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© Andre Easter
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He was a 19-year old Gunner's Mate Second Class Petty Officer in 1944. Today he is a very old man with fading memories of glory.

I made this with 4X5 Graflex Crown Graphic. He told me that he hadn't seen a camera like that since he was a young man.

It was men like this who saved the world. Never forget them.

22 responses

  • John Edwin May

    John Edwin May said (7 Aug 2009):

    A telling portrait...Very Nice!

  • Ted Zahn

    Ted Zahn said (7 Aug 2009):

    Andre, some things you never forget -- how to tie a neckerchief, how to stand at parade rest, and how to serve your country. Wonderful portrait of a classic WWII sailor.

  • Andre Easter

    Andre Easter said (7 Aug 2009):

    Strangely enough Ted, I was in the Navy during that immediate post-Nam period where we didn't wear cracker jacks, we had to wear the Good Humor uniform. Remember those? They lasted until from '74 to about 1980 or so. Maybe we should have called them "the Ford & Jimmy Carter suit."

    Never learned to tie the neckerchief. Never wore the Dixie Cup. We looked like Maytag repairmen!

  • conchita. del. mundo.

    conchita. del. mundo. gave props (15 Aug 2009):

    excellent portrait. well done.

  • Charles

    Charles (Deleted) gave props (16 Aug 2009):

    Great portrait of a proud sailor. I was a MU2 (musician) during Vietnam

  • Zane Ewton

    Zane Ewton (Deleted) gave props (17 Aug 2009):

    Awesome

  • Janice Mezzacappa

    Janice Mezzacappa (Deleted) gave props (31 Aug 2009):

    Total respect for these men and all in the military!! Fantastic capture which lays deep in the soul, thanks for sharing Andre!

  • Dirk Spennemann

    Dirk Spennemann   gave props (31 Aug 2009):

    Stunning work Andre excellent for the topic!

  • Alexander O'Kieff

    Alexander O'Kieff (Deleted) said (1 Sep 2009):

    great portrait mate...It tells a story.

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (8 Sep 2009):

    Beautiful work!:)

  • Howard Simpson

    Howard Simpson gave props (14 Sep 2009):

    Unexpected. Very nice.

  • Sumedh Prasad

    Sumedh Prasad gave props (18 Sep 2009):

    Nice shot for this theme -- I wonder why they call them "petty" officers and not something less demeaning? ...

  • Kayla Vandeburg

    Kayla Vandeburg gave props (21 Sep 2009):

    awesome that you used a camera that the subject is familiar with and hadn't seen in forever. You inspire me!

  • om er

    om er said (28 Sep 2009):

    Great photo and story, I adore the use of that old 4 x 5.

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (31 Dec 2009):

    Excellent Portrait!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (21 Jan 2010):

    A real hero! Excellent portrait.

  • Ryan McKay

    Ryan McKay gave props (21 Jan 2010):

    Fantastic shot! His face and expression speak volumes.

  • Raymond John

    Raymond John   said (1 Feb 2010):

    This is extraordinary. Too see an older man with so much life behind him in the uniform he war as a young soldier is sublime.

  • John Darwin Kurc

    John Darwin Kurc said (21 Jun 2010):

    I keep coming back to this because it is perfect.

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman   gave props (27 Jun 2010):

    Superb! Well seen...

  • David Delannoy

    David Delannoy gave props (31 May 2012):

    les rides sont le parcours d'une vie ! David

  • David Delannoy

    David Delannoy gave props (31 May 2012):

    it reminds me my grand father who came in France for the first world war ! Thank you David ! my vote

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