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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

Okinawa-based Marines, sailors respond to Indonesian earthquake

By Lance Cpl. Warren Peace | | May 30, 2006

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BANTUL, Indonesia ? Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Godinez checks the pulse of Siti Nuriyami, in Bantul, Indonesia, May 31 after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Java. Nuriyami suffered broken ribs and a arm during the earthquake. Godinez is a III Marine Expeditionary Force surgeon. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)

BANTUL, Indonesia ? Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Godinez checks the pulse of Siti Nuriyami, in Bantul, Indonesia, May 31 after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Java. Nuriyami suffered broken ribs and a arm during the earthquake. Godinez is a III Marine Expeditionary Force surgeon. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)


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BANTUL, Indonesia ? Lt. Cmdr. Carlos D. Godinez Jr. examines the right hand of an Indonesian man in Bantul, Indonesia, May 31 after he suffered injuries during 6.2-magnitude earthquake five days earlier. Godinez is a III Marine Expeditionary Force surgeon. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)

BANTUL, Indonesia ? Lt. Cmdr. Carlos D. Godinez Jr. examines the right hand of an Indonesian man in Bantul, Indonesia, May 31 after he suffered injuries during 6.2-magnitude earthquake five days earlier. Godinez is a III Marine Expeditionary Force surgeon. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)


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BANTUL, Indonesia ? Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Godinez applies a makeshift splint to the broken leg of Sudi Utomo in Bantul, Indonesia, May 31 after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Java. Utomo received the injury when a wooden beam fell on her during the earthquake. Godinez is a III Marine Expeditionary Force surgeon. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)

BANTUL, Indonesia ? Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Godinez applies a makeshift splint to the broken leg of Sudi Utomo in Bantul, Indonesia, May 31 after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Java. Utomo received the injury when a wooden beam fell on her during the earthquake. Godinez is a III Marine Expeditionary Force surgeon. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)


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BANTUL, Indonesia ? Chief Petty Officer Ron Snyder (left) and Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Godinez examine the x-rays of an injured Indonesian woman in Bantul, Indonesia, after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Java. Snyder is a Hospital Corpsman with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group and Godinez is a III Marine Expeditionary Force surgeon. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)

BANTUL, Indonesia ? Chief Petty Officer Ron Snyder (left) and Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Godinez examine the x-rays of an injured Indonesian woman in Bantul, Indonesia, after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Java. Snyder is a Hospital Corpsman with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group and Godinez is a III Marine Expeditionary Force surgeon. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)


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SEWON, Indonesia (May, 31, 2006) -- Navy Lt. Tim Ayers examines a 12-month-old Indonesian girl at a clinic established here today by III Marine Expeditionary Force Marines and sailors at the request of the Indonesian government following the May 27 earthquake that tore through the island of Java. The team of about 100 service members is providing surgical and acute care for victims. The infant was struck in the back by a falling brick during the earthquake. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Eric C. Tausch)

SEWON, Indonesia (May, 31, 2006) -- Navy Lt. Tim Ayers examines a 12-month-old Indonesian girl at a clinic established here today by III Marine Expeditionary Force Marines and sailors at the request of the Indonesian government following the May 27 earthquake that tore through the island of Java. The team of about 100 service members is providing surgical and acute care for victims. The infant was struck in the back by a falling brick during the earthquake. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Eric C. Tausch)


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BANTUL, Indonesia ? Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Godinez operates on the foot of in Indonesian man in Bantul, Indonesia, May 31 after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Java. Godinez is a III Marine Expeditionary Force surgeon. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)

BANTUL, Indonesia ? Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Godinez operates on the foot of in Indonesian man in Bantul, Indonesia, May 31 after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Java. Godinez is a III Marine Expeditionary Force surgeon. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)


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SEWON, Indonesia (May, 31, 2006) ? Navy Chief Petty Officer Ron Snyder scours a scabbed over burn to avoid infection on Indonesian ?Samadi?s? arm at a clinic established here today by III Marine Expeditionary Force Marines and sailors. The 46-year-old Indonesian received the burn along most of his right arm while pulling two young boys from a burning building that had collapsed during the May 27 earthquake that rocked the island of Java. The team of about 100 Okinawa-based service members is providing surgical and acute care for victims here at the request of the Indonesian government. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Eric C. Tausch).

