Nation: A Walk in Ward 34

"Don't move, fellows," implored the President. "Please don't." Many wounded servicemen struggled nonetheless to sit upright as Johnson walked through the door of Walter Reed Hospital's Ward 34. "I just want to tell you how much your country thinks of you," he called out. "How proud your country is of you. How grateful your country is to you."

A personal visit to the wounded veterans of Viet Nam—many of them amputees—was the President's only means of showing his own gratitude, and he was visibly moved by the experience. Walking through Ward 34 and the officers' Ward 1, shaking hands with each man,...

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