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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 Gregory Charles Hunt on June 2, 2013 at 12:46am

Although I look for other Hospital Corpsman, I find very few remaining. Even current one'seem scarce. I am proud of having served  the USMC and the USN. The tales I tell, seem not to resonate with outsiders. One carries quiet  a bit inside, from the military end as well as the civilian side of EMS which grew directly out of my military service.  The Va has civilian professionals who were never vets, who could not relate. It is not their fault. One carries the memories inside always. One friend said  " suffering is eternal, yet it is in the way we confront it that matters." Indeed even after 36 years it remains deeply real. This makes this group important.

Comment by Gregory Charles Hunt on June 2, 2013 at 12:28am

NRMC San Diego, Hosptial Corps School Graduate.... May 1977.... Hm3 USN  Veteran, Honorable Discharge 36 year medic. Civilian. Cold War Vet. Post Vietnam by about a year. Anyone remember  the Pearl Harbor survivors who taught these as well as Chief Preston Vietnam vet corpsman? Other names are Lt Shock, Napier, and Strahan who lost his school after donating his blood to save a child. He was sent direct to Jordan.

Comment by Ernest H Bradley on May 30, 2013 at 10:40pm


  Thank you for your service to the Navy and the Marine Corps. I can relate to the feelings that you carry from your Vietnam deployment. The difference is that I have blocked so much that I don't remember and maybe I'm better off for it. I was in-country from Oct. '69 to the end of Sept.'70. I have had the opportunity to reacquaint with some of the Marines and Corpsmen that I was with, 1st Marines Charley Company. I never thought in a million years that I would ever hear from any of them again. I look at pictures and read the memories of others and it helps. Thanks for sharing yours.

             Ernest H. Bradley HM3

Comment by Terry Schiele HM-2 (RN) on May 30, 2013 at 7:56pm

Greetings Corpsmen, 

***There are some visuals here you may not want to read***

Just some thoughts about HCS and duty from 1968-1969 that have filled in since my last post. (Warning, I am on a chemotherapy today called Decadron today and it makes me very talkative so hang on..You may not want to read this.) Our company elegible members from 27-68( I am guessing 25 of us)  went direct to FMSS at Del Mar Camp Pendleton. We had a large group and I remember there were four companies of about 60-70 members each company. Most were HM-2 and above. The barracks was right in front of the Forced Recon training barracks and of course one of my Corps School members stole the their bell brought home from Viet Nam and guarded 24 hours a day.  (Because it was there!) We got a very nice talk from the Colonel of the Forced Recon and he convinced Bennet to return the bell because he know the Hospital Corps and Marines had such a close relationship but we hadn't learned that as yet.  (We would in the near future) I respect that Colonel to this day in his approach to this issue.  No repercussions, ever.   We learned a lot in those five weeks but we were issued M-14's and I did not fire an M-16 until I was in Viet Nam.  (All of Co 27-69 went to stateside duty stations for about a year except those that went to schools.  (I still don't know how they did that and I had to go to Viet Nam) Our two highest grade members 98.2 and 98.4 spent their entire tour stateside, 29 Palms, and somewhere in Virginia. I was Sr Corpman in Urology at Camp Pendleton and about January of 1969 the hospital all at once just emptied out of Corpsmen. Extra duty for the remaining and more duty. Found out later that they all went to Da Nang Hospital in expectation of another Tet. Bennet had volunteered to go to to Viet Nam in Nov as he could not handle stateside duty. Our Senior Corpsman in Orthopedics (30-A) had gotten orders a bit earlier and in less than 5 weeks he was a patients on that same floor in a body cast complete with maggots cleaning out the devitalized tissure from the sachel charge. ( We were now starting to wake up) Arrived in Viet Nam in Aug 4, 1969 and went into the receiving area of Da Nang right after choppers had landed and taken care of the wounded. They all left with the wounded and there was one left  that I thought I would go talk to since I expected was not badly wounded.  As soon as I got close I turned on my heel and walked out quick.  (I was now fully awake). Got a C-130 ride to Vandegrift Combat Base and had incoming each day on the two days there.  Third day I was standing next to a Marine Captain and we got incoming and he was wounded.  Time to react Schiele!

After I was discharged in 1971 I went to Nursing school and worked in Open Heart surgery for about 32 years.  I think it helped in handling the PTSD issue the next few years of my life.  One nurse even said that it seemed like I was handling being in a war zone a lot better than a lot of other people she had seen. Little did she know what the Corpmen, Army Medics, and Navy Nurses, Doctors and Army counterparts saw and lived through. We are right there with each of them.

Got out of Viet eary in November to go to Okinawa and Japan to train for cold weather training to go to Korea.Our Colonel had a heart attack during a forced march so we did not go. Tour over I was stationed at MCAS El Toro with 5 squadrons. They are all at Miramar today. I am glad I had time to decompress at the Third Air Wing before getting out. Even diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma from Agent Orange today I would do it all over again. I am proud of the Hospital Corps and proud to have been a Hospital Corpman.  Thank you all for your service no matter what you were assigned to.  It is just the luck of the draw.


Semper Fi and Smooth Seas,

Terry Schiele HM-2  (RN, CNOR (Emeritus), BS)


Smoking lamp is lit 

Comment by Roger Dale Raymond on May 26, 2013 at 8:05pm

Graduated from Corps School in November of 77. Took 2 weeks leave and then came back to San Diego and was stationed at Balboa for the next four years. Balboa Hospital aka USS Never Sail.


Comment by Tim Bonine on March 3, 2013 at 3:47pm

HM A School from January through April 1982 was a blast!  From there it was on to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, and then to NSHS Bethesda.  Naval Hospital Portsmouth was my last duty station before getting out in 1987.

Comment by Martin Kinsey on February 16, 2013 at 9:16pm

Any Corpmen out there who were stationed at the Naval Hospital Beaufort South carolina in the early 70`s? Please contact martin E. Kinsey at his web site on this page!

Comment by Will Dixon on January 31, 2013 at 9:53am

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since 1959 when I attended HCS at Balboa Hospital. It was the start of a long career in the medical field as a Radiologic Technologist

Comment by Michelle Burnett (Miles) on January 31, 2013 at 9:28am

I was there Nov 1992 to March 1993.  Loved it!

Comment by Brian Skeoch on November 15, 2012 at 4:39pm

I just found my old Naval School of Health & Science class grad picture.  March, 1985. there were probably only 20 of us.  it was during the time that the new Naval Hosp San Diego was being built so our class rooms were in temp portable buildings. It sure was fun.  


Brian Skeoch



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