Samngath Meas, a Mechanicsville woman who survived Cambodia’s killing fields, dies at 65

In April 1975, as communist Khmer Rouge insurgents attacked the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, Samngath Meas was a 22-year-old army wife preparing to flee the city with her 6-month-old son Syphann as rocket fire exploded around her home.

Suddenly fragments from enemy fire struck the back of her head, sending blood over her and her son. Panicked, she first thought he had been hit, but upon wiping away the blood, she found no injury.

Soldiers from her husband’s army unit took them to his base, where she received medical attention.

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