World War II Veteran Defeats a New Enemy with Help from Robotic Surgery at CMH

TITANIUM TWINS

“I was home the next day. Went for walks and felt good.”
– Ben Gehr

FACING A NEW ENEMY

The recipient of two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars, Gehr learned of the fall of Berlin and Hitler’s death while in a hospital in England. He was discharged in 1946.

Born and raised in Santa Barbara County, Gehr faced another deadly enemy ten years ago when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer during a routine exam. This time, however, it was the cancer that was moving quickly.

“My doctor, Dr. James Halverson, was checking my prostate and said there was a swelling,” Gehr said. “He wanted me to see Dr. Marc Beaghler right away.”

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