Bataan Vet Who Had Nail in Head Has Real
Thanksgiving with Family
DENVER, Nov. 27 (INS) — Virgil Gomez,
27-year-old war veteran, had special cause for Thanksgiving as
he joined his family for their holiday dinner in Denver today.
Gomez, a survivor of the Bataan death march
and the hardships of a Japanese prison camp, faced paralysis and
a lingering death three months ago.
He came from his little farm near Cerro, N.M.,
to the veterans hospital in Denver, where examination disclosed
a two-inch nail lodged between the hemispheres of his brain.
Physicians told him he had only two choices — a dangerous
operation to removed the nail, which had been pounded into his
skull by a sadistic captor four years before, or paralysis and
The surgery was performed last September and
doctors said he will not even have to wear a silver plate in his
head, though he must remain under medical care for at least six
While he was still in the hospital his first
child, Dianne was born. Yesterday his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Moses Gomez arrived in Denver to share Thanksgiving dinner with
the young veteran and his pretty wife, Isabel.
Today, Gomez was almost completely recovered
from the unusual operation, and despite his bandaged head was
cheerful and full of hope for the future.