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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:21 am

Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune hosted a ceremony honoring the 121st birthday of the Navy Hospital Corps. There was a traditional cake cutting on the Quarterdeck to mark the occasion.

In a message through the Department of Veteran Affairs, Gen. Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, acknowledged the proud history of Navy Corpsmen.

“On behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps, it is my great pleasure to recognize the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps for 121 years of exceptional service,” Neller said. “The Hospital Corps traces its roots back to the Revolutionary War, when the Continental Congress ordered the creation of a medical department under Article 16 of the Rules for the Regulation of the Navy of the United Colonies of North America. President William McKinley approved the official establishment of the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps on 17 June 1898. Over the years, those serving in vital medical support roles have been branded Loblolly Boys, Surgeon’s Stewards, Apothecaries, Baymen, Pharmacist’s Mates, and Hospital Corpsmen. Though the titles changed, the hallmarks of this specialty have remained constant. Each generation has added to the legacy of professionalism, valor, and sacrifice docs have demonstrated in every clime and place. Hospital Corpsmen repeatedly prove their mettle on every battlefield, putting their own lives on the line whenever they hear the call ‘Corpsman up!’ The men and women of the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps have distinguished themselves serving alongside Marines in the fiercest of battles. Marines proudly count our docs among our closest comrades-in-arms. Congratulations on the 121st Birthday of the Hospital Corps. We greatly appreciate the dedicated and selfless service of our Nation’s Corpsmen.”

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