There is no higher respect to be given than that to a CORP MAN. As this is typed there are still tears in my eyes from reading what a CORP MAN wrote about Viet Nam and going to ” The Wall ” with his daughter with recommendations that others who haven’t been need to go. It’ been said MARINES guard heavens gates. What’s not been said is: ” Behind every MARINE is a CORP MAN in case he’s needed. MARINES may carry a lot of memories about combat and etc. but NO ONE knows what a CORP MAN carries……for he carried MARINES in his heart and soul. DOC, YOU ARE MY BROTHER. Semper Fidelis

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  1. Doesn’t get much better than having”Doc” around! When the shit hits the fan and you’re getting small, he is tending to someone or hauling their ass out. Combat medics,no matter the branch,are the ones that stand tall in Hell. GOD BLESS the Docs!

  2. Not enough can be said on behave of a Corpsman aka “Doc”. I was a 1/4 radio operator with 1st Bn 1st Marines in 1969. When someone was wounded “Doc” was always there. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Doc Norm Gouty who was with Charlie 1/1 out of Washington,D.C. please let me know. My number is (404)219-6672 ,Isaac Thomas of Atlanta,Ga. GOD BLESS THE CORPSMAN. SEMPER FI

    1. 1/1 has Battalion web site at you might ask there. They also are having a reunion Aug. 23-26 2017 at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.

  3. Corpsman > I believe I wrote that article in regards to going to the “Wall” with my daughter .As hard as it is especially the first time I highly recommend you going As you walk along panel after panel your thoughts turn to your time .Events ,names & places .How we can remember especially all these years very vivid in our minds .Flashbacks become real .When we reach those we search for we stand ,lean forward squint to read the name Who was this kid ? Why was he chosen and not me ? What about his family ?I can’t hold back the tears as I remember tagging him and then he was carried away .Gone but not forgotten .Forever I remember , Mourn & Pray .March 30 will be fifty years since you were KIA along with nine other of our Brothers I will never forget you your “Doc” Semper Fidelis

  4. The Wall- never made it to D.C. to see the Wall- had a friend who was an usher at my wedding- Army- in Nam- we agreed to go to WALL together about 25 years ago- he had a lot of issues from being in Nam- finally died a few years ago- never made it to Wall- still want to go- may get there yet- not looking forward to reviewing names- as I know a few of those – who never made it back- and Lo and Behold- a few of us still suffer from those times- In World War 1 and War War 11 – it was called being shell-shocked – not PTSD- We are older and wiser now- and some say enough already going to places where they do not want us- and we lose more Marines – the enemy has changed now- they do not wear uniforms- but are in regular clothes – and are a threat to us as more dangerous than ever. I am torn between bombing the crap out of ISIS- but they keep weapons in hospitals and apartment buildings where innocent civilians live – and a different kind of war now. I just want all our Men to be safe- especially the Marines- I am over 70 now- and saw for Fleet Week in NYC saw 4 Marines all Staff NCO’S – some looked like boy scouts- and 1 SGT. did not look old enough to shave. One former Marine who was a bodyguard to a high profile talk show person- naturally carried a pistol- but also had a knife in a sheath- for close work. I can honestly say the Marines today are trained in a new format- as times changes – training changes too! Is a world with peace ever going to be seen in my lifetime? I want all Marines to return safely after time is up- and definitely in one piece. Semper Fi-

  5. The bravest man I ever saw in Vietnam was a corpsman. During Operation Dover with 1/5 in October 1966. We were pinned down in a rice paddy and NVA fire was raking back and fourth across the paddy. A corpsman was treating wounded Marines as he ran from man to man and the fire was sending up plumes of water all around this brave soul. Never knew if he made it or not but I pray he did and that he was decorated for his brave action.

  6. The only branch of service any where in the world known for always putting one hundred and fifty one percent into anything, anytime, anywhere and against anyone choosing to cause any hate or discontent among peaceful countries or populations has always and will always be The United States Marine Corps. Marine Corps pride has to be undoubtedly the highest among any branch of service anywhere in the world, because of what recruits go through to earn the title of Marine. OOHRAH and SEMPER FI to all DEVIL DOGS , past,present and future.peace

  7. I apologize for forgetting our Corpsmen. Outstanding individuals who are gold to any marine, anywhere, anytime! OOHRAH AND SEMPER FI my brothers!

  8. SEMPER FI to all Devil Docs out there and our Marine Corps brothers. We are Corps Men and Women we will always be there.

  9. The Corpsman in the Marines is a MARINE. Some idiot told me that the Corpsman is a Navy member. Tell that to the thousands od Marines that a Corpsman has saved or tried to save in many battles. He is the one that is always running towards the sounds of battles to save lives of our Marines. Semper Fi Corpsman. And to all Corpsman/Medics in each branch of our Services, God Bless You.

  10. A really good book for all Marines to read is “Names Not On The Wall” written by Doc John Hutchinges. The book is about the names not on the wall, due to the extrodenary bravery of our Corpman who risk their lives to save a Marine. It is a creative fiction of real Marines in Alpha Company, 1st Bn, 5th Marines during 1968.

    1. I agree Herb. The Corpsman “Docs” should be on that wall. Never met Braver human beings. So many of us are here today because of there actions. I never thanked them while I was in the Corps. I think we all felt they were just doing there jobs. Once I got home and it sunk in it was difficult. Thank You…”Corpsman Up” RVN 69/70 3-1 E-5

  11. I would like to add my praise for the Corpsmen who tool such good care of us as Marines. Though fortunate not to have gone into combat, I want all Corpsmen to know that I appreciate their service. Thank you all for what you did for us, in combat or otherwise. USMC 1970-1974, Semper Fi.

  12. My Dad was a Hospital Corpsman (a Pharmacists Mate back then) during WWII on Guadalcanal attached to the 1st Marine Division. He would never share that experience with anyone. If asked about it, he would just go into a blank stare, and you could see his mental Rolodex spinning. He would then comment, “War is a terrible thing” turn and walk away. However, whenever he ever saw the flag raising on Iwo Jima, he would always comment, “You know one of those guys is a Pharmacists Mate”. He lost an arm there, had malaria and spent 2 years in the Naval hospital in Philadelphia, all before I was born. He was most upset with me when I came home from college in 1966 and informed him that I had enrolled in the Marine Corps Officer Candidate program. Because, he had seen war. Semper Fi Docs.

  13. Thanks Roger and all you other jarheads that left comments from an old Devil Doc that was with India 3/26 from November ’69 to July ’70 and Alpha 1/5 from July to October ’70. Also thanks to Herb for turning me onto the book. Semper Fi.

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