Remembering Fallen Corpsmen, Others
by Douglas Stutz, NMRTC public Affairs
Naval Hospital Bremerton
May 30, 2021
The 57 etched names on the Hospital Corps Heroes Wall of Honor at
Naval Hospital Bremerton were solemnly remembered in conjunction
with Memorial Day on May 28, 2021.
There are 57 etched names on Naval Hospital
Bremerton’s (NHB) Hospital Corps Heroes Wall of Honor. They
all share two distinctive traits; they all are corpsmen, and
they all were killed in the line of duty. NHB’s Hospital
Corps Ball committee coordinated to honor the legacy of the
fallen corpsmen in conjunction with Memorial Day for staff
on May 28, 2021. (Photo by Douglas Stutz, NMRTC public Affairs Officer
Naval Hospital Bremerton)
There were several wreaths ceremonially placed before the
wall which displays those corpsmen killed on battlefields of Iraq to
firefights in Afghanistan since 2001 supporting Operation Enduring
Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
“Honoring the legacy of those who made the ultimate sacrifice is
what we’re doing today. Remembering those who didn’t have the chance
to come home is what we do,” said NHB Command Master Chief Rob
The fallen corpsmen were memorialized on the wall
of honor which was initially unveiled May 22, 2015, the culmination
of a project by [two former staff members] Hospital Corpsman 2nd
Class (Fleet Marine Force) Michael Nakamura and Hospital Corpsman
2nd Class (Fleet Marine Force) Derrick Ward.
The results of
their efforts is prominently located on the hospital’s busy third
floor, seen by many during the course of the day. Buoyed by the
command Hospital Corps Ball committee, it was determined that the
Friday leading into the Memorial Day weekend would be a suitable
moment to pause in remembrance for those lost in service to their
“It’s an honor to recognize these hospital corpsmen.
They were ready when called upon and we stand upon their shoulders
and others like them who came before us. Thank you to the Hospital
Corps Ball committee for their work to put this together. It is
important to reflect on heroism of these heroes. The hospital
corpsmen on this wall were recognized for a single moment in time,
because they were ready. Just like all of you, they were performing
their duties with honor, courage and commitment, and they were ready
when the moment came and they were called to into action.” commented
Capt. Shannon J. Johnson, NHB commanding officer, readily
acknowledging that the hospital corpsmen stationed at the military
treatment facility represent the latest in the Hospital Corps rich
tradition of service before self.
Those who are recognized on
wall of honor are just like everyone here today,” added Johnson They
had a desire to serve, just like you. They honored the trust placed
in them, just like you, and they were ready when called. This is
your legacy. The essence of the Hospital Corps is in all of you.”
The Dental Corps, Medical Corps, Medical Service Corps, and
Nurse Corps also assigned to Navy Hospital Bremerton are as the
Hospital Corps, familiar with the casualties – and fatalities – of
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs,
American wars have hit hard many a generation.
In the Civil
War, 1861-1865, the union lost 140,414 in battle and another 224,097
in theater. The confederate lost 74,524 and another 59,297 in
theater, and that figure does not include the 26 to 31,000 who died
in union prisons.
In World War One in the years 1917 and
1918, there were 53,402 battle deaths and other deaths were 63,114.
In World War Two, 1941 through 1945, we suffered 291,557
battle deaths, and another 113,842 fatalities in service.
the Korean War, there were 33,739 battle deaths and another 2,835
other deaths in-theater and yet another 17,672 fatalities
During the Vietnam War, 1964 to 1975, there were
battle deaths totaling 47,134 with another 10,786 deaths in theater
and 32,000 other deaths from 1955 to 1975.
During 1990 to
1991 Desert Shield and Desert Storm, there were 148 battle deaths
with another 235 deaths in theater and 1,565 other deaths.
There has been well over 6,000 fatalities in the Global War on
Terror that includes Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi
Overall, America has suffered upwards of 655,000
deaths in battle, along with 310,000 other deaths in theater and
more than 230,000 fatalities non-theater over our nation’s history.
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