Not Using American Made Shirts?

Not Using American Made Shirts?

Not Using American Made Shirts?

You Should Apologize!

When producing custom military designs, custom law enforcement (LEO) shirts and fireman shirts for our nation’s bravest wouldn’t it make sense to not using American made shirts?

Doesn’t it simply make sense?

There are companies out there, and we mean a lot of them, that promote their shirt designs and find some clever trick to engage your patriotism and support of America either through a quote from an American Army General or Admiral, political and American great such as President George Washington or Abraham Lincoln but when the ink is finally dry on their Salvadorian, Mexican or Vietnamese made shirts, the memes created and published on Facebook or Instagram followed by some truly stupid ass small business owner thinking that rolling down some hill in panties simulating an Airborne drop is going to sell some shirts they might be right. But where they are wrong is that these hooligans aren’t selling shirts Made In America! And for that they should apologize!

Sure you can call them and write them, post to their Facebook page and intelligently ask the question why their shirts aren’t American Made and why they don’t support American Made products and for your effort you get the following “I am running for political office too busy to respond intelligently to your inquiry” reply.

“We have such a large demand for our shirts, producing almost as many as Nascar here that we cannot locate an American shirt company that can keep up with our production.”

In short: Lame.

Also: Not true.

So as these companies continue to press home their chest thumping diatribe on how great America is they quickly forget (intentionally it seems) that they put profits ahead of America! Even though American made shirts might be slightly higher, their craftsmanship is better, they CAN keep up with virtually any demand and let’s face it, it does support America by keeping money in the USA, hardworking Americans at work and supporting our military with more than a fancy quote or cut past military graphic. It supports our men and women in uniform with real American made quality that they deserve to wear and not some Boom Boom Mama San Sweatshop Made in some Fuckamericanstan country!

So while our country and its politicians still refrain from calling out American enemies like China and Pakistan let’s remember that purchasing their shit only helps build their infrastructure and shifts our assets to other countries. Yeah let’s keep doing that right?


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So where in the world does your shirt come from?

We don’t mean the company that is printing the shirt. Where it gets printed is only one small % of the piece of the puzzle. What country does the actual shirt get made in?

If the tag fits wear it!

Does your shirt tag read Made In USA or Made In America or does it have some printing in the shirt that hides this important fact? It’s all in the details. If the company printing or designing your shirts cannot come out and say it then chances are its not USA Made. Ask the question. Inquire. Find out!

Who has recently been asked if their shirts are Made In the USA and been told it is not. If we are wrong then let us know or if recently changes have occurred help us to updater this information. This is not a knock about “this shirt company or that shirt company”. It is about supporting America and her hard working men and women that build this country day after day and it is about our men and women in uniform who deserve more than a shirt made in some overseas sweatshop. The following list discusses the location of the shirt itself and not where it is printed.

Not Made In The USA

7.62 Design – Not USA Made shirts.

Rangerup – Not USA Made shirts.

Unapologetically American – Not USA shirts.

Tapout – Some yes and some no. Confirmed 9-11-2014 with CSR Amy at the following number 866-352-6809

Underarmour – Some yes and some no. Confirmed 9-11-2014 with CSR Lauren at the following number 1.888.727.6687

Made In The USA

Affliction Apparel

Tapout – Some yes and some no. Confirmed 9-11-2014 with CSR Amy at the following number 866-352-6809

Underarmour – Some yes and some no. Confirmed 9-11-2014 with CSR Lauren at the following number 1.888.727.6687


Top US Navy T-Shirt Designs Ever

Top US Navy T-Shirt Designs Ever

October is US Navy Month!

Birthdays, promotions, naval history, specials and balls! It is a month that celebrates the 239th Birthday of the United States Navy and honors its men and women both past and present, its veterans, prior service, naval warriors and is a time to recognize the accomplishments of the greatest naval power in the history of the world.

Top Navy Shirt Designs

Over many years custom naval tees have displayed the courage and dedication felt in the hearts of American sailors and we salute these incredible military naval designs in anticipation of the many exciting things this month foretells.

What are the Top US Navy designs ever? Let’s start!


First, let’s check out the latest 5 designs from Vision Strike Wear!

Navy Seabee We Build We Fight Shirt


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The US Navy squid. Not to be tangled with!

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The USS Halsey gets into the top Navy list. This lady brings her A game to the US Navy fleet!

USS Halsey Heavy Damage Shirt



When the Navy works as a team with the other military branches it sets the standard of excellence.



Then of course their are those that are part of the IYAOYAS red shirt community. High explosive sailors.






The Junior Enlisted Sailors and their JEA Associations have asked for top custom military naval tees over the years. They too wanted a squid that was aggressive and removed all doubts as to whom Owned The Seas!

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Then there are the US Navy squadrons and in one case the Black Lions of VFA-213 who clearly has been a part of the top 50 Navy designs!

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No one commands the seas like Trident except the United States Navy!




When the USS Maine calls for a design then designs come flying faster than a Trident Missile out of the vertical launch tube of a Boomer!



From the biggest of the US Navy ships to the smallest there is a Top 50 Navy design waiting for you!



The FCPOAs of the United States Navy asked for a design that displayed in sepia style the bold Spartan look along with their crows!




Guantanamo Bay Cuba gets into gear with a highly colorful custom US Navy shirt design for their Junior Enlisted Association!

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AUTEC The Bahamas! The US Navy’s Area 51!



VFA-31 Tomcatters get in on the action of being one of the more popular US Navy shirt designs!



SWOS Pearl Harbor gets on the board with this colorful military design!



IYAOYAS community in Okinawa design!

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PACOM Hawaii gets their design thrown into the top designs!





Check out some great mobile game apps during US Navy October Birthday and Appreciation Month!

You cannot beat a great submarine game like Dive! Dive!

Or spend time navigating ruthless obstacles flying your own Osprey!

US Navy Crows, Squids, Gators and Goats Oh My

US Navy Crows, Squids, Gators and Goats Oh My

You will not find a lion, bear or tin man here! What you will find are more aggressive things that hunt ships and submarines at day, at night, in the air, on land and at sea.

The most modern naval power, the United States Navy, has had its mascots over the years. Animals that help define the character or attitude of a special group of US Navy sailors.

