Vietnam vet thanks nurse and others for saving his life
Chesterfield veteran credits nurse with saving his life in Vietnam
BY PETER BACQUÉ
July 5, 2013
Want to know what the Fourth of July holiday is really about?
Ask Bill Haneke. Ask Cathie Solomonson.
In 1968, during the Vietnam War, a mine nearly killed Haneke, who was an Army captain.
He lost his right leg, half his left foot, his left eye, half his nose and four fingertips from his right hand. His skull and his jaw were shattered. He had wounds over 90 percent of his body.
“I was Bill’s nurse,” Solomonson said. As a 22-year-old Army lieutenant, Solomonson served with the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh, Vietnam, in 1968-69.
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