The Hemisphere: The Man Who Would Not Die

As a sublieutenant under Pancho Villa in 1913, Pedro Gomez took slugs in his stomach and in one leg, was left to die after a skirmish in which government forces routed Villa. Before he could die however, he was jerked to his feet in front of a firing squad. The bullets which crashed into his chest merely knocked him down. A sergeant's coup de grace only nicked his ear. The sergeant's cursing captain seized the pistol and sent a .38 bullet into Gomez' head at the hairline—but late that night Gomez still lived.


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