Navy Medicine in the Korean War to be Honored

Story Number: NNS030506-23Release Date: 5/6/2003 7:20:00 PM
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By Jack A. Green, Naval Historical Center Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The contribution of the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in the Korean War (1950 - 1953) will be the subject of a commemoration ceremony and historical review in Washington June 19.

This legacy of professional service will be honored at the U.S. Navy Memorial, located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, D.C.

Following the ceremony, selected members of the U.S. Navy Medical Corps and patients who participated in action during the Korean War will provide further comment and insight into their experiences.

The combined event will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m.

During this war, many doctors, corpsmen, nurses and other medical support personnel of the U.S. Navy served in and around the combat zone. As a result of their brave and loyal service, along with the most modern technological advances available at the time, many lives were saved and injuries repaired.

"This ceremony will help correct a tendency in our culture to recognize people after they're dead," said Jan Herman, Navy Bureau of Medicie historian. "But those people never get the joy of knowing anybody ever appreciated what they did."

This ceremony is one of a series of commemorative events about the Korean War (June 25, 1950 - July 27, 1953) sponsored by the U.S. Sea Services 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee.

Those interested in attending may R.S.V.P. and/or obtain additional information from the Naval Historical Center at (202) 433-9785 / E-mail: The Web site for the Navy Heritage Center is:

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