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Stuart Hirsch, MD

Dr. Stuart Hirsch served as an orthopaedic surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was posted at a major evacuation hospital where he saw injured patients within 24 hours of enduring battlefield trauma. “Their youth, bravery and patriotism were all worn proudly,” Dr. Hirsch says. So was their dedication to one another. They cared “more for the lives and welfare of their buddies than themselves.” Treating injured and wounded soldiers often lead to improvements in care “as the knowledge gained filters into the civilian population,” he says. “Our orthopaedic skills and techniques grow with each battle.”

The Wall – Land of the Free … Because They were so Brave

30 x 20 x 1 in.


Every year for more than 20 years, Dr. Hirsch has visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The granite wall and the personal tributes left along its foundation always move the observer, says Dr. Hirsch. His photograph is dedicated to the men whose names are recorded on the wall, the friends, family, fathers, sons and brothers. Dr. Hirsch offers them the “deepest respect for their service, and our eternal gratitude for their sacrifice.”