3/3 RVN Ass’n  Vol  1  Issue 10  09/01/2007
Issue #10

This is issue #10 of a new newsletter for 3/3 Vietnam era Marines, Corpsmen, Doctors and Chaplains.

We will attempt to publish this newsletter three times a year for the foreseeable future in  January, May, and September.

Please contact us to include or request items of interest.  

All submitted items may be edited for content, and may be included, if of import, at the leisure of the editorial staff.  

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3/3 RVN REUNION 2008
July 15-20, 2008
Orlando FL


Due to the size of our reunions and the accommodations required, John Mick has relocated the reunion from the planned Melbourne FL locale to Orlando.

The reunion Hotel is the Grosvenor Resort Hotel (a Disney hotel), which hopefully will be large enough to accommodate us all… it has nearly 700 rooms.

The hotel has gone beyond the call to provide us with amenities and gathering spaces.

This reunion will be very affordable.  The only fees will be a $30 registration fee (per adult), and a $40 (per person) banquet cost.  We will be looking into a child’s plate for the banquet at a reduced fee…

That’s just $70 per person!  The hotel rooms are $89+tax per night for the courtyard rooms and $109+tax per night for the tower rooms (with views).  I believe all rooms have twin full beds, so room sharing will be a breeze.

200 rooms are blocked for us initially, and they are already taking reservations (I’ve made mine already).

There is a Registration form on the link below the next paragraph that you fill in online, and then send in your reunion registration check to John Mick.

The earlier you make your reservations, the better the planning will go to insure we have adequate facilities etc… and with the cost so reasonable, it’ll be done and you can relax!
Reunion Agenda

Sign up for the Reunion

Who's signed up


You must make your own hotel reservations, and be sure to tell them you are with the 3/3 Marines group in order to get our special rate.

The phone number for the Hotel is:

Grosvenor Resort Hotel
1850 Hotel Plaza Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830

They will bill your credit card for one day only to hold the reservation… however this is refundable in case you should not be able to make the reunion, and cancel before the reunion.

Same refund policy for the reunion fees/banquet payments.


---Other Gatherings---
India 3/3            Oct 2-7, 2007
Holiday Inn               Reno NV
Contact:              Wayne Smith

Corpsman Up!

This is the story that was done on me while I was in Vietnam.  It was a story being told about what a U. S. Navy Corpsman goes through while with the Marines.  
Semper Fi, Doc Osterman

August 8, 1968



"Corpsman! Corpsman!" The anguished cry of a wounded man is familiar to all Marines in I Corps, Republic of Vietnam. Also familiar is the Navy Corpsman who comes running to the aid of the injured man.  Such a man is Navy Hospitalman Leslie G. Osterman, of 422 W. 10th St., Cheyenne, Wyo.  The cry for aid brings him running with medical supplies, comfort and support.

As an enlisted Corpsman on patrol he needs almost as much skill as a general practitioner.  But even more, he must be a friend, a father and9 sometimes a chaplain.  By words and gentleness he does his best to make survival possible.

Not all of Osterman's work deals with wounds.   He also has to cure simple things like sprained ankles, turned knees and heat exhaustion.  Quick action and a thorough knowledge of first aid provide the remedy for these.

Osterman, like other Navy Corpsmen in Vietnam, is young in age, but old in experience.  He must be a friend to each of his Marines, knowing their likes and dislikes.  Some may call on him to help write a letter, others ask him to join them for a beer.  Still others ask for a drink of his water.  He'll give it cheerfully, though knowing he may need it himself later.

Long before coming to Vietnam, Osterman and his fellow corpsmen began preparing for their year with the Marines.  They first entered Hospital Corpsman "A" School at either Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, or at Great Lakes Naval Hospital at Great Lakes, Illinois.  There they spent six weeks mastering such subjects as Anatomy, First Aid, Minor Surgery, Patient Care, and Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Warfare Defense.

From Hospital Corpsman School they went to four weeks of intensified training at Camp Pendleton, California or Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  In the short four weeks of advanced training, Osterman learned more First Aid, Casualty Evacuation Procedures and Special Warfare Medical Requirements.  

Osterman's real job began when he finally was assigned to a Marine combat unit in Vietnam.  

There he would use all that he had been taught and some things he had yet to learn.  There he would learn that combat medicine is more than treating sprained ankles, broken legs or even mortal wounds. It can become a dilemma of alternatives — like who should be evacuated first and who should wait, or how far to risk his own life while saving someone else's — as a Corpsman, he must decide.

He must know what to do and then do it quickly.  There is no time for long, drawn out thinking or a nervous hand.  His rule of thumb, as with all people in the medical professions, is to treat the most serious first.  

His greatest danger comes when he must treat wounds in the midst of a battle.  The Marines respond by fighting their hardest, for they know that the Corpsman is trying to save one of their buddies, and that "Doc" must be protected to do his job.
For months he has walked with the Marines through mud and dust, heat and rain, sharing their lives, their joys and sorrows with all the vigor and resourcefulness his youth allows.  But when they get hit, the young man grows old and comforts them — binding their wounds with all the skill and speed he has, or closing their eyes in death with compassion beyond his years.
Tomorrow and the next day and the rest of his year in Vietnam he'll do it all over again, as a Navy Corpsman with the Marines.