So the next question is what do you have when you find a murder, congregation, shoal and tribe massed together?

Murder – A grouping of crows!

Congregation – A grouping of alligators!

Shoal – A grouping of squids!

Tribe – A grouping of goats!

Answer? The meanest most bad ass group of United States Navy sailors!

The US Navy Petty Officers! ~ The Crows!

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US Navy Petty Officers – The Crows!


Petty Officers in the United States Navy are the oldest of the ranks found within the United States Navy! They are proven leaders. They have advanced their careers by providing proof that they are tough both mentally and physically and can handle the rigors of duty both in a command on shore or fighting the seas with their shipmates in the waters, oceans and seas of the world.

Identified as connected as crows the Petty Officers wear eagles above their rank chevrons but tradition in the Navy has them identified instead as crows. The crow is the Petty Officer and the Petty Officer is the crow!


Crow Facts – Meet Mr Corvus!

Some interesting crow facts

“Corvus is a a widely distributed genus of birds in the family Corvidae. Ranging in size from the relatively small pigeon-size jackdaws (Eurasian andDaurian) to the common raven of the Holarctic region and thick-billed raven of the highlands of Ethiopia, the 40 or so members of this genus occur on all temperate continents except South America, and several islands. In Europe, the word “crow” is used to refer to the carrion crow or the hooded crow, while in North America it is used for the American crow or the northwestern crow.

The crow genus makes up a third of the species in the Corvidae family. The members appear to have evolved in Asia from the corvid stock, which had evolved in Australia. The collective name for a group of crows is a flock or a murder.

Recent research has found some crow species capable of not only tool use but also tool construction. Crows are now considered to be among the world’s most intelligent animals with an encephalization quotient approaching that of some apes.” (Source: Wikipedia)

So what we have is one of the most intelligent animals on Earth that hunts in packs called a murder!



Navy Squids – We Own The Seas!

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US Navy squids!


For decades other military branches have tried to issue insults at our US Navy sailors by calling them squids. Truth is you might poke fun at a squid but would you really want to piss it off! Nope! They will drag you down faster that a turbo jet to the oceans depths then grasp you and tear you to bits! So for those of us who have used the word to define American sailors we suggest thinking twice.

Photo: Giant squid attacking bait squid

Meet Mr Squid!

“The giant squid remains largely a mystery to scientists despite being the biggest invertebrate on Earth. The largest of these elusive giants ever found measured 59 feet (18 meters) in length and weighed nearly a ton (900 kilograms).” (Source: National Geographic)

Navy Gators! – Meet the Amphibians!

The US Navy and it days of running landing craft up to beaches, launching attacks from offshore and firing salvos to help pin an enemy down on a beachhead while US Marines engage enemy pillboxes and fortified emplacements has been the calling of the US Navy and its host of amphibious forces. Hello Gator Navy!




Seen what a alligator can do?


So when a group of Alligators get together it is called a congregation.

More facts about alligators

“An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae. The two living species are the American alligator (A. mississippiensis) and the Chinese alligator (A. sinensis). In addition, several extinct species of alligator are known from fossil remains. Alligators first appeared during the Oligocene epoch about 37 million years ago.

The name “alligator” is probably an anglicized form of el lagarto, the Spanish term for “the lizard”, which early Spanish explorers and settlers in Florida called the alligator. Later English spellings of the name included allagarta and alagarto.” (Source: Wikipedia)

The Goat Locker!



Since April 1st, 1893 the United States Navy has maintained a backbone of proven leaders and sailors who are not made. They are built! These are the toughest, most well trained sailors that have ever commanded. They are the leadership and experience of the US Navy! They are the goats!


Between crows, squids, alligators and goats the United States Navy has an arsenal of the most experienced, well trained and dangerous men and women that protect America across the word’s seas and oceans and man the finest and most powerful navy in the history of naval warfare!


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Top 5 Kick Ass US Military Memes on the web

Top 5 Kick Ass US Military Memes on the web

Top 5 Kick Ass US Military Memes on the web

Top 5 Kick Ass US Military Memes on the web . How many millions of military memes have been there over the years that feature a witty statement or an over-used a quote?


How do we know this? We don’t… but it must be a really big number!

Here is the Top 5 military memes for your viewing enjoyment and we predict that at least one of them has made your list at one time or another.

5. There comes a time when a man must spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.


4. Those who say that we’re in a time when there are not heroes, they just don’t know where to look.

Military brothers

3. When it was cool to burn draft card, there were still men who remained loyal to their country. 

Vietnam Veterans

2. From deep within Neptune’s blue

The voices carry of the fallen true

“Cross the lines, conquer your dread

Or join the ranks of Davy Jones’ dead

Davey Jones

1. Lord, make me fast and accurate.

Let my aim be true and my hand faster than those who would seek to destroy me. Grant me victory over my foes and those that wish to do harm to me and mine. Let not my last thought be “If only I had my gun”; and Lord if today is truly the day that You call me home, let me die in a pile of brass.

Let me die in a pile of brass.

116th Hospital Corpsman Birthday Honored

116th Hospital Corpsman Birthday Honored


 Corpsman Up!


The Hospital Corpsman, for 116 years, has been in the hospitals, on the battlefield and putting themselves into harm’s way. All this time, they have been putting our fallen and injured ahead of their own safety. Corpsman go into harms’s way!

Few military organizations will think of their histories with a similar degree of pride and, in some cases awe, as will members of the Navy Hospital Corps. In its century of service, the Hospital Corps has proved itself able to support Marines and Sailors by giving them aid whenever and where necessary. Because the years have progressed, the tools and techniques employed by Hospital Corpsmen and their forerunners have evolved, however the extent of dedication has remained a powerful current running through the Corps’ history.

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Revolutionary War

The first direction given to the organization of Navy drugs consisted of only 1 article within the Rules for the Regulation of the Navy of the United Colonies of North America of 1775.

Article sixteen stated:

“A convenient place shall be set apart for sick or hurt men, to be removed with their hammocks and bedding once the doc shall advise a similar to be necessary: and a few of the crew shall be appointed to attend to and serve them and to stay the place clean. The cooper shall build buckets with covers and cradles if necessary for his or her use.”

Interestingly, the cooper or barrel-maker, whose skills may well be accustomed build bedpans, had a additional careful description than did any reasonably trained health care provider.

