There is no relationship, no working partnership, like that between Marines and their Corpsmen. It is a partnership forged in both war and peace.
The Corpsmen are Navy personnel, and are the most extensively trained field medical personnel in the military. When a Corpsman is transferred to the Fleet Marine Force, he or she is trained into the culture of the Marine Corps and gains further, battlefield medical training before being assigned to a Marine unit. They become Marines by adoption, so to speak. They are called “Doc” by their Marine brothers and sisters.
When in battle it is a truism that a Corpsmen will go through hell to save his wounded Marines. But that is backed by another truth: A Marine will go through hell to protect their “Doc.”
This video will give you a sense of all of this from the perspective of a Marine. Enjoy!
The Veterans Site offers a profound OooRah to all FMF Corpsmen and the Marines they serve with every day.
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.