Connor, James, HM1

Hospital Corpsman
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
HM-8478-Advanced Biomedical Equipment Technician
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
2001-2003, HM-9502, DOD Medical Equipment Repair School (Staff) Sheppard AFB
Previously Held NEC
HM-0000-Hospital Corpsman
HM-8404-Medical Field Service Technician/FMF Combat Corpsman
HM-8479-Basic Biomedical Equipment System Technician
Service Years
1983 - 2003
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom
Order of the Horned Shellback
Iwo Jima
HM-Hospital Corpsman
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Joined the Navy in 1983 and just started the adventure of a lifetime.
Wouldn't have changed a thing, 30 some countries, a combat tour, some really good training. I've gone shopping in Hong Kong and Singapore. Been pampered on the beaches of Thailand, Hiked the Great Outback and swam within the Great Barrier reef of Australia. Learned to surf and scuba dive in Hawaii. Walked the fenceline and fished and swam with dolphins in Cuba. Drank uzo and danced on tables in Greece and Italy. Watched a volcanic island forming in the middle of the Indian Ocean. I have saved lives, shot to kill, fought fires and helped to quench the thirst of thousands. I experienced Somalia, Kuwait and Beruit. I have been lonely, and have rejoiced in the reunion with loved ones. I have made friends with people of the highest calibre. In my travels I've also met some pretty impressive people. Senator John McCain, Col. Oliver North, then Vice President George Bush and his wife Barbara, HM3 John Bradley, Medal of Honor Recipiants HM3 Robert Bush USN and Sgt Major Allen Kellog USMC, Admirals, Mike Boorda, Hymen Rickover and C. Everet Coop. if you read this and wonder who these men are, you should look them up.

Well I'm in my 40's now and still act like I'm in my 30's, Hah!√?¬† That's actually quite an accomplishment for me since I spent the past 20 years√?¬†as a perpetual teenager in the Navy.√?¬† I'm slowly adjusting to my new life as a civilian(yuc) but fighting it the whole time.√?¬† I'm finally back, living near the coast, it's nice here, but there is just so much I miss about being a sailor.

I miss the salt air.¬† The mist in the morning, mixed with the faint smell of diesel fuel, salt water and fresh paint.¬† The entire base goes silent at 8:00 AM and the bos'uns on all the ships in port sound colors.¬† The flag goes up rain or shine, it's colors contrast the haze gray of the combat ships.¬† Up the brow to the quarterdeck and everyone knows Doc and says hello.¬† Another day begins in a life as a sailor.¬† There's was always something new everyday, some inspection to prepare for, visitors to talk to, shipmates problems to solve.¬† Damn I made some good friends and always, always the gentle movement of the bay.¬† The hum of high√?¬†voltage electricity, the hustle bustle of the crew.¬† The boilers are lit and stores have been brought aboard.¬† Sea and anchor detail handles the lines, a slight movement and the bos'un whistle.¬†Underway! Shift¬†Colors!¬† Old glory climbes the main mast and the tugs pull us free.¬† We watch the beach as we cruise the harbor.¬† To the fantail for a smoke the ship rolls and your sea legs insticntively compensate.¬† Breakwater.¬† A sailboat passes on the port side and everyone waves, the ship is making good headway, the ocean air smells clean, the wind and water salts you again.¬† This is where a sailor belongs, another day at sea.¬† The crew settles in, no covers needed at sea.¬† We watch the land disappear over the horizon, friends and lovers left for our misstress the sea.¬† A good days work, drills, flight ops, good Navy chow on the mess decks where you share laughs with your shipmates.¬† Back to work for a while, take a break to watch the sunset, dolphins off the starboard bow frolic in our wake.¬† Darken ship.¬† Take in a movie as you catch up on paperwork or before you stand your watch.¬† The bells sound 7:30PM. On deck eight o clock reports.¬† Work on the schedule for the next day, one last walk around the ship and then the department.¬† 10:00PM taps.¬† Lights out, maintain silence about the ship.¬† You crawl into your rack and review the days events, good and bad.¬† Think of your family and what tomorrow has in store for the crew.¬† The sea craddles the ship and she gently rocks you to sleep.

