Lieutenant Commander James M. Liang, MC, USN

Hero of Military Medicine Award

Lieutenant Commander James M. Liang was born in Mayfield Heights, Ohio on June 8, 1973. He began his naval service when he enlisted in July 1992. After completing basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill, he reported to Engineman "A" School in Great Lakes, Illinois. After graduation, he reported to the USS Nicholson (DD 992) home ported in Charleston, South Carolina where he deployed to the Persian Gulf. He then reported to Newport, Rhode Island to attend the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training Program (BOOST).

LCDR Liang then attended Marquette University and was part of the Naval Reserve Officer Training (NROTC) Program and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering. He then entered medical school at Midwestern University, earning his doctorate of osteopathic medicine.

Following his commission in June 2004 as a Medical Corp Officer in the United States Navy, LCDR Liang was assigned to Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, for a family medicine internship. After completion of his internship, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines as a general medical officer. During this tour he deployed to Okinawa, Japan as part of the 31st MEU. LCDR Liang did a second general medical officer tour at Marine Corp Air Station Miramar with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS)-16 and deployed to Iraq as part of OIF 08.1.

LCDR Liang then reported to Naval Medical Center San Diego and completed an emergency medicine residency. He then deployed to Afghanistan with Combat Logistics Regiment (CLR)-2 as part of OEF13.2. LCDR Liang then reported to U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa in March 2014. He is currently the department head of the Emergency department.

LCDR Liang's decorations include Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (one award), Meritorious Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze star), Global War on Terrorism Medal, and Fleet Marine Force qualification.