time period yet 

Comment by Timothy Michael Shalk on April 23, 2014 at 9:18am

I was right behind you Bob - Pendleton.......September-November 1967


Comment by Bob Northcutt on April 23, 2014 at 7:14am

At camp Delmar, Ocean Side, (Pendleton) May, June 1967 anyone else?


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