Dedicated To

HN James Anthony "Doc" Cardinale, USN
HM3 James Patrick "Doc" McGrath, USN
HN George Francis "Doc" Gallagher, USN

Almost every Marine who spent time in Vietnam has heard the cry, "Corpsman Up !!!!" The circumstances varied widely, but the result was a constant. A U.S. Navy Corpsman, wearing the same dirty, torn, and smelly green utilities worn by his Marine brothers and "armed" with his B-1 medical kit, went to the aid of wounded Marines. Usually under enemy fire, these "angels in green" performed lifesaving miracles with complete disregard for their own safety.

These FMF (Fleet Marine Force) Corpsmen were something special to us Marines. Although they took their fair share of kidding and good-natured harassment, they were in every sense of the word a fellow Marine. They took the same chances, lived in the same mud-filled hole, ate the same cold C-rations as Marine grunts. Many of them share the same space on The Wall as the men they tried to save.

Like their brave Army medic counterparts, the Corpsman was a special breed and developed skills that made them invaluable to field operations large and small. Many of our corpsmen became full-fledged members of our grunt squads and reconnaissance teams, filling in for their Marine buddies whenever and whereever needed.

A great many of us made it home because of a Corpsman. We will never forget them.

"A Day in the Life of a Corpsman" and "Were They Ghosts?"

By David "Doc" Steinkuelher, USN Echo Company, 2/9 1967-1968

"A Tribute to my Friend, Lanny Long"

By David Althoff, LtCol. USMC (ret)


Poems by FMF Corpsman, Steve O'Brien

"Death of the Innocent"

By Michael Rodriguez

HN James Anthony "Doc" Cardinale was a Navy Corpsman assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Marines on April 4, 1968, RVN Quang Tri Province, when he was mortally wounded after hearing "Corpsman Up!!!" He was running to the aid of a fallen Marine and was picked off by an enemy grenade. Besides being on the wall, this place on the home page would be a fitting tribute for him. Jim was killed 5 April, 1968.

Thank you.

LT Tony Cardinale
Medical Service Corps
United States Navy

HM3 James Patrick "Doc" McGrath, USN, was killed in the A Shau Valley on 3 August, 1967. Doc McGrath was a member of reconnaissance patrol "Partyline One." His body was not recovered. Doc was from Chicago.

HN George Francis "Doc" Gallagher, USN
KIA; 29 August, 1967
Corpsman to United States Marines
Buried in St. Monica's Cemetery; Barre, Vermont.
Always Remember.