May 31, 2012
A good friend and co-worker had some great news for Memorial Day.
It was a reunion 42 years in the making.
Joel Prothro and Jerry Sisler smiled and hugged each other at Granbury's Memorial Day parade.
It had been four decades since their paths crossed in Vietnam when the two were attached to the Army's 199th Light Infantry Brigade.
"This is the good doc — the medic that treated me when I was wounded," Prothro bragged.
Prothro was a 21-year-old Army solider when was seriously injured after walking into an ambush. He received shrapnel wounds to his abdomen and leg, and was lying on the ground when Sisler — a combat medic — found him.
"He crawled on top of me as there were explosions above us and shrapnel raining down," Prothro recalled. "He crawled on top of me, or I would have been hit again."