February 25, 1970: Statement of Donald Jeffery
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I, Donald R. Jeffery, WANT TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT UNDER OATH
About 0350 hrs, 17 Feb 70, the ambulance section of USAH where I am assigned for duty was alerted to go to 544 Castle Dr, Ft Bragg, NC to pick up victims of a stabbing. PFC CASTELAN got into my ambulance as the attendant and we proceeded to the address given to us over the radio. A second ambulance followed us operated by SP4 PAULSEN and PVT NUCHERENO. On arrival at 544 Castle Dr, we were advised that only CPT MacDONALD was alive, but that he was badly hurt. CASTELAN and I prepared the litter and entered the quarters through the front door. From the frontroom hallway entrance we could see that the CPT's head was towards the master bedroom door so we stopped and turned the litter around, then proceeded to the bedroom. Once inside the bedroom we placed the CPT on the litter and proceeded out again. As we passed the bedroom located on the left in the hallway, the CPT attempted to get off the litter. He grabbed for the door and I had to stop and move him to him to calm him down. He said "I've got to get to my kids and see if they're OK" he was crying when he said this and his speech was broken. I told him that his kids were alright and he settled down. On arrival at the emergency room the attendants there took over. I remained at the hospital foe about 30 minutes then returned to the quarters I had come from to stand-by.
Q. Who put the CPT on the litter?
A. PVT NUCHERENO, SP4 PAULSEN, PFC CASTELAN an MP and I.
Q. What part of the CPT did you get hold of to place him on the litter?
A. I place my hands under his back.
Q. Did you see any blood on the CPT's hands?
A. I didn't notice if they were bloodied or not.
Q. Were the CPT's pajama bottoms damp or bloodied in any way?
A. I noticed that the crotch of his pajamas were torn, but I didn't notice if they were damp or bloodied.
Q. Was there much blood on the CPT?
A. I saw some blood on his chest, but he did not appear to be very bloody. I saw three puncture holes which appeared to have been made by a small knife, these appeared to be in his frontal area.
Q. Did CPT MacDONALD say anything enroute to the hospital?
A. I was driving the ambulance and didn't talk to him but I did overhear him say that he needed some fluids in his body because he was going to pass out and was going into shock. While in the quarters he told us to elevate his feet, this is where he first told us that he was going into shock, then again as we passed Mallonee Village, Ft Bragg, NC. CASTELAN told me that the CPT had said while in the ambulance that his wife had called out to him "help me JEFF, help me JEFF but I just couldn't get to her"
Q. Did he say why he couldn't get to her?
A. No he did not, I also heard this same thing from him as we were putting him on the litter at his quarters.
Q. When you returned to the quarters and waited until they told you to remove the rest of the victims did you touch anything in the house?
A. Possibly the door in the masterbedroom or the door at the south bedroom.
Q. Do you anything to add to or delete from this statement?
A. No I do not.