Dallas Native Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Olds is playing a crucial role in training the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps in the ongoing fight against the current worldwide pandemic, and according to Olds, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those that he found growing up in Dallas.
“The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic brought an invisible enemy to our shores and changed the way we operate as a Navy,” said Adm. Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations. “The fight against this virus is a tough one, but our sailors are tougher. We must harden our Navy by continuing to focus on the health and safety of our forces and our families. The health and safety of our sailors and their families is, and must continue to be, our number one priority.”
The 2005 graduate of W.W. Samuell High School Jeremy Olds is a hospital corpsman. He also serves as a basic program instructor at METC, the state-of-the-art DoD healthcare education campus that trains military medics, corpsmen and technicians to protect sailors and their families by learning the latest in health care and training.
“I learned growing up in my hometown of Dallas, I can get through anything in life as long I keep pushing forward,” Olds said. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” It is absolutely fitting that Olds serves at the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps. According the Navy website, the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps is the most decorated career field in the Navy. Corpsmen have earned 22 Medals of Honor, 179 Navy Crosses, 959 Silver Stars and more than 1,600 Bronze Stars. 20 ships have been named in honor of corpsmen. “The legacy of the Hospital Corps means so much to me due to the heritage and us being the most decorated corps,” Olds said. “We have been in so many battles in U.S. history. We treated the injured, and getting them safely back to their families was a priority for us.”
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