Holding Death at Bay:
The Story of a World War II Photograph, Blood Plasma, and the Soldier it Couldn’t Save
On August 9, 1943, Army Signal Corps photographer Lt. John Stephen Wever captured a stirring scene on a street in Sicily not far from the front lines. Pfc. Harvey White administered blood plasma to a wounded soldier, Pvt. Roy W. Humphrey, while a Sicilian family looked on from their home.
Donna Esposito is a World War II historian and author of the novel Flying Time.
She is currently working on a full-length book telling the whole story of the Sicily plasma photograph.