Coming Home

Six months away and I'm almost home, I start to count the days.
The times we've shared have been a constant thought as I sailed across the waves.
The days they go so slowly, each one just like the last.
It's not fair when we're together, they seem to go so fast.
The nation says they're proud of me for the time we've spent apart, but I feel that we've been cheated from the very start.
The medals I wear upon my chest for the deeds that I have done, cannot replace the moments lost, forever they are gone.
I tell myself your love for me is stronger than the pain in your heart.
And if you can hold on till I come home, we'll make a brand new start.
So put a candle in the window, a yellow ribbon in your hair.
When you lay awake in bed at night, say a prayer I'll soon be there.
I'll kiss away the tears that form while your waiting on the pier, and together we'll build our hopes and dreams and put aside our fears.
They say that I am crazy, if I thought you'd wait for me.
That there's still a chance that you'll be there after leaving you for the sea.
I've tried so hard to tell you, about the job that I must do, waiting for the world to call.
And when it does, I give my all.

J Connor HM1(SW/FMF)
Off the coast of Somalia, 1993

What Makes a Good Petty Officer?

Good Petty Officers know what their uniform, their Navy, and their flag stands for.  they are proud members of the best fighting organization in the world.  The United States Navy.

Good petty Officers are concerned with their Sailors' individual welfare and their future.  They pat their sailors on the back when they do well, and give them hell when they need it.  That way they make better Sailors and make progress.  They teach their trade.  They encourage.  They inspire.  They are consistent.  They are competitive.  Their outfit is the best.  They assume responsibility.  They give their Sailors responsibility.  They pass the word.  They create team spirit.

Good Petty Officers put their hearts and souls into their work.  They radiate enthusiasm and spark.  They know the Navy.  They know their rates, and they genuinley appreciate what they know.

Good Petty Officers recognize that success comes from the effort of a larger number of people, not just one or two.  The whole organization has to function well, not just a few members.

  ADM Arleigh Burke

Favorite quotes:

Every normal man must be tempted at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.

Take the high ground, protect your flanks and move out smartly.

Aim small, miss small.

You don't have to like it, but you gotta show up.

A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living.
√?¬†¬† John F. Kennedy



Change a diaper, Plan an invasion,

Butcher a hog, Conn a ship,

Design a building, Write a sonnet,

Balance accounts, Build a wall,

Set a bone, Comfort the dying,

Cooperate, Act alone,

Solve equations, Analyze a new problem,

Pitch manure, Program a computer,

Cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently,

Die gallantly.


  Author unknown





Let grace and goodness be the principal of thy affections.√?¬† For love, which hath ends, will end; whereas that which is founded on true virtue, will always continue.

  John Dryden


The quest for the art of love, and the desire for the knowledge of the science of life, are one in the same.

Each in a constant, desperate search

of answers that the other holds.

The key to your happiness is within the equality of all things.

Take the time to guide yourself and others will follow,

you need not hold their hands.

Science is an art?

It takes Love, Faith and Courage.

J Connor  1994

The Man of Life Upright

The man of life upright, whose guiltless heart is free

from all dishonest deeds or thoughts of vanity.

The man whose silent days in harmless are spent,

whom hopes cannot delude, nor sorrow discontent.

That man needs neither towers nor armor for defense,

nor secret vaults to fly from thunders violence.

He only can behold with unaffrighted eyes, the horrors of the deep

and the terror of the skies.

Thus scorning all the cares that fate or fortune brings,

he makes the heaven his book, his wisdom heavenly things.

Good thoughts his only friend, his wealth a well spent age.

The earth his sober inn, and quiet pilgramage.


¬† ¬† ¬† Given to me by an ex-girlfriend 1994√?¬† Author unkown


Without improvisation, everything in the plant world would be "paint by numbers", and any dimestore artist could do it.


