Jun 17, 2006

Petty Officer 1st Class Michael P. Thomas raises his right hand while swearing the corpsman's oath during a ceremony celebrating the 108th Birthday of the United States Navy Hospital Corps in Al Asad, Iraq, June 17. The celebration honored the long history of the Hospital Corp's devoted ranks of sailors that provided lifesaving care to Marine and Sailor casualties in places like Iwo Jima, Vietnam and now Iraq. Thomas is the leading petty officer with Marine Aircraft Group 16 (Reinforced), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and is a Manteca, Calif., native.

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