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Among the thousands of personnel who have flown on helicopters, the U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsmen did ...
Among the thousands of personnel who have flown on helicopters, the U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsmen did so as an aircrew members, as patients, or as passengers. Between 1962 and
2007 fifty-seven of these men lost their lives.
These corpsmen were killed far from their homes in places like Vietnam, Cambodia, Afghanistan and
Iraq, over both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, as well as the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and the American Southwest.
This book tells the individualized story of each man, some stories accompanied by comments from family or friends. In addition, there are stories about sixteen other corpsmen who did not perish and lived to provide their personal experiences.
One of these stories is about a senior female enlisted corpsman who flew evacuations in Iraq and went on to serve in Afghanistan as well.
This book will provide an in-depth look at the evolution of the Navy's medical evacuation system, the levels of care from the battlefield to back home and the type of care provided at each level; the various helicopters used over the years, from the famous UH-34D to the Osprey; and it will look at the training opportunities that are offered to today's Navy Corpsmen.
This is the first book to be written that offers such a unique collection of tales about Navy Corpsmen associated with helicopters who have all demonstrated courage and selflessness, and in some cases made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country.
Posted May 5, 2010
Bruce and I worked together at Luminous Base.
His detail of the statistics, history and personal stories give a unique insight into the character of those who call themselves "flying docs". He is to be commended for writing the stories, and making the history known to generations that did not know or refused to acknowledge the sacrifice of those who made it.
When my father and father-in-law returned from war, they were part of the "greatest" generation that hid many of their individual heroics as they participated in the often held general parades. Bruce probed with his bedside manner so that a human story unfolds to reveal the character of those that all too often were denied a homecoming that wrongfully and begrudingly held them in disregard because of political miscreants, and those that lived to tell the tale, who had heretofore thought to hide in their history.
Bruce recorded a piece of U.S. history that all school-children should read about and appreciate. Bruce gave of himself to tell the story - once more he has served his country. He would not call himself a hero, but he is.
Semper Fi, Bruce.