SEWON, Indonesia (May, 31, 2006) ? Navy Chief Petty Officer Ron Snyder scours a scabbed over burn to avoid infection on Indonesian ?Samadi?s? arm at a clinic established here today by III Marine Expeditionary Force Marines and sailors. The 46-year-old Indonesian received the burn along most of his right arm while pulling two young boys from a burning building that had collapsed during the May 27 earthquake that rocked the island of Java. The team of about 100 Okinawa-based service members is providing surgical and acute care for victims here at the request of the Indonesian government. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Eric C. Tausch). (Photo by 1st Lt. Eric C. Tausch)


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BANTUL, Indonesia ? Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Godinez applies a makeshift splint to the broken leg of Sudi Utomo in Bantul, Indonesia, May 31 after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Java. Utomo received the injury when a wooden beam fell on her during the earthquake. Godinez is a III Marine Expeditionary Force surgeon. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)

BANTUL, Indonesia ? Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Godinez applies a makeshift splint to the broken leg of Sudi Utomo in Bantul, Indonesia, May 31 after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Java. Utomo received the injury when a wooden beam fell on her during the earthquake. Godinez is a III Marine Expeditionary Force surgeon. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)


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SEWON, Indonesia (May, 31, 2006) ? Indonesian Soldiers and Okinawa-based Marines and sailors work together to set up surgical and acute care medical facilities here to help alleviate the suffering by victims of a May 27 earthquake that rocked the island of Java. About 100 service members from III Marine Expeditionary Force began deploying to the area at the Indonesian government?s request only days after the disaster struck. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Eric C. Tausch).

SEWON, Indonesia (May, 31, 2006) ? Indonesian Soldiers and Okinawa-based Marines and sailors work together to set up surgical and acute care medical facilities here to help alleviate the suffering by victims of a May 27 earthquake that rocked the island of Java. About 100 service members from III Marine Expeditionary Force began deploying to the area at the Indonesian government?s request only days after the disaster struck. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Eric C. Tausch). (Photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)


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SEWON, Indonesia (May, 31, 2006) ? U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Lynn Pascoe visits Indonesian soldiers and Okinawa-based Marines and sailors as they establish mobile surgical and acute care facilities here for victims of the May 27 earthquake that struck Java Island. About 100 Marines and sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force will be answering the call for help from the Indonesian government by providing medical assistance. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Eric C. Tausch).

SEWON, Indonesia (May, 31, 2006) ? U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Lynn Pascoe visits Indonesian soldiers and Okinawa-based Marines and sailors as they establish mobile surgical and acute care facilities here for victims of the May 27 earthquake that struck Java Island. About 100 Marines and sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force will be answering the call for help from the Indonesian government by providing medical assistance. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Eric C. Tausch). (Photo by 1st Lt. Eric C. Tausch)


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BANTUL, Indonesia ? Hospitals and medical clinics in Bantul, Indonesia, are flooded with patients after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Java May 27. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)

BANTUL, Indonesia ? Hospitals and medical clinics in Bantul, Indonesia, are flooded with patients after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Java May 27. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)


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BANTUL, Indonesia ? Lt. Cmdr. Carlos D. Godinez Jr. examines the right hand of an Indonesian man in Bantul, Indonesia, May 31 after he suffered injuries during 6.2-magnitude earthquake five days earlier. Godinez is a III Marine Expeditionary Force surgeon. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)

BANTUL, Indonesia ? Lt. Cmdr. Carlos D. Godinez Jr. examines the right hand of an Indonesian man in Bantul, Indonesia, May 31 after he suffered injuries during 6.2-magnitude earthquake five days earlier. Godinez is a III Marine Expeditionary Force surgeon. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Warren Peace)


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JAVA, Indonesia -- Medical experts from the III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan, visited hospitals and medical clinics near Bantul, Indonesia, May 31 in the wake of a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck near the ancient city of Yogyakarta. While at the medical facilities, the service members helped treat patients injured from the disaster.

The team of about 100 Okinawa-based Marines and sailors continue to arrive at the Indonesian government’s request for assistance, and those already present also saw their first patients today in temporary medical facilities they established in a soccer field in Sewon, near Yogyakarta, to help relieve the overflow of patients from local hospitals. Victims treated included those with fractures, burns and other injuries sustained during the earthquake.

The temporary facility will be fully functional tomorrow, complete with surgical, acute and primary care, laboratory, dental, x-ray and preventive medicine capabilities.

“The physicians here are doing an excellent job,” said Lt. Cmdr. Carlos D. Godinez, a III Marine Expeditionary Force surgeon stationed in Okinawa, Japan. “Their biggest problem the Indonesian hospitals are having is an overflow of patients. I expected orthopedic injuries, but not of this severity. It’s almost overwhelming.”