Friday, February 27, 2015
2/27/1945 Tony Hillerman gets a million-dollar wound
He made it out, losing one eye and part of one foot. Nonetheless he considered it a lucky "million dollar wound," getting him out of combat while still alive. In his memoir, Seldom Disappointed, Hillerman sees the injury as part of a long set of circumstances and coincidences that gets him to the right place at the right time: namely the New Mexico desert just as a group of Navajo cross the road during an Enemy Way ceremony for a returning soldier. The fascination with what he saw leads to a lifelong interest and a career writing about fictional Navajo police officers.