There are some Navy Hospital Corpsmen who serve alongside their Marine brothers and sisters on the battlefield. They form a unique relationship, a bond that is like no other. But this video is about those Navy, Fleet Marine Corps, Hospital Corpsmen, Nurses and Doctors who care for their Marines in the front line field hospitals, in this case in Afghanistan.
You will see the conditions under which these medical professionals do their very important work.
Their emergency rooms and operating rooms don’t look like those that you usually think of in a modern hospital. These are constructed of basic materials that are easily transported and quickly put up. But these units are as important to the care and survival of Marines wounded on the battlefield as any other element they will encounter in their healing process.
The quality of care, the medical skills of these Corpsmen, nurses and doctors who work in these forward field hospitals, is second to none.
What they do here in these places has everything to do with the speed and effectiveness of a wounded Marine’s full recovery to health down the line.
The training of modern Corpsmen is so much more advanced than when I was a Corpsman 50 years ago in Vietnam. Their knowledge, their equipment, is far more sophisticated. It is because of this that our wounded warriors are surviving injuries that would have been, more often than not, fatal back in my time.
The Veterans Site honors the Navy Hospital Corpsmen, Nurses and Doctors who dedicate their service and their medical skills to bring our wounded warriors home to us. Thanks and respect are due.
You are truly Semper Fidelis to your Marine brothers and sisters. OooRah!
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.