Give and Take:


If you win √Ę?? win gracefully


If you want love √Ę?? love faithfully


If you wish to learn √Ę?? learn by teaching


If you should fall √Ę?? fall reaching


 J Connor

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  1996-1999, HM-8478, Naval Hospital Lemoore, CA

HM-Hospital Corpsman

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Petty Officer Second Class

HM-8478-Advanced Biomedical Equipment Technician

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 Naval Hospital Lemoore, CA Details

Naval Hospital Lemoore, CA
COMMAND HISTORY Naval Hospital Lemoore (NHL) was commissioned 1 July 1968 as a 67-bed hospital by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), Washington, D.C. The command provides quality health care to 32,000 eligible beneficiaries at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California and NAS Fallon, Nevada. The command also provides dental care and medical administrative support to Navy, Marine Corps and international students at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Defense Language Institute and the Center for Information Dominance in Monterey, California. Naval Hospital Lemoore personnel have provided direct support to numerous operational missions around the world. During operations in Southeast Asia, NHL staff was involved in support of Marine infantry units and onboard various ships and they also provided continuity of care to prisoners of war returning to the United States. In 1990 and 1991, hospital personnel supported Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm by serving on USNS Mercy (TAH-19), augmenting Fleet Hospital FIVE, serving with Fleet Marine Forces ground units, and onboard amphibious ships. Following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, NHL staff actively supported Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay as well as deployments to provide casualty care in Landstuhl, Germany. Today, NHL staff support missions in Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, Mexico, recovery of service member remains in Vietnam, and humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions in the Pacific. Naval Hospital Lemoore's current hospital building was dedicated on 12 May 2000. It is a 150,000 square foot facility that included 16 inpatient beds and 4 operating rooms. On 1 October 2004, NHL integrated the three branch Dental Clinics at NAS Lemoore, NAS Fallon and NPS Monterey into a unified medical/dental team. On 15 November 2008, NHL began a $6.8M two-phase renovation of the operations side branch clinic to transform the 1960s building into a state-of-the-art health facility to maintain a medical footprint close to the operational squadrons and flight line personnel. The renovation was completed in March 2010, and the clinic was renamed "Hornet Health Clinic." On 5 November 2013, $1.6M was awarded for a sleep study Joint Incentive Fund Project in collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Central California (Fresno) Health Care System. On 13 June 2014, NHL signed a master sharing agreement with the Veterans Affairs Central California (Fresno) and Sierra Nevada (Reno) Health Care Systems. This agreement supports the sharing of clinical services and training opportunities between the agencies. In October 2012 and June 2014, the Medical Home Port teams in Lemoore and Fallon respectively, received the highest recognition possible (Level 3) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. On 1 March 2015, BUMED officially designated a Fleet-Centered Medical Home Team at the Hornet Health Clinic. On 30 June 2014, NHL closed its two inpatient units as well as its urgent care clinic following extensive reviews by BUMED. Obstetrical deliveries and gynecologic, orthopedic and general surgery cases requiring inpatient stays are now performed by NHL Navy surgeons via an external resource sharing agreement with Adventist Medical Center-Hanford. Significantly, ambulatory (outpatient) surgeries performed at NHL have increased by 29% since the transition. On 27 March 2015, NHL completed a $5.6 million renovation of the 12,800 square foot Building 926. The 18 new dental treatment rooms are more open and streamline patient care. The Physical Therapy Department relocated to new, significantly larger spaces in the building with separate gym and treatment areas that have increased the number and types of patients that can be seen. The hospital has been accredited by The Joint Commission since 1974, completing its most recent survey in July 2014.

Garrison - Base Station


Parent Unit
Naval Hospital (NAVHOSP)/Navy Regional Medical Center (NRMC)/Naval Medical Center (NAVMEDCEN)/Naval


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Last Updated: Apr 27, 2007
My Photos For This Duty Station
b12) Corpsman Ball
b12) Biomed Shop NAVHOSP Lemoore
b12) Corpsmen medical coverage of BMX Nationals
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Naval Hospital Lemoore, CA

