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Naval Hospital Corps School, San Diego, CA

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

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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.


Comment by Terry Schiele HM-2 (RN) on July 30, 2013 at 12:56am

Hi Ted, There are a number of Hospital Corpsmen here but our lives span some different time.  You graduated in Feb of 69 and I graduated in April of 1968. Our company lived along with our sister company in the other half. Co. 27-68 was us and 26-68 lived on the North half.  I have visited the site  and a lot of the place is changed. Due to the insight of others in my company there are pictures that survive.  The barracks are gone and I had planned a reunion that got to be a hurry because I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.  Only 8 of us showed up but for all of us it was the best days of our life. We had a grand time and the people that hosted us at the hospital were just great.  We were each accompanied by a member of the hospital staff. When we got to the training area for advanced Corps training it was just above the old barracks and all of us went and looked over the hill to see the area where we started. No buildings and only cars parked there now.  The staff said that they use the hill for physical training. About 25 of us went from HCS direct to  FMSS at Del Mar.  They were preparing us for a trip to Viet Nam for the next Tet.  The most recent grads did not go but went to duty stations. (USNH Camp Pendleton) (and Corpus Christi) Eventually all of us that went to FMSS did go to Viet Nam. I went to  1st Bn, 4th Marines, 3rd Mar Div and then the last year was with the 3rd Marine Air Wing. None of us were killed which was the question when we saw other members of our 62 member company. Ms Green was our Company Nurse and I was in contact with here for a while.  I believe she suffers from PTSD also. I am in contact with 46 of our group.  Most are PTSD affected. I do have pictures of Balboa, some of FMSS.  I will see how I can get them to you.  There are some pictures of Balboa on the internet.  Much of the Spanish influenced buildings are gone.

I also stayed in the medical field.  I became a Registered Nurse and worked in the OR in Cardiovascular Nursing for 34 years.  Our Company had 8 Registered Nurses, One MD, Two PA's, 4 OR techs, One MSC officer in Lab Sciences, 4 HCMS who stayed in, one was stationed aboard Nuclear Subs and was Chief of the Boat, One runs an ambulance company.  One became a California Highway Patrolman and had some issues when he was trying to help accident victums and his chief told him not to.He still had those responses to help people but they did not want him to get in trouble. You can see there are a lot of medical people.   I hope all this  history does not bore you.  I spent many years and a lot of phone time looking for all these people.  Terry

Comment by ted blair on July 29, 2013 at 11:41pm

Attended HCS Nov-Feb 1969, CO 24-69, graduated 20 Feb 69.  Lived in the barracks at the bottom of the hill, which I understand is gone now.  Most of what was there at the time appears to be gone now.  Have not been back since I graduated, would like to see the place again.  Are there any pictures of Balboa in the 60's?  Upon graduation, transferred to Naval Medical Center, Naval Hosp, Bethesda, MD.  Worked general surgery (Ward 4C) and then went to school and became NP Tech, MOS 8485.  Transferred to NTC Orlando (NOV 69) and assigned to Recruit Evaluation unit at RTC. Transferred to Naval Hosp, Orlando in 1970 and became Senior Corpsman in 1971. Discharged from active duty Aug 72 as HM2.  Enjoyed duty in Orlando, arrived before Disney World opened.  Lived off base at the del Coronado Apts and attended Rollins College at night.  Sad to see demolition of the base  and the old hospital, lots of fond memories there.  Being a Corpsman is one of the best things to happen in my life. I have been the faculty advisor to the Veteran's Club at the college where I teach and I am still "DOC" to the Marines.  Recently had a Corpsman, two tours in Afghanistan, in my classes.  The job is pretty much the same. Miss the good old days, I'd do it again in a heart beat. Last year a student at the college had a seizure .. I've been out of the Navy for 40 years, but I rendered aid to that kid like it was yesterday.  Some skills and training you just don't forget.  I will forever be grateful to the Navy because they gave me a chance to make a difference.

Anybody out there from Co 24-69?

Ted Blair                                                          

Comment by Jim Decota on June 2, 2013 at 2:50pm

Well Doc Hunt, you'll find them here! I  believe the Corpsmen are the type that tend to remain in the shadows and not seek out any limelight! We all share more than just a rating in common. I think the reason we all became Corpsmen is the result of something deeper in our make up! I too continued in that medical realm after the Navy and maintained my EMT for 30 years. Though I was one of the "lucky"(doesn't seem the right term) ones to have never served in Nam, after the Navy I saw things that may have fit the scenes there. From babies that died in house fires to teens that were mangled beyond recognition in accidents, they all are images I will always carry with me. For myself, I learned to balance those with the images of the newborns that couldn't wait for the hospital and the youngster that got back a life that may have ended but for my or another's actions.

But just in case, we Corpsmen again don't just share a rating! So, you have shipmates (and shore mates) here!

By the way, you can also go back! I did! I am the ship's Corpsman on a museum ship. Believe me, with the age and health status of her veteran crew, I am going to have to find another Corpsman soon to augment our crew!


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