Double-time Sailors, Marines celebrate Hospital Corps’115th birthday
By Nathan L. Hanks Jr.
| | June 27, 2013
06/27/2013 -- “Ooh-rahs” and the sounds of cadence rang out through the streets of Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Friday, as Sailors and Marines celebrated the Navy Hospital Corps’ 115th birthday with a 1.7-mile run.
Sailors with the Naval Branch Health Clinic and Marines from various commands participated in the run, starting and finishing in front of the clinic.
“I appreciate your support,” Lt. Cmdr. Raymond Bristol, officer-in-charge, NBHC, told the group in formation before the run. “Whether it is on the battlefield, here at Naval Branch Health Clinic or at a hospital, corpsmen do great work. The Hospital Corps is the Navy’s largest rating and it has the most Medal of Honor recipients.”
Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps paid tribute to the Navy Hospital Corps in All Marine Message 022, 115th Anniversary of the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps.
“Since June 17, 1898, the Hospital Corps has compiled a truly honorable legacy of valor and sacrifice,” the message reads. “In its more than century of service, the Hospital Corps has proven itself ready to support Marines and Sailors by giving them aid whenever and wherever necessary.
“The strength of our special partnerships continues today in Helmand province, (Afghanistan), as we support the Afghan people and set the conditions for liberty and security,” the message reads. “As you reflect upon your heritage, know that Marines around the globe salute the courage and sacrifice of the Navy Hospital Corps. The care you provide our Marines, in combat and in garrison, reflects your great devotion to duty.”