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115TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE U.S. NAVY HOSPITAL CORPS

Date Signed: 6/17/2013
ALMARS Active Number: 022/13

R 171654Z JUN 13
UNCLASSIFIED/
ALMAR 022/13
MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS(UC)/F002//
SUBJ/115TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE U.S. NAVY HOSPITAL CORPS//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  ON BEHALF OF MARINES EVERYWHERE, IT IS MY DISTINCT HONOR TO CONGRATULATE ALL U.S. NAVY HOSPITAL CORPSMEN AS YOU CELEBRATE THE 115TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOSPITAL CORPS.
2.  SINCE 17 JUNE 1898, THE HOSPITAL CORPS HAS COMPILED A TRULY HONORABLE LEGACY OF VALOR AND SACRIFICE.  AS THE MARINE CORPS RECENTLY COMMEMORATED THE 95TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF BELLEAU WOOD, IT IS FITTING TO HONOR THE HUNDREDS OF CORPSMEN WHO STOOD SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH OUR 5TH AND 6TH MARINE REGIMENTS.  FEW MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS CAN LOOK UPON THEIR HISTORIES WITH THE SAME DEGREE OF PRIDE, AS CAN THE MEMBERS OF THE NAVY HOSPITAL CORPS.  IN ITS MORE THAN CENTURY OF SERVICE, THE HOSPITAL CORPS HAS PROVEN ITSELF READY TO SUPPORT MARINES AND SAILORS BY GIVING THEM AID WHENEVER AND WHEREVER NECESSARY.  THE STRENGTH OF OUR SPECIAL PARTNERSHIPS CONTINUES TODAY IN HELMAND PROVINCE AS WE SUPPORT THE AFGHAN PEOPLE AND SET THE CONDITIONS FOR LIBERTY AND SECURITY.
3.  AS YOU REFLECT UPON YOUR HERITAGE, KNOW THAT MARINES AROUND THE GLOBE SALUTE THE COURAGE AND SACRIFICE OF THE NAVY HOSPITAL CORPS.  THE CARE YOU PROVIDE OUR MARINES, IN COMBAT AND IN GARRISON, REFLECTS YOUR GREAT DEVOTION TO DUTY.  WHILE YOU CELEBRATE THIS ANNIVERSARY, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO REMEMBER THOSE THAT HAVE GONE BEFORE YOU AND MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN SERVICE TO OUR NATION.
4.  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND SEMPER FIDELIS.  JAMES F. AMOS, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.//



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