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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 Lindsey E. Ford HMC (SW) on June 12, 2013 at 6:16pm

I doubt they were using a civilian photographer - I would start with FMSS - they probably have an archive of photos on the base - one would think. I just looked at the back of my FMSS class pic and there is no civilian company name on it! Good luck and Semper Fi!

Comment by Christopher Sylvanus Barker III on June 12, 2013 at 2:32pm

Does anyone know where I can obtain a copy of the official photograph of Class E-6705, A Company, Summer 1967?  Interesting times!

Comment by Terry Schiele HM-2 (RN) on February 18, 2013 at 6:01pm

This is a pic of Charlie Company at FMSS Camp Pendleton, April/May of 1968. We had four companies (big) to train Corpsmen for Viet Nam since Tet had just occurred. Two just graduated HCS companies (about 40 men) and many Corpsmen from the fleet and hospital duty stations. Our training was only 5 weeks since they needed Corpsmen in Viet Nam. Our DI SSgt Allen.  We loved this guy and the training he gave us. He had been to Viet Nam already and treated us with great respect. Picture above is from the 1st Marines, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division where I was stationed with in Viet Nam. Also was with the 3rd Marine Air Wing at El Toro upon return CONUS.  Was assigned to VMGR 352 (C-130's), VMFA 242, VMA 214, and MAWTUPAC 37. Black Sheep Squadron.  MAWTUPAC was the most dangerous as it was top secret. They had loaded weapons at the gate. This is just some history. Terry

Comment by Martin Kinsey on February 18, 2013 at 4:57pm

went to field med school montford point July 1973 for 4 wonderful weeks learning to become a part time marine. 

Comment by Lindsey E. Ford HMC (SW) on January 18, 2013 at 9:42am

Went through in the spring of 74, ahh such memories, Camp Pendleton in the spring time. After school I went to the 11th Marines (cannon cockers) 43 area, should have stayed there. We worked Monday through Friday, no duty and we lived in our own barracks with two man rooms.

Comment by Ron Ruiter on January 17, 2013 at 6:39pm

I went through FMSS at Montford Point - Camp Lejeune NC back in 1964. Spent my entire enlistment there at Camp Lejeune, 10th Marines. At first I thought this was going to be a bad duty station, but turned out to be great. Loved it all. Would have stayed in but feared going to some hospital.

Comment by Richard Oropeza on January 19, 2012 at 3:49pm

Here's a copy of my Field Medical Service School Class 7506-I photo dated 26 March 1975. I'm on the right side, second row fron the bottom, fourth man in the photogrey shades.

Comment by Richard Oropeza on January 2, 2012 at 11:01pm

Went to FMSS at the Camp Del Mar 21 Area of Camp Pendleton in 1975, remember the hikes to the FMSS training area on the other side of the 5 Fwy. Also trained as the first EMT certified corpsmen through Palomar College at FMSS. Then received orders to the 1st Engineer Bn at the Camp San Mateo 52 Area of Camp Pendleton. Good times and camaraderie....

Comment by Brian K.Bowen on November 13, 2011 at 4:39am

Sometime in1982, went to FMSS CampPen, 21 area, man i miss the beach. had a good DI and spent close to 10 yeras with the grunts...

Comment by Steve Lund on September 19, 2011 at 3:37pm
Went through Jan to ??? 1977. It was in area 21, Del Mar then. Initially was pissed about going through some kind of boot camp again but I had just gone through boot camp so I "got it". I have to say it was a blast. The marine instructors where these really crusty Vietnam veterans. They busted our gonads but were really cool. I can't repeat the songs we were singing when double timing to class but phrases like "pink mist" and "napalm sticks to  ****" were included.

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