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Updated: 04/07/2014 05:24:00PM

A Veterans Day salute to nurses

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SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA

Members of the U.S. Paratroopers Honor Guard present the colors during a Veteran's Day celebration Monday at Kiwanis Veteran's Garden in Laishley Park, Punta Gorda.

By BRENDA BARBOSA

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PUNTA GORDA — Two-time Purple Heart recipient U.S. Army Sgt. John Ross doesn’t remember much of what happened during the 28 hours he and a band of injured soldiers hid in the Vietnam jungle during the Tet Offensive of 1968, waiting for a Medevac chopper to get them to safety.

What he does remember is the nurse who sat by his side, tending to his broken body as he slowly emerged from the morphine-induced fog that calmed the pain.

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