NAVAL HOSPITAL CORPSMAN
This Memorial to the Naval Hospital Corpsman
is on permanent display in the
National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
Hospital Corps 100th Anniversary
from the pages of bluejacket.com.
Although corpsmen go back to the very beginning of the Navy, it
was 100 years ago, in June 1898 that the Hospital Corps was officially
In 1814, Navy Regulations mention a "loblolly boy" who was to
serve the surgeon and the surgeon's mate. The loblolly boy prepared for battle by filling
containers with water to hold amputated limbs. In addition, his duties called for
maintaining the braziers of charcoal to heat the tar which was used to stop the
hemorrhaging from the amputations. Keeping the deck safe for the surgeon around the
operating area was a duty during battle. The deck, slippery with blood, was to be treated
with buckets of sand. Sounds gruesome, but cannon balls and cutlasses were not
tidy weapons and amputation was the standard treatment for compound
The "surgeon's steward" replaced the loblolly boy. Recognizing
the need for additional trained help, surgeons selected promising young men for training in
elementary medicine. More than a clean up person, this specialist is probably the true
forerunner of today's corpsman.
When Congress established the Hospital Corps, the Secretary of
the Navy appointed 25 senior "apothecaries" as Pharmacists. These 25 are the charter
members of the Hospital Corps.
The Naval Hospital Corpsman has served this country well throughout
The flag-raising at Iwo Jima
This is one of our nation's treasured memorials to it's heros. One of the
Marines represented in this memorial is Hospital Corpsman John Bradley. Doc Bradley
died January 11, 1994.
Several Naval Hospital Corpsman have received our Nation's highest
honor. Read one story.
The President of the United States in the name of The
takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to
HOSPITAL CORPSMAN THIRD
ROBERT R. INGRAM
UNITED STATES NAVY
for service as set forth in the following
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life above
and beyond the call of duty while serving as Corpsman with Company C, First Battalion,
Seventh Marines against elements of a North Vietnam Aggressor (NVA) battalion in
Quang Ngai Province Republic of Vietnam on 28 March 1966. Petty Officer Ingram
accompanied the point platoon as it aggressively dispatched an outpost of an NVA
battalion. The momentum of the attack rolled off a ridge line down a tree covered slope to
a small paddy and a village beyond. Suddenly, the village tree line exploded with an
intense hail of automatic rifle fire from approximately 100 North Vietnam regulars. In
mere moments, the platoon ranks were decimated. oblivious to the danger, Petty Officer
Ingram crawled across the bullet spattered terrain to reach a downed Marine. As he
administered aid, a bullet went through the palm of his hand. Calls for "CORPSMAN"
echoed across the ridge. Bleeding, he edged across the fire swept landscape, collecting
ammunition from the dead and administering aid to the wounded. Receiving two more
wounds before realizing the third wound was life-threatening, he looked for a way off the
face of the ridge, but again he heard the call for corpsman and again, he resolutely
answered. Though severely wounded three times, he rendered aid to those incapable until
he finally reached the right flank of the platoon. While dressing the head wound of another
corpsman, he sustained his fourth bullet wound. From sixteen hundred hours until just
prior to sunset, Petty Officer Ingram pushed, pulled, cajoled, and doctored his Marines.
Enduring the pain from his many wounds and disregarding the probability of his demise,
Petty Officer Ingram's intrepid actions saved many lives that day. By his indomitable
fighting spirit, daring initiative, and unfaultering dedications to duty, Petty Officer Ingram
reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States
Many Naval Hospital Corpsmen throughout our Nations History have
given the supreme sacrifice.
Visit this Corpsman Memorial
Page dedicated to
Corpsman Killed In Action.
Here is a site Dedicated to
Paul Frank Doronzo HM3.
Several Naval Hospital Corpsman are listed as
Visit this POW/MIAcorpsman