Soldier survives near death in Vietnam to marry his nurse, celebrate 50 years of marriage

It was after midnight at a U.S. Army hospital in Vietnam when nurse Soni Talbert met the man she’d marry within two weeks. The problem, however, was that it wasn’t clear if he was going to live. He was wheeled in on a stretcher by corpsmen, soon after shrapnel from an artillery strike severed an artery in his right leg. By the time Lt. David Talbert arrived at the 3rd Surgical Hospital in Dong Tam in the midst of the Vietnam War, he’d lost more than half of his blood. He was in danger of losing his leg — and life. Within two weeks David Talbert and Lt. Soni Talbert tied the knot at another hospital in Vietnam. Now, both 72 they have just celebrate their 50th anniversary. “I just had a feeling of ‘this is someone special,’” Soni Talbert said. “We both just knew we were right for each other.”