navy-corpsman

+ A Corpsman’s Prayer +

Grant me, oh Lord, for the coming events; enough knowledge to cope and some plain common sense. Be at our side on those nightly patrols; And be merciful judging our vulnerable souls. Make my hands steady and as a sure as a rock; When the others go down with a wound or in shock. Let me be close, when they bleed in the mud; With a tourniquet handy to save precious blood. Here in the jungle, the enemy near; Even the corpsman can’t offer much lightness and cheer. Just help me, oh Lord, to save lives when I can; Because even out there is merit in man. If its your will, make casualties light; And don’t let any die in the murderous night. These are my friends I’m trying to save; they are frightened at times, but you know they are brave. Let me not fail when they need so much; But to help me serve with a compassionate touch. Lord, I’m no hero - my job is to heal; And I want you to know just how helpless I feel. Bring us back safely to camp with dawn. For too many of us are already gone. Lord bless my friends if that’s part of your plan; And go with us tonight, when we go out again.

Corpsman Prayer

Grant me, oh Lord, for the coming events;
Enough knowledge to cope and some plain common sense.
Be at our side on those nightly patrols;
And be merciful judging our vulnerable souls.
Make my hands steady and as sure as a rock;
when the others go down with a wound or in shock.
Let me be close, when they bleed in the mud;
With a tourniquet handy to save precious blood.
Here in the jungle, the enemy near;
Even the corpsman can’t offer much lightness and cheer.
Just help me, oh Lord, to save lives when I can;
Because even out there is merit in man.
If It’s Your will, make casualties light;
And don’t let any die in the murderous night.
These are my friends I’m trying to save;
They are frightened at times, but You know they are brave.
Let me not fail when they need so much;
But to help me serve with a compassionate touch.
Lord, I’m no hero – my job is to heal;
And I want You to know Just how helpless I feel.
Bring us back safely to camp with dawn;
For too many of us are already gone.
Lord bless my friends If that’s part of your plan;
And go with us tonight, when we go out again.
Corpsman are not sailors or marines.

Fun fact of the day it was a notational decree (don’t know when) that corpsman are neither sailors or marines. Once a corpsman becomes a corpsman they are stripped of all titles sense they are the only enlisted corps they are called corpsman. So i’m not sailor, I’m not a marine, I am a corpsman!

Vietnam, March 1969

A Corpsman from the 2d Battalion, 1st Marines treats one of the many local Vietnamese farmers who recently moved from remote areas to this temporary collection point. This man was suffering from a lung ailment. Now that he will be living in a secure centralized village, many other advantages will be made available to him including steady medical aid. All part of the Regiment’s Medical Civic Action Program (MEDCAP)

Today you should take the time to thank anyone in the service for putting themselves on the line to help provide us with the freedoms we have, and want to see in the future. It takes the strongest person to wake up every day and face the challenges that come with a deployment. No matter what opinion you have about the government, war, and the military you should honor and appreciate the men and women serving our country, we are able to live freely because of them.

“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”

I am a proud girlfriend of a Navy Corpsman who is currently deployed in Afghanistan on a 7 month tour. Thank you so much for serving, Doc. You’re coming home soon! I love you.