Saturday, April 05, 2008

Has the Washington Times joined Operation Yellow Elephant?

Noble of the Week:
Noble: Dr. Robert Gherman [right], an obstetrician-gynecologist at Prince George's Hospital Center who joined the Marine Corps Reserve and will ship out to Iraq in the fall to be an assistant battalion surgeon.

Although he's no stranger to military service, Dr. Gherman has been brushing up his training, both on the battlefield and in the operating room. He spent more than a decade on active duty in the Navy, but was never required to so much as shoot a gun. So, he's been working with his fellow Marines to learn the basics of combat as well as relearning some medical basics to help him when he's overseas. In addition, Dr. Gherman has been helping train field medics, many of whom have only very basic training.

Dr. Gherman joined the Marines last summer in light of a physician shortage, knowing full well he would likely be deployed to Iraq. He told The Washington Post: "The bottom line is, whether you think the Iraq war is right or wrong, there are guys still getting injured." That's an admirable stance, and the good doctor is commended for his selflessness.

For helping fill the shortage of physicians in Iraq, Dr. Robert Gherman is the Noble of the Week.
OYE Comment:

Operation Yellow Elephant salutes Dr. Gherman for his continued commitment to our nation and its servicemembers and wishes him, his family and his patients in Prince Georges County, all the best. Because he has already done his duty [we recommend military service to any aspiring medical professional, whether wealthy or not], he is demonstrating again the spirit of selfless service by volunteering for America.

We also commend The Washington Times for its civic spirit in calling attention to Dr. Gherman as originally reported in the Other Paper. We love healthy competition as much as anyone, but this is one time for all Americans to come together.


At 06 April, 2008 13:52, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uhh, Marines don't have surgeons. The Navy provides the Marine Corps with doctors, corpsmen, and chaplains.

At 07 April, 2008 18:38, Blogger OYE said...

anonymous (06 April, 2008 13:52)-

We're not disagreeing with you, but that's how the Washington Post reported it.

We'll see if we can call your comment to their attention so that they can clarify the situation.

If they do anything, we'll do an update.

Thanks for letting us know.


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