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    United States Navy Hospital Corpsman


    Defining in a few words, just who and what Doc's are, is NOT possible. Wikipedia has several pages dedicated to the U.S. Naval Hospital Corps.

    When you read the Corpsman's Oath and Prayer, let me know your opinion. Know that serving with the Fleet Marine Force in combat during the Viet Nam war, was the most Honorable experience in this Doc's life.
    I stand by the oath I gave, as do all Corpsmen! Also...check out the pic of a Doc from 3/3, on patrol in Asskrackistan!.....SEMPER FI....Doc Greek


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    The Corpsman's Oath

    I SOLEMNLY PLEDGE MYSELF BEFORE GOD
    AND THESE WITNESSES
    TO PRACTICE FAITHFULLY
    ALL OF MY DUTIES AS A MEMBER OF
    THE HOSPITAL CORPS.
    I HOLD THE CARE OF THE SICK AND INJURED TO BE A
    SACRED TRUST
    AND WILL ASSIST THE MEDICAL OFFICER
    WITH LOYALTY AND HONESTY.
    I WILL NOT KNOWINGLY PERMIT HARM TO COME TO
    ANY PATIENT.
    I WILL NOT PARTAKE OF NOR ADMINISTER
    ANY UNAUTHORIZED MEDICATION.
    I WILL HOLD
    ALL PERSONAL MATTERS
    PERTAINING TO THE PRIVATE LIVES OF
    PATIENTS IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.
    I DEDICATE MY
    HEART, MIND, AND STRENGTH
    TO THE WORK BEFORE ME.
    I SHALL DO ALL WITHIN MY POWER
    TO SHOW IN MYSELF AN
    EXAMPLE OF ALL THAT IS
    HONORABLE AND GOOD
    THROUGHOUT
    MY NAVAL CAREER.


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    A Corpsman's Prayer

    Grant me, oh Lord, for the coming events;
    Enough knowledge to cope and some plain common sense.
    Be at our side on those nightly patrols;
    And be merciful judging our vulnerable souls.
    Make my hands steady and as sure as a rock;
    when the others go down with a wound or in shock.
    Let me be close, when they bleed in the mud;
    With a tourniquet handy to save precious blood.
    Here in the jungle, the enemy near;
    Even the corpsman can't offer much lightness and cheer.
    Just help me, oh Lord, to save lives when I can;
    Because even out there is merit in man.
    If It's Your will, make casualties light;
    And don't let any die in the murderous night.
    These are my friends I'm trying to save;
    They are frightened at times, but You know they are brave.
    Let me not fail when they need so much;
    But to help me serve with a compassionate touch.
    Lord, I'm no hero -- my job is to heal;
    And I want You to know Just how helpless I feel.
    Bring us back safely to camp with dawn;
    For too many of us are already gone.
    Lord bless my friends If that's part of your plan;
    And go with us tonight, when we go out again.


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    Marine Corps Green

    From the halls of Montezuma –-
    First words of a famous song.
    When Marines go into battle,
    A Navy corpsman goes along.

    From its very beginning
    The Corps has steadily grown,
    And the attitude of Marines is,
    "We take care of our own."

    Marines may give up their water
    Or even their last bean,
    But never their Navy corpsman
    Wearing Marine Corps green.

    When Marines and their corpsman
    Are standing side by side,
    The first thing you notice
    Is the sharing of their pride.

    If you are looking for trouble
    Of a kind you’ve never seen,
    Attack their Navy corpsman,
    The one in Marine Corps green.


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    A few interesting numbers:

    A brief history of the Navy Corpsmen & the Navy Hospital Corps of the United States. Corpsmen have served their country, fellow sailors, and Marines with integrity and unselfish devotion.





    Navy corpsmen have been a valuable asset to the Navy Hospital Corps since it came into existence in 1898. The first member of the Hospital Corps to be awarded the Medal of Honor was Hospital Apprentice Stanley Robert. This was during the Boxer Uprising in China. Prior to World War 1, a total of 4 Medals of Honor were awarded to hospital corpsmen.


    During World War 1, there were 16,000 enlisted men in the Hospital Corps. They earned a reputation for performance of duty. Those serving with the Marine Corps in the field especially demonstrated this reputation. The Hospital corps performed admirably and many members were cited for valor and performance of duty under fire by both the United States and France. Fifteen corpsman were killed in action, 2 died of wounds, and 146 others were wounded or gassed. 460 awards and citations were given to members of the Hospital Corps. These include 2 Medals of Honor, 55 Navy Crosses, 31 Distinguished Service Medals, 2 U.S. ArmyDistinguished Service Medals and 27 Letters of Commendation.



    During World War 2, approximately 200,000 men and women served in the Hospital Corps. Out of every 100 men of the Navy and Marine Corps wounded, 97 recovered. This is an impressive record. 889 corpsmen were killed or mortally wounded. In all, there were 1,724 casualties among corpsmen. 7 corpsmen were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Members of the Hospital Corps received 820 major awards and citations. The Navy Cross, Silver Star, and Bronze Star were awarded to corpsmen in numbers too numerous to count. On February 22, 1945, Pharmacist mate John Bradley proudly assisted in the raising of the American flag on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima. This act inspired the well-known statue depicting the flag raising.




    During the Korean Conflict, members of the Medical again performed brilliantly. During the Inchon-Seoul operation, medical units attached to the 1st Marine Division treated 2, 844 casualties during the 22-day period of 15 SEP to 7 OCT 1950. Wherever marines were fighting, corpsmen were there. The percentage of casualties among medical personnel was greater than that of the Marines they supported. 5 Corpsmen were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.



    During the Vietnam Conflict, hospital corpsmen served in Marine Corps, Navy Air and Ground forces and Riverine Warfare. They also were assigned to small teams that provided care and preventive health advice to Vietnamese civilians. Others were assigned to Vietnamese military units as advisors. 620 corpsmen were killed or mortally wounded. 3,353 were wounded in action 3 corpsmen earned the Congressional Medal of Honor, 29 were awarded Navy Crosses. Other awards include 127 Silver Stars, 2 Legions of merit, 290 Bronze Stars, and 4, 563 Purple Hearts.

    When the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon was bombed by terrorists, 15 corpsmen were killed. Corpsmen have been present at sea and ashore whenever the U.S. Military has taken action. When not at war, corpsmen continue to provide topnotch medical care. Their duties are too numerous to list. They are at work 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year.


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    Doc:
    Best care I ever received was from a corpsman when I was in Viet Nam



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    Doc:
    Best care I ever received was from a Corpsman while I was in Viet Nam.


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    When I read that oath and prayer, my memories really DO come alive. I have absolutly NO regrets about my service with the F.M.F. I've said it before, and I'll say it again...I'd go anywhere, anytime, to serve again......SEMPER FIDELIS, BROTHERS!!.....Doc Greek


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    The Blue side called us Corpsman and a little crazy for going green. The green side called us "DOC" and "Brother". FMF was the best duty I had!


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    You're absolutely RIGHT!! NO complaints HERE!....DOC


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