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Navy Medicine Oral History

We all have a story to tell, and we all have moments when we wish we had recorded a particularly memorable event. Organizations have a similar desire fueled by our personal and institutional needs to preserve the history of events we have witnessed. Fortunately, here at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery an oral history program exists to meet both those individual and organizational goals by recording the experiences of active, retired and former Navy medical personnel of all categories, ranks, and specialties. It is an opportunity for members of the Navy medical team to tell their story. It is a way of putting a face on history and of bringing to life past events. In time, these interviews are woven into the fabric of articles, books and films on the history of Navy Medicine.

The following links will take you to transcripts of our interviews and, in cases of more recent sessions, synopses. For the complete transcript of recent oral history sessions please contact:

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‚ÄčIf you have a story to tell and would like to participate in the BUMED Oral History project or if you would like information on how to contribute an oral history interview to BUMED Oral History Archives please contact us at:

If you are conducting an interview for the BUMED Oral History Project, here is a guide on how to conduct the interview (PDF).

Sample Access Agreement For Oral History BUMED Oral History Project (PDF)