Beebe Healthcare Vascular Surgeon Meyer Katz is featured in a photograph soon to be on display as part of an exhibit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive and the 1968 Battle of Huê, the Newseum will feature an exhibit of photography by John Olson. The exhibit, named “The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War” will be on display Jan. 26 through July 8.
Katz is featured in one of the photographs taken by Olson. In addition, Katz shared his story with Olson to help fill in some of the first-hand accounts which accompany the photographs.
One of the more well-known photographs in the exhibit is titled, “Marine on the Tank.” This photograph shows a young man, injured, eyes closed, on a wooden door on a tank with other injured soldiers. The young Marine was A.B. Grantham, an 18-year-old who was with his deployment in a house that was attacked. Grantham was shot by a North Vietnamese soldier. His team helped get him to a tank that was headed to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.
When Grantham arrived to the MASH, it was Katz who saved his life. The video can be viewed at bit.ly/2DFmbHF.
From July 1967 to August 1968, Katz worked in a MASH. During his time in Vietnam, he performed more than 400 operations. He logged each patient name, operation and outcome. He has the logs, and they are part of the exhibit.
For more on Katz and his service, visit bit.ly/2DvnZzR.