A typical medical section was sometimes restricted to 2, maybe 3 men: the doc, the surgeon’s mate, Associate in Nursing presumably an enlisted person. The doc was a medico. The surgeon’s mate, sometimes a doctor furthermore, control standing like that of a contemporary officer however signed just for a selected cruise. though sometimes viewed at intervals the history of the Medical Corps, surgeon’s mates’ position and responsibilities seem additional to be equivalents to senior hospital corpsmen.

Few things modified in medical techniques and organization between 1775 and 1814, the amount covering America’s initial armed service wars. Among the less dramatic responsibilities of caring for the non-combat unwell and harmed was feeding and private care of the sick. the straightforward daily ration of dish or “loblolly” was certain to be carried all the way down to those within the medical house by undisciplined attendants.


Surgeon’s Mate and gruel Boy

Congress approved Associate in Nursing act on March 2, 1799 that traced the words of the Continental Congress’s medical department article sixteen of 1775 specifically. As a result, there was still no title or description for noncommissioned medical personnel. The nickname “loblolly boy” was in common use for therefore a few years that it became the official title in Navy rules of 1814. The gruel boy’s job, delineated within the rules of 1818, enclosed the following:

The doc shall be allowed a trustworthy attendant to issue, below his direction, all provides and provisions and hospital stores, and to attend the preparation of nourishment for the sick.

The surgeon’s mates shall be significantly careful in guiding the gruel boy to stay the cockpit clean, and each article in that happiness to the Medical Department.

The doc shall impose for casual cases on the deck each morning at nine o’clock, due notice having been antecedently given by his gruel boy by ringing of a bell.

The U.S. Navy’s initial gruel boy of record was John Wall, WHO signed aboard the U.S.S. Constellation on Gregorian calendar month one, 1798. The ship sailed with a doc, George national leader, and a surgeon’s mate, patriarch Henry, as well. Eight months later, in Feb 1799, Capt. Thomas Truxton won a decisive ending against the French frigate L’Insurgente within the Caribbean. this could are gruel Boy Wall’s initial chance to worry for shipmates wounded in battle.

Other gruel boys WHO square measure documented in Navy records embrace Alexander Wood, WHO served aboard the U.S.S. county in 1802 and John Domyn aboard the frigate city in 1803. Domyn and also the remainder of the crew of the city were captured at Tripoli by Algerian pirates in Gregorian calendar month 1803 and remained captive till Gregorian calendar month 1805. Further, there was a sixteen year-old gruel boy aboard the U.S.S. Eagle, Joseph Anderson, about 1800. Anderson has the excellence of being the primary proverbial African-American gruel boy.

Surgeon’s Steward and Gruel Boy

A new, senior non-commissioned medical rate, surgeon’s steward, was introduced within the succeeding decades. The term is initial seen in 1841 in Navy pay charts, however it seems that the new billet was solely allowed on larger ships. By one Gregorian calendar month 1843, the executive department issued Associate in Nursing order permitting surgeon’s steward to be assigned to brigs and schooners. The relative importance of medical Sailors was herewith redoubled. Surgeon’s stewards would rank second in seniority among the ship’s petty officers, next solely once the PO.

Herman author, famous author of Moby Dick, provides an outline of the surgeon’s steward aboard the frigate U.S.S. u. s. in White Jacket, his account of Navy life in 1843: “An official, known as the surgeon’s steward, motor-assisted by subordinates, presided over the place [sick bay]…He was perpetually to be found at his post, by night and by day.”

Melville’s careful description of the ship’s medical department notes that “Pills,” the surgeon’s steward’s nickname, performed a spread of duties. He motor-assisted in making ready and spending surgical instruments throughout Associate in Nursing operation. He conjointly ran the ship’s pill roller look, that he opened for Associate in Nursing hour some within the morning and within the evening. author remembered however he visited the steward many times once he felt a requirement for drugs, solely to be provide his freshly-ground, bitter-tasting powders during a plain tin cup. whereas he commented on the unpleasant style and after-effects, author conjointly noted that the potable was freed from charge.


Surgeon’s Steward and Nurse

The year 1861 brought a horrifying warfare to the current country and, with the large increase within the Navy, changes and developments within the medical department were certain to turn out. On nineteen Gregorian calendar month 1861, a executive department circular order established a replacement name for the gruel boy.

“In addition to a surgeon’s steward, one nurse would be allowed for ships with a complement of but a pair of00; 2 nurses would be allowed for ships with a complement of over 200; and enough nurses would be allowed on receiving ships during a range proportionate to the requirements of the vessel.”

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While the sea medical department might have solely modified titles of personnel, new techniques in mass care of the sick and wounded were developed. A captured sidewheel steamer was repaired and changed to worry for patients. Revisions to the ship were to incorporate bogs, kitchens, laundries, even elevators and facilities to hold three hundred a lot of ice. On twenty six December 1862, the U.S.S. Red Rover became the primary Navy vessel specifically commissioned as a ship. The medical complement enclosed thirty surgeons and male nurses, furthermore as four nuns.

While the warfare was usually not as intense confused services because it was for the military, there have been variety of terrible battles that necessitated a competent medical department. Pvt. Charles Brother, a Marine stationed aboard Admiral David Farragut’s flagship U.S.S. Hartford, remembers such Associate in Nursing account in his 1864 diary. once the admiral cursed the ocean mines awaiting his fleet in bay (“Damn the torpedoes!”), Farragut directed the Hartford into the fight. serious Confederate hearth from the Confederate ram Tennessee ensued. As would usually be the case throughout combat action, Navy medical personnel risked changing into casualties from fire. In their makes an attempt to minister to battle casualties, medical personnel square measure themselves targets and typically don’t even have the possibility to render aid. Pvt. Brother noted, The shell from the ram burst because it came through killing the Docts Stew’d [sic] instantly…Very few were slightly wounded, all were either killed instantly or dreadfully mangled. Our cockpit [sick bay] looked additional sort of a slaughter house than any factor else.

Admiral Farragut’s after-action report listed a gruesome count of twenty five killed and twenty eight wounded on his ship.

