A journey back

HarrybHarryb old and lazyViera, FloridaPosts: 22,701Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
edited November 12, 2009 in Journeys
About 39 years ago we looked like this
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I'm the young tadpole giving you his right profile
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after we had returned for a bit they gave us this wall
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and some nifty statues
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after running some Vietnam Vetran outreach offices in Harlem and the South Bronx for five years I stayed away from veteran groups for a long time. Every vet organization that recruited me wanted me to wear some silly hat. Anyhow they have this annual vets reunion down here and some folks asked me to take a few pics.

they have a traveling version of the wall
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some displays
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a bunch of groups lay wreaths at the wall
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various expressions are worn
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Whenever I'm at a party or some gathering I can usually pick out another Vietnam vet. We all have this "look".

he asked me not to show his missing arm
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some younger folks were there too

he had a really shiny axe
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who knows, if they're play their cards right, they might get their own wall too
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Harry
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  • Ann McRaeAnn McRae SmugMug BizDev|Educator Posts: 4,584Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 25, 2008
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    Powerful stuff, Harry.

    I was really struck, visiting DC and area, by the number of active military personel we saw. Heartbreaking, really.
  • slpollettslpollett Major grins Posts: 1,058Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 25, 2008
    Very moving collection. Nicely done.

    Sherry
  • TangoTango Major grins Posts: 4,592Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 25, 2008
    Thank You Harry. very nice
    Aaron Nelson
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Viera, FloridaPosts: 22,701Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited April 25, 2008
    Ann McRae wrote:
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    Powerful stuff, Harry.

    I was really struck, visiting DC and area, by the number of active military personel we saw. Heartbreaking, really.

    Thanks Ann glad you appreciated it. Heart breakking yes, my son is slated to go back to Iraq/Afghanistan some time next year. :pissed
    Harry
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  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Viera, FloridaPosts: 22,701Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited April 25, 2008
    slpollett wrote:
    Very moving collection. Nicely done.

    Sherry

    Thank you Sherry
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  • DogdotsDogdots Major grins Posts: 8,761Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 25, 2008
    Harry you did a wonderful job in your presentation of these photos.

    I could feel the emotion in some of your photos.

