For decades, Phillip Gonzales moved from one war-torn country to the next, traveling through recluse villages with only his medical gear, ready to treat the needy — emaciated, parasite-infected, deformed people.
It was a job not many people wanted, but Gonzales never faltered as he sought out the sick.
“You have to go to them,” said Gonzales, now 70 and speaking from his home in Fayetteville.
Gonzales, who began his medical training at Fort Bragg in the 1970s, has traveled the world, treating people in places no one else would go. He retired as a first lieutenant in 1996 after serving 24 years in Special Forces and as a Reservist.
His career came full circle when he returned to Fort Bragg in 2012 to pull from his real-world experience to teach the next generation of special operations medics.
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