Apothecary and Bayman


An pill roller (petty officer initial class) treats a associate aboard the USS Hub of the Universe in 1888.
Post-war reductions within the size of the Navy brought new classifications to noncommissioned medical personnel. The title surgeon’s steward was abolished in favor of 3 grades of apothecaries in 1866. Those hand-picked as apothecaries had to be graduates of a course in pharmacy, or to possess the information by sensible expertise. The pill roller, first-class hierarchal with a officer, whereas the second and third category were noncommissioned officer equivalents. The 3 rates were reduced one noncommissioned officer pill roller on fifteen March 1869.

Nurse, as a title for junior noncommissioned medical personnel, was replace by the title “bayman,” one WHO manned the sick bay, within the early decennary. U.S. Navy rules of 1876 used the title formally, and it remained a sound for twenty two additional years.

Charles Shaffer began a 50-year career in Navy drugs in 1897 as a bayman. His career path was typical for one achievement within the medical field. Shaffer was needed to enlist as a landsman (seaman apprentice), earning $16 a month. it had been not till transfer to his initial command that Shaffer’s rating was modified to bayman. And since the armed service hospitals used civilian male nurses as opposition baymen, Shaffer would visit a ship.

With his new title, Bayman Shaffer’s pay was upped to $18 a month. His uniform currently bore 2 strips of piping on the cuff and a “watch mark,” a half-inch white stripe seamed round the shoulder seam of the blue jumper (blue on white uniforms) denoting him as deck force or non-engineering personnel. This stripe was worn on either the left or right shoulder seam, counting on whether or not the individual was assigned to the port or starboard watch. before the institution of the Hospital Corps, no specific medical badge was worn by junior personnel.

Shaffer’s senior counterpart, the pill roller, was carrying new badge furthermore, that of the newly-created (1893) chief noncommissioned officer. Its 3 chevrons Associate in Nursingd 3 arcs were head by an eagle, and had a insignia within the angle of the chevrons. Associate in Nursing eagle whose wings extended horizontally head the arcs. The rating badge delineated within the 1894 uniform rules established the fashion that has continuing, nearly unchanged, to the current day.

An pill roller of the Eighteen Nineties mixed and distributed all medication aboard ship. He was to blame for all medical department reports, offer requests, and correspondence. The pill roller administered anaesthesia throughout surgery and would be the first educator for brand spanking new baymen. a number of the medical skills were simply learned, though. “As a rule, baymen became skillful at binding,” Shaffer noted, “perhaps owing to their previous coaching in attainment.”

Their responsibilities failed to finish there, however. throughout sea surgery, the bayman centered an electrical light-weight on the incision website whereas the doc did his work on what was listed because the “combination writing and operative table”. He sterilized surgical instruments by boiling, then storing them during a answer of five % phenol. Bandages and dressings were sterilized by baking them during a tin within the ship’s kitchen appliance. Sick bay itself was ready for surgery by wiping the complete space down with “a weak chloride solution”. On days once the ship’s routine caught up cleaning baggage and hammocks, a bayman was to blame for laundry those of the sick. He motor-assisted within the maintenance of medical department records, and had to color the ship’s medical areas once needed.

In the last 20 years of the 1800s, several within the armed service medical institution caught up reforms within the noncommissioned elements of the medical department. drugs had by currently progressed much more as a science, and civilian hospitals all had teaching faculties for his or her nurses. Foreign navies had trained medical Sailors, and the U. S. Army had established its own Hospital Corps of noncommissioned men on one March 1887. Navy doc General J. R. Tryon argued, in his annual report of 1893, against the follow of distribution landsmen to the medical department with nothing over on-the-job-training. He advocated the imperative want for Associate in Nursing organized hospital corps.
Physicians within the fleet were equally sure of the requirement for changes. Surgeon C. A. Sigfried of the U.S.S. Massachusetts created his views proverbial in his report back to the doc General in 1897.

The importance of rising the medical department of our armed service service is additional and additional apparent, seeable of the recent advances within the strategies and quickness of killing and wounding. the good need could be a body of trained bay men or nurses, and these ought to be higher paid and of higher stamp and fiber. currently then we have a tendency to procure a decent man, and proceed along with his coaching as a bay man. He shortly finds chance for betterment in some one in every of the assorted departments of the ship, within the matter of pay and compensation, either in some yeoman’s billet or in some place wherever his meager $18 per month are often suddenly redoubled to $30, $40, or perhaps $60 per month. The bay man, WHO ought to be Associate in Nursing intelligent, sober man, and well trained in several things relating nursing, dieting, ambulance, and aids to wounded, and have a moderate quantity of education, finds his pay at this time among all-time low within the ship’s company; even the boys caring for storerooms get additional per month.


Hospital Corpsman: Hospital Steward and Hospital Apprentice


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Arguments for an expert, well-trained cluster of people to produce medical aid for the Navy finally paid off. sadly, it took the upcoming danger of combat within the war to spur Congress into action. at intervals a bill aimed toward building the military was a district to produce for the Navy’s long-needed Hospital Corps. it had been approved by President President of the United States on seventeen Gregorian calendar month 1898. From that date to the current, either generically or by rating title, medical Sailors are known as “hospital corpsmen.”

The corps would once more modification the speed titles. The hospital apprentice would be the equivalent of Associate in Nursing apprentice seaman, the hospital apprentice {first category|first-class|firstclass|top notch|top quality} was a 3rd class noncommissioned officer, and also the hospital steward was a chief noncommissioned officer. Pharmacists were warrant officers, the primary of a line of commissioned hospital corpsmen that continuing till the institution of the Medical Service Corps following war II.


Early history of the corps set a pace of conspicuous service and involvement that may still the current. Before there was even a hospital corps faculty, Hospital Apprentice Robert Stanley was serving with the U.S. contingent at Peking. Actions by a Chinese political cluster that was opposition foreign presence in China, the supposed Boxers, prompted attacks on foreign embassies in July 1900. throughout this action, Hospital Apprentice Stanley volunteered for the damaging mission of running message dispatches vulnerable. For his bravery, Stanley became the primary during a long line of hospital corpsmen to receive the laurels of Honor.
In order to make sure that the members of the new Hospital Corps were adequately trained within the disciplines pertinent to each drugs and to the Navy, a basic faculty for corpsmen was established at the U. S. armed service Hospital Norfolk (Portsmouth), VA.