Gomez, Harold, CPO, (1984-2005) HM HM-8478 Petty Officer First Class
Gomez, Harold, CPO, (1984-2005) HM HM-8478 Petty Officer First Class
Freund, Rich, SCPO, (1987-2008) HM HM-8401 Chief Petty Officer
Sison, Napoleon, MCPO, (1987-2007) HM HM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Anderson, Stephen, PO1, (1987-2007) HM HM-8425 Petty Officer First Class
Caldwell, Tanya, CPO, (1984-2007) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer First Class
Kay, Ed, MCPO, (1985-2011) HM HM-8506 Petty Officer First Class
Langner, Robert, PO1, (1983-2003) HM HM-8425 Petty Officer First Class
Nave, Jimmy, CPO, (1988-2012) HM HM-8482 Petty Officer First Class
Norton, Monica, CPO, (1989-2007) HM HM-8483 Petty Officer First Class
Bernardo, Nestor, CPO, (1990-2008) HM HM-8482 Petty Officer Second Class
Cavin, Stephan, CPO, (1986-2007) HM HM-8401 Petty Officer Second Class
Delaroca, Brian Luke, CPO, (1998-2007) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Second Class
Felicano, Allan, PO1, (1993-2007) HM HM-8482 Petty Officer Second Class
Fiddler, Glenn, CPO, (1993-2013) HM HM-8541 Petty Officer Second Class
Hoyer, Lars, PO2, (1993-2003) HM HM-8541 Petty Officer Second Class
Kelly, Jonathon, CPO, (1993-2007) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Second Class
Livingston, John, CPO, (1991-2007) HM HM-8483 Petty Officer Second Class
Long, Doug, PO2 HM HM-8401 Petty Officer Second Class
McLeod, Aaron, CPO, (1989-2010) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Second Class
Morocco, Terry, CPO, (1992-2007) HM HM-8451 Petty Officer Second Class
Reyes, Elmer, CPO, (1994-2007) HM HM-8482 Petty Officer Second Class
Trujillo, Fernando Ray, CPO, (1990-2007) HM HM-8479 Petty Officer Second Class
Wiens, Patrick, CPO, (1991-2011) HM HM-8425 Petty Officer Second Class
Ancheta, David, CPO, (1998-2012) HM HM-8451 Petty Officer Third Class
Armamento, J., PO3, (1994-2001) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Third Class
Cester, Brandon, CWO2, (1994-2007) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Curtis, Eugene, PO2, (1995-2003) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Dennis, Joseph, SCPO, (1995-Present) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Third Class
Durnell, Jacqueline, ENS, (1995-Present) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Espinoza, David, PO2, (1995-2003) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Flaherty, Daniel, PO1, (1993-2007) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Graham, Kevin, CPO, (1994-Present) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Jovellanos, JJ, PO1, (1989-2009) HM HM-8501 Petty Officer Third Class
Karjian, James, SCPO, (1990-Present) HM HM-8482 Petty Officer Third Class
O'Dell, C. Benjamin, PO1, (1992-2012) HM HM-8506 Petty Officer Third Class
Raney, Jay, PO3, (1995-1999) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Santana, Michael, PO1, (1990-2010) HM HM-8541 Petty Officer Third Class
Sary, Phirum, PO2, (1998-2007) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Third Class
Scott, Allan, PO1, (1997-Present) HM HM-8451 Petty Officer Third Class
Sevy, James, CPO, (1993-2007) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
SHOCKEY, RENA, CPO, (1996-Present) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
TEOFILO, CAROLYN, PO2, (1996-Present) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Third Class
Valdez, Sean, LT, (1997-Present) HM HM-8482 Petty Officer Third Class
Whitney, Richard, CPO, (1996-Present) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Third Class
MESSER, DAN, CPO, (1994-Present) HM HM-0000 Seaman
Cimental, Perla, PO3, (1998-2003) HM HM-8432 Hospitalman
Cole, Jimmy, PO3, (1995-2007) HM HM-8404 Hospitalman
Dickinson, Tami, PO3, (1998-2005) HM HM-0000 Hospitalman
Harris, Cleon, PO2, (1999-2009) HM HM-0000 Hospitalman
Johnson, Courtney, PO1, (1996-2007) HM HM-8404 Hospitalman
Ross, Oliver, PO3, (1996-2002) HM HM-8404 Hospitalman
Sloan, Brian, CPO, (1995-Present) HM HM-8404 Hospitalman
Welch, Jason, PO2, (1998-2007) HM HM-8404 Hospitalman
Youngquist, Karl, CPO, (1995-Present) HM HM-8404 Hospitalman
Biehn, Jeremey, LCDR, (1995-Present) HM HM-8404 Seaman Apprentice
Collins, Charles, PO3, (1995-2002) HM HM-8404 Hospitalman Apprentice
Elliott, Kent, CAPT, (1978-2007) OFF 210X Captain
McLean, Barbara, CAPT, (1972-2003) OFF 290X Captain

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