"Medical Department - 1944"

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From left to right stand the following men of the USS BUSH Medical Department in May, 1944:

Samuel B. Fairey-CPhM
Joe Pelnar-PhM1c
Lt. George Johnson-Medical Officer
Clarence J. Homer-CPhM.

The Pharamacist's Mates (PhM) were also referred to as Hospital Corpsmen.

USS BUSH Medical Dept - 1944
All of these men reported aboard on the day the USS BUSH was commissioned. At that time, Joe Pelnar was a PhM3c and Clarence Homer a PhM2c. These four were the ones that played the pivotal roles caring for wounded Army and Navy personnel during Admiralty Islands invasion beginning February 29, 1944.

Near the end of their first year aboard BUSH these men were a well seasoned unit. The next year would continue to generate a lot of activity for the BUSH Medical Department. Chief Fairey was detached from the ship around June, 1944. Recently promoted Chief Homer and PhM1c Pelnar remained aboard, along with Lt. Johnson. All three of these men survived the April 6, 1945 sinking of DD-529.

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