Posted by: arbeam | August 4, 2013

Naval Hospital Bremerton Recognizes 66th Birthday of Medical Service Corps

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) — It was just 66 years ago, in 1947 that the Navy’s Medical Service Corps came into being. It was in August, yet another tumultuous, chaotic month for much of the world after the end of the Second World War two years earlier. Pakistan and India both gained independence from Great Britain. The Marshall Plan had started Europe on the road to recovery. The communists seized power in Hungary. Food riots over bread prices erupted in France.

It was during that time that four specialist sections of Navy Medicine – Supply and Administration, Optometry, Allied Sciences, and Pharmacy – were combined on August 4 by an act of Congress to form the Navy Medical Service Corps (MSC).

Staff members at Naval Hospital Bremerton gathered on August 2 to recognize the birthday and anniversary of the MSC. Joining them as guest speaker was retired Navy Capt. Richard Becker, who was MSC officer from 1979 to 2005, and his father, special guest, retired Navy Capt. David E. Becker, and MSC officer from 1953 to 1973.

Navy News article

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