July 6, 2005
MUW grad serving U.S. military in Japan after time in
Iraq and with tsunami relief
By Jill D. O’Bryant
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- In addition to currently serving in
Okinawa, Japan, Lt. John B. Gore of Columbus, a 2000
Mississippi University for Women graduate, also has
served in Iraq and Sri Lanka in the last two years.
In the military for approximately 12 years, he is a
lieutenant in the Navy Nurse Corps. He holds a bachelor
of science in nursing degree from MUW.
“The W has taught me life skills as well as professional
skills,” Gore said. “The educational experience at The W
was fun and enlightening for me.”
He is working at the only military hospital in Japan
where he serves as an operating room nurse. He has been
there for 16 months and is scheduled to return to the
United States in January 2006 when he will be stationed
in Bremerton, Wash.
Gore served in Iraq at the beginning of the war in 2003.
He resided on the USNS Comfort, which was in the gulf
for six months. He served as an ICU nurse for an 80-bed
unit and a 20-bed burn unit.
“It was not good for anybody there,” he said. “It wasn’t
pleasant, but it was what I had been called to do.”
While stationed in Japan, he and 16 other service
members from the U.S. Naval Hospital there were sent for
a temporary humanitarian mission in Indonesia and Sri
Lanka following the tsunami that struck the area Dec.
He was already packed for a three-week vacation to be
with his family in Mississippi, but he traded it in for
the month-long assignment.
“When we told him about his deployment, and how he would
be helping other people, Gore was excited and looking
forward to the challenge regardless of the change to his
travel plans," said Navy Capt. Jan M. Carrio, director
of nursing services for the hospital.
Gore said one of the hardest aspects of being in the
military is being away from family.
“It is very hard to be away from my family and I miss
them a whole lot, but I know that this is what I need to
He is the son of John and Debbie Gore of New Hope and
Beverly and Carl Bowles of Caledonia.