Originally known as the varsity of Instruction, it opened a pair of Sept 1902. Its info enclosed anatomy and physiology, bandaging, nursing, first aid, pharmacy, clerical work, and practice. the primary category of twenty eight corpsmen was graduated on fifteen December 1902. Hospital Apprentice easy lay Armstrong, at the highest of the alphabetical list of graduates, was naturally given his credentials initial and has been publicized because the Navy’s initial graduate hospital corpsman.
The school continuing for a short time and was then captive to the armed service Hospital in Washington, DC, staying living there till 1911. For consecutive 3 years there was no basic faculty for corpsmen, however the construct was revived in 1914. consecutive 2 Hospital Corps coaching faculties were opened in Newport, Little Rhody and on herb Island, CA.


Development of the Navy’s hospital corps coaching courses would prepare the primary generation of hospital corpsmen for arduous duty, each in peace and war. A graduate of the Hospital Corps faculty’s sixth category, Hospital Steward William Shacklette, would realize himself aboard the U.S.S. Bennington in port of entry harbor on twenty one July 1905. once the ship’s boiler exploded, Shacklette was burned at the side of virtually 0.5 the crew; the opposite 0.5 were killed outright. He reclaimed and treated various of his shipmates and was awarded the laurels of Honor for his bravery. Another young corpsman, Hospital Apprentice first-class William Zuiderveld of Michigan, landed at Vera Cruz, North American country in 1914 as a part of a force of Navy and United States Marine Corps personnel. throughout intense street fighting within which he was wounded himself, Zuiderveld, a graduate of the sixteenth category of the varsity of Instruction, risked his life on many occasions to help wounded shipmates. He, too, received the laurels of Honor.

Hospital Corps: Hospital Apprentices and Pharmacist’s Mates

The next revision within the structure of the Hospital Corps would return by act of Congress on August twenty nine, 1916. below this arrange, the rates would be hospital apprentices, second category and first-class (both of whom wore a Red Cross on the sleeve), pharmacist’s mates, third, second, and first, and chief pharmacist’s mate. The officer contingent of the Hospital Corps would come with the 2 officer ranks of apothecary and chief apothecary. The reorganization would give an enormous increase, five-fold, within the size of the Hospital Corps.
At the beginning of one917 the Hospital Corps counted 1,700 men in its ranks. A joint effort to recruit and train new personnel enabled the corps to achieve its approved strength of three 1/2 % of the Navy and United States Marine Corps, or 6,000 men. however as these plans came to fruition, the u. s. entered war I in Gregorian calendar month. By the tip of 1918, the corps would peak at regarding seventeen thousand.

Hospital Corps: Pharmacist’s Mates in World War I

The massive war increase in Hospital Corps strength necessitated extra faculties to coach the newcomers. Hospital Corps School, Great Lakes, IL was established in Gregorian calendar month 1913. time period faculties were created in urban center at the University of North Star State, in the big apple at university, and at the city school of Pharmacy. a faculty for armed service Reserve Force hospital corpsmen was established at Hub of the Universe town Hospital. alternative crash-course faculties for sea personnel were conducted at variety of alternative civilian hospitals. Hospital corpsmen WHO were required to function medical department representatives on little vessels like destroyers were trained at the Pharmacist’s Mate faculty at Hampton Roads, Virginia, the forerunner of the freelance Duty Hospital Corpsman faculty.
Hospital corpsmen were assigned to the multitude of duty sorts and locations required to support a Navy concerned during a war. armed service hospitals were opened and staffed. Ships and craft squadrons got medical support. At sea, the risks of the new war were ever gift. once the troop carrier USS Mount Vernon was torpedoed by a German submersible, Pharmacist’s Mate first-class Roger Osterheld upset over fifty casualties, over half whom were killed.

Naval coaching facilities and shore institutions required hospital corpsmen furthermore as did occupation forces in Haiti and alternative bases round the world. however war I provided the Hospital Corps a task that may afford it a number of the foremost grotesque and dangerous challenges it’d ever face: duty with the United States Marine Corps.

Assignment to United States Marine Corps units wasn’t utterly new. Hospital corpsmen were serving with Marine activity forces in Cuba, Haiti, and Santo Domingo at the occurrence of the war and had seen alternative similar service. it had been the modification of the Marine Corps’ role, to 1 of military forces during a giant scale ground war, that modified what hospital corpsmen would do. sick parade and medicine were continuous roles that remained unchanged. Facing artillery, blistering agent, and machine gun hearth were new experiences.

Two to four hospitalcorpsmen were assigned to every rifle company. a primary or second category noncommissioned officer would act because the company hospital corpsman and also the others as platoon hospital corpsmen. within the trenches and additional mounted locations, postes Delaware secours or company aid stations were established by these contingents. A battalion dressing station would have from 5 to seven hospital corpsmen and a chief. The senior Chief Pharmacist’s Mate and 6 to eight additional hospital corpsmen would serve at the army unit dressing station.


These hospital corpsmen lived and worked in arduous battle conditions. In one incidence, a predawn blistering agent attack on the sixth Marines at Verdun in Gregorian calendar month 1918 had devastating consequences: 235 of the 250 in one company succumbed to the gas and had to be exhausted. the 2 company hospital corpsmen worked furiously to treat these patients despite their own gas injuries. One died and also the alternative was for good disabled. Assaults on German positions offered hospital corpsmen more probabilities to indicate their commitment. Their performance in woods standard to Marines would cause the fifth regiment’s commandant to put in writing, “there were several heroes WHO wore the badge of the Navy Hospital Corps at the Bois Delaware Belleau.”

In all, some three hundred hospital corpsmen, doctors, and dentists served with the fifth Marine Regiment, the sixth Marine Regiment, and also the sixth Machine Gun Battalion, assigned to the Army’s second foot Division. Their expertise and valor were mirrored in a number of the statistics they compiled. throughout their time in Europe, within the bloody engagements like Argonne Forest and pitched battle, they treated over thirteen,000 casualties. Eighteen of their own were killed and a hundred sixty five were either wounded or harmed by blistering agent.
A heritage of fearless service with the Marines was born. 2 hospital corpsmen received the laurels of Honor. alternative decorations to hospital corpsmen enclosed fifty five Navy Crosses, thirty one Army Distinguished Service Crosses, a pair of Navy Distinguished Service Medals, and 237 Silver Stars. 100 foreign personal decorations were granted to Navy hospital corpsmen, and 202 earned the correct to wear the French Fourragère shoulder aiguillette for good. Their 684 personal awards build the Hospital Corps, by one account, the foremost embellished yankee unit of World War I.

Following the war there was Associate in Nursing inevitable decrease within the strength of the military. Despite the loss of hospital corpsmen, there have been still missions to perform. Central American nation was supplemental to the list of activity duties to that the Marines and their hospital corpsmen were assigned in 1927. Ships and armed service hospitals still needed Hospital Corps workers. Dedicated members of the Hospital Corps remained within the service, doing what they preferred, despite the dearth of advancement chance. within the years between the wars, time in rate from pharmacist’s mate second category to pharmacist’s mate first-class was eight years.

Hospital Corps: Pharmacist’s Mates in World War II

Women entered the Hospital Corps in war II as WAVES.

World War II became the amount of Hospital Corps’ greatest men, diversity of duty, and instance of sacrifice. Between 1941 and 1945, the ranks of this little organization proud from its pre-war levels of close to four,000 to over 132,000 personnel. This increase came to meet new responsibilities with new technologies at new duty stations. within the face of nice adversity, the Hospital Corps would cement its name for effectiveness and bravado.

The Navy’s fleet dilated to thousands of ships and also the United States Marine Corps grew from a couple of regiments to 6 divisions. A 2 ocean war created horrific numbers of casualties. The Hospital Corps would ought to grow to satisfy the requirements of casualty assortment, treatment, and healing. to teach the flow of recent Sailors, Hospital Corps coaching faculty at Portsmouth, VA was increased by a short lived faculty at armed service Hospital borough, NY. the varsity at Great Lakes was recreated in 1942, et al. were started at Farragut, ID and at Bainbridge, MD in 1943. A separate Hospital Corps coaching faculty was established for ladies at Bethesda, MD in Gregorian calendar month, 1944. specialised faculties were opened to coach pharmacist’s mates for freelance duty and for service with the Marines. in addition, courses were established to instruct personnel on new instrumentality and techniques in dozens of developing medical fields.

VSWA505_Navy_E7_HMShore-based duty sent Hospital Corps personnel to hospitals and dispensaries within the u. s. and abroad. Advance base hospitals on newly-captured Pacific islands fashioned a vital link within the chain of evacuation from battle sites. Those facilities in Hawaii or England received casualties from their several fronts. Stateside hospitals watched over wounded service personnel as their healing continuing. Hospital corpsmen created the treatment of yankee casualties attainable at every of those by providing technical support and direct patient care.
Duty on surface ships afforded hospital corpsmen various challenges and long environments within which to face them. Hospital ships needed the services of personnel in a lot of a similar means as shore-based hospitals, except that those on ship were afloat and subject to attack. alternative categories of vessels, like landing ships, tank (LSTs) and patrol craft, escort and rescue (PCERs) became giant floating clinic/ambulances that needed extra Hospital Corps personnel.

Combatant ships and transports within the Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean theaters took casualties from ships, aircraft, and submarines throughout the war, necessitating the service of well-trained hospital corpsmen. Casualties may well be staggering on attacked ships. In one example, the warship USS battle of Bunker Hill sustained 392 killed and 264 wounded once it had been hit by 2 kamikazes.
Role of submarine hospital corpsmen developed into one in every of nice importance. Hospital corpsmen treated 549 survivors of air or ocean calamities, U.S. and enemy alike. In one case, 3 Sailors were seriously wounded, the submarine’s C.O. wrote, “the chief pharmacist’s mate is especially recommended for his fast and economical action in caring for these 3 wounded shipmates…He has been counseled for promotion and also the {bronze star|Bronze Star laurels|Bronze Star|decoration|laurel wreath|medal|medallion|palm|ribbon} Medal.”

The most dramatic accomplishments of submarine hospital corpsmen were 3 WHO had to try and do surgery whereas submerged. Pharmacist’s Mate first-class Wheeler “Johnny” Lipes performed a sure-fire ablation aboard the USS Seadragon on eleven Sept 1942. Lipes, WHO had been a surgical technician, used temporary instruments made up of mess deck utensils and tutored assistants because the procedure went on within the officers’ military quarters. PhM1c Harry Roby performed a similar act on the USS Grayback as did PhM1c Moore aboard USS Silversides, each in December 1942.

Approximately three hundred hospital corpsmen weekday out just about the first days of the war once they were captured by the japanese WHO invaded the Philippines. In unfortunate person of war camps and huddled in prisoner of war “hell ships”, they endured deficiency disease, disease, torture, and brutality. 100 cardinal hospital corpsmen died as prisoners throughout war II, a death rate virtually twenty % over among alternative yankee POWs.

Hospital corpsmen served on the beaches not solely within the island campaigns of the Pacific, however in Europe furthermore. groups of Navy medical personnel fashioned aid stations with beach battalions at Sicily and geographic region, treating Army and allied wounded vulnerable. Hospital corpsmen ensured the survival of those casualties till they may reach hospitals in England.

Of all the hospital corpsmen in war II, Fleet Marine Force personnel endured, perhaps, the foremost punishing facet of war. As they swarmed various beaches within the Pacific, they became targets themselves as they braved hearth to achieve hewn comrades. At Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Peleliu, Saipan, Tinian, Kwajalein, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa, hospital corpsmen bled and died, usually in bigger numbers than the Marines for whom they cared. Hospital Corps casualties within the fourth Marine Division at Iwo Jima, as an example, were thirty eight %.

Pharmacist’s Mate first-class Ray Crowder created notes of his combat experiences in his diary:

Most of the boys WHO had been wounded antecedently were hit again…I was hit by a chunk of shell in my leg however I unnoted it till later. As shortly as I may get my wits together…I began to try and do what I may for the blokes. 2 of the boys were screaming with shock. Darkness had already fallen and that i couldn’t see what i used to be doing. All that I may do was to feel the blood and take a look at to induce a pressure bandage place over it to prevent the hemorrhage.

Pharmacist’s Mate Second category John H. Bradley’s valor with the twenty eighth Marines on Iwo Jima Jima is typical of acts recurrent by hospital corpsmen throughout the war. On seeing a wounded Marine, Bradley rush to his aid through a mortar barrage and serious machine gun hearth. though alternative men from his unit were willing to assist him with the casualty, Bradley motioned them to remain back. Shielding the Marine along with his own body, the hospital corpsman administered a unit of plasma and treated his wounds. Through the gunshot, he then force the casualty thirty yards to safety.

PhM2c Bradley was awarded the laurel wreath for his heroism, however he’s not sometimes remembered for this act. Days later, he and 5 Marines were captured in Joe Rosenthal’s photograph of the second flag raising on Mt. Suribachi. The image was reproduced over maybe any photograph in history. it had been the theme for the United States Marine Corps War Memorial in metropolis, VA and created Bradley the primary U.S. Navy Sailor to look on a item. His likeness as an obsessive yankee military personnel is that the most known within the Hospital Corps’ history.
Members of the Hospital Corps treated some a hundred and fifty,000 combat casualties throughout the war. This doesn’t embrace thousands of others, those affected by sickness and harmed within the line of duty, WHO were assisted by their medical shipmates. the value of this service was high: one,170 hospital corpsmen were killed in action and thousands additional were wounded. however their heroism in doing their jobs was nice. Hospital corpsmen earned seven Medals of Honor, virtually half those awarded to Sailors within the war. additionally, they earned sixty six Navy Crosses, 465 laurel wreath Medals, and 982 Bronze Star Medals.


A New Hospital Corps:
Massive reorganization of the military passed off once war II. a replacement Department of Defense was established, and also the Army-Navy Medical Service Corps Act removed commissioned allied health and medical administration officers from the Hospital Corps. This law conjointly provided for a separate denturist rating, that remained a element of the Hospital Corps till 1972. girls within the Hospital Corps had antecedently been WAVES, or members of the Women’s Reserve, U.S. armed service Reserve. New legislation allowable girls to enlist within the Regular Navy, and HM1 Ruth Flora became the primary hospital corpsman to try and do thus on twelve July 1948


Effective a pair of Gregorian calendar month 1948 the Navy modified the names and badge of the Hospital Corps. The new titles were hospital recruit, hospital apprentice, hospitalman, hospital corpsmen third, second, and first-class, and chief hospital corpsman. The red Geneva cross, that had marked corpsmen for fifty years, was replaced within the rating badge with the initial mark of the winged insignia. The rates of senior chief and master chief hospital corpsman were supplemental in 1958.


Hospital Corpsmen in Korea:

As a part of a global organization force, Marines were committed to the Korean Peninsula once South Korea was invaded by its northern neighbor within the summer of 1950. at intervals the primary year, hospital corpsmen had participated within the dramatic landing at Inchon and also the frigid retreat from the Chosin Reservoir. By the summer of 1951, a deadlocked line of opposing forces took static positions. For consecutive 2 years, the war would be paying homage to war I, with bunkers, trenches, raids and fire. The slow war of attrition was even so fatal. In late March 1953, 3,500 Chinese Communist Forces troopers attacked 3 outposts–Reno, Vegas, and Carson–of forty Marines and one hospital corpsmen every. Out of this fighting came 2 Medals of Honor and various alternative decorations. within the Nevada Cities Outpost battles, most of the hospital corpsmen WHO were concerned at the little unit level were either killed or wounded.


VSW890_1st-MADIV-JEA-vAlthough only 1 Marine division was concerned within the war, the Hospital Corps lost 108 killed in action. Disproportionate to their numbers was their valor. In Korea, hospital corpsmen earned 281 Bronze Star Medals, 113 laurel wreath Medals, and twenty three Navy Crosses. All 5 noncommissioned Navy Medals of Honor were awarded to Navy Hospital Corpsmen serving with the Marines.


Hospital Corpsmen in Vietnam

American military commitment in geographical region grew within the decades following war II. As early as 1959, a couple of hospital corpsmen provided medical support for U. S. military personnel as a part of the yankee clinic at the U.S. Embassy. Four years later, in 1963, Navy Station Hospital, city was created. Ninety hospital corpsmen would workers the power, that provided take care of U. S. and allied (Australian, New Seeland, Filipino, and South Korean) military, furthermore as South Vietnamese civilians. These medical personnel conducted routine medical aid and treated the victims of combat and terrorist actions till the hospital was transferred to the military in 1966.

A new hospital was made in 1965 at armed service Support Activity public prosecutor Nang. A workers of 485 hospital corpsmen worked with doctors and nurses to worry for combat casualties. The hospital, that was designed primarily to worry for Marines within the I Corps sector, treated 23,467 patients in 1968 alone. though not on the front lines, the hospital corpsmen here were subjected to routine rocket and mortar attacks.
Hospital corpsmen were assigned aboard ships of varied sorts, providing off-shore medical support to U. S. forces. the most important commitment here was on the hospital ships USS Repose and USS Sanctuary. Some two hundred hospital corpsmen, representing the gamut of technical specialties, worked on every ship. groups of twenty hospital corpsmen served on LPH category amphibious ships. Others supported the riverine force on APB category base ships.

U. S. State Department initiatives and also the Medical Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) provided medical support for Vietnamese civilians. on the far side routine aid and treatment, the hospital corpsmen operating through these programs provided steering in sanitation and medicine throughout Asian country.

By far the Hospital Corps’ largest contribution in Vietnam was with United States Marine Corps units. beginning with the fifty WHO landed with the Marines at public prosecutor Nang in 1965, the noncommissioned medical element would grow to a pair of,700 hospital corpsmen assigned to first and 3d Marine Divisions, first Marine Air Wing, and alternative combat support units. 2 medical battalions and 2 hospital firms operated field hospitals, collection and clearing units, and dispensaries that treated the flow of combat casualties from the sphere. nearer support was provided at the battalion dressing station (BAS) level, wherever casualties may well be stable before evacuation to additional definitive care. The BAS was usually bypassed thanks to the exceptional evacuation capabilities of chopper evacuation (MEDEVAC).

The most dangerous role of the hospital corpsman in Vietnam was within the field. Special units, like navy man groups and Marine intelligence operation units took medical Sailors with them, as did the artillery, air, and foot parts of the United States Marine Corps. Most of the fifty three hospital corpsmen assigned to Associate in Nursing foot battalion served with rifle firms, one or 2 men per platoon of regarding forty. These Sailors patrolled with their Marines, risked a similar dangers, and rendered the help that saved the lives of thousands.

Contributions of hospital corpsmen in Vietnam were noteworthy, as they cared for over seventy,000 combat Navy and United States Marine Corps combat casualties and unnumberable military and civilian sick parade patients. Their heroism was nice. HM3 Donald E. Ballard, HM3 Wayne M. Caron, and HM2 David R. Ray earned the laurels of Honor for valor. HM3 Robert R. Ingram received his laurels of Honor for Vietnam in 1998. in addition, thirty hospital corpsmen received the laurel wreath, 127 the {silver star|Silver Star laurels|Silver Star|decoration|laurel wreath|medal|medallion|palm|ribbon} Medal, and 290 the {bronze star|Bronze Star laurels|Bronze Star|decoration|laurel wreath|medal|medallion|palm|ribbon} Medal. The names of 638 hospital corpsmen were killed in action there, over in the other war except war II. Too several more–4,563–would earn the Purple Heart.

HM2 Chris Pyle wrote the subsequent letter home before assignment with first Marine Division in Vietnam.


Many people have died to avoid wasting another. The Navy Corpsman has had additional honors presented on him than the other cluster. My life has however one that means, to avoid wasting or facilitate somebody. shortly i’ll be going over to Vietnam. I actually have my fears and beliefs, however they lay hidden below my emotions. That’s why God has created Pine Tree State thus. sometime i’ll see before Pine Tree State a wounded marine. i’ll think about every kind of things, however my coaching has ready Pine Tree State for this moment. i actually doubt if i’ll be a hero, however to it Marine i’ll be God. i’m hoping that nobody can die whereas i’m serving to him; if thus, a number of myself can die with him. Love for fellow man is nice in my book. It’s true they create Pine Tree State mad every now and then however regardless of WHO it’s, if he’s wounded within the middle of a paddy, you’ll be able to bet your bottom greenback that no matter God gave Pine Tree State for power, i’ll attempt till my life is taken to assist save him, and the other.

Five months later, on twenty eight might 1969, HM2 Pyle was killed in action.


Hospital Corpsmen in Beirut
A different a part of the globe would beckon hospital corpsmen within the Nineteen Eighties, southwest Asia. the target was a “peacekeeping” mission in Beirut, Lebanon, in which U.S. forces participated with those of France, Italy, and also the nice GB during a international Force. Here, hospital corpsmen from the ships of a Mediterranean Amphibious prepared cluster and a Marine Amphibious Unit were assigned to stop a bloody, eight-year previous factional civil war. By the tip of August, 1983, the peacekeepers had become targets and responded during a ground war that was just about unknown back within the U.S.

Firefights at isolated outposts shortly created casualties, and hospital corpsmen responded below hearth to treat their wounded Marines. When a mortar round hit one of the Marine positions, one hospital corpsman, explosive Victor Oglesby, found himself with five wounded Marines, his platoon sergeant dead, and his platoon commander barely alive. 2 months later, on twenty three Gregorian calendar month a clothed suicide truck bomber attacked the headquarters of first Battalion, eighth Marines. The truck bomb unleashed the most important non-nuclear blast ever detonated, and killed 241 Americans. Virtually the complete battalion aid station–15 hospital corpsmen and also the battalion surgeon–were killed. The casualty count for the Hospital Corps would be consecutive expensive once war I. one in every of the 3 hospital corpsmen WHO survived the blast, HM3 Donald Howell, cared-for wounded Marines whereas treed within the trash and wounded himself. The relief unit for the twenty fourth Marine Amphibious Unit wouldn’t arrive in Lebanon till that they had invaded the little Caribbean nation of land.


Hospital Corpsmen within the Gulf War
The 1990-91 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait gained a powerful response from the U.S. and also the world. Preparations were created to drive the Iraqi Army out of the little country, and corpsmen were readied to reply to the requirements of their shipmates. Hospital corpsmen round the globe reacted, as their ships, stations, and Marines deployed or ready to receive casualties. In fact, the primary Navy casualty of the war was a hospital corpsman. Of the large range of armed service Reservists known as to active duty, the most important single cluster activated was hospital corpsmen. Of a listing of simply over twelve,000 hospital corpsmen within the armed service Reserve, 6,739 were recalled to active duty. the most important cluster of them, 4,617, served at medical treatment facilities and casualty receiving centers. 1,142 visited United States Marine Corps units, 841 to Fleet Hospitals and 471 of them were assigned to the hospital ships Mercy and also the Comfort.


Hospital Corpsmen in Somalia
U.S. forces would once more attempt to bring stability to a troubled land: Somalia. Hospital corpsmen there Janus-faced each bullets and also the desires of a starving world. One, HM3 Timothy E. Quinn, wrote a letter describing his experiences in Feb 1993. “I was on a foot patrol that got fastened down by automatic weapons hearth, and here i’m tucked up against a tree attempting to induce small…” He continuing, “I leave to orphanages and do straightforward sick parade and such…the individuals there tell America that food is currently plentiful, which nobody is dying of hunger any longer, however currently the medical issues square measure way more apparent.”

Hospital Corpsmen nowadays

CORPSMAN-WEBIn its initial century, the Hospital Corps has compiled a very honorable gift of heroism and sacrifice. additionally to the wars and conflicts recounted here, hospital corpsmen have undergone natural disasters, military accidents, and alternative period emergencies. Moreover, they need maintained the regular health of their Sailors and Marines, giving immunizations, conducting medicine efforts, and holding sick parade.


Today, the 23,000 regular and reserve members of the Navy Hospital Corps still serve round the globe. they’re assigned to armed service hospitals and clinics, to surface ships and submarines. They fly search and rescue missions and deploy with Seabees. They maintain constant battle readiness with United States Marine Corps units and SEAL groups.

Hospital corpsmen have perpetually had the task of maintaining the health of their shipmates. Their myriad instances of valor, of consciously exposing themselves to danger to avoid wasting lives, aren’t spectacular as a result of they were needed to act. Their displays of bravery are noteworthy as a result of these men and girls cared regarding their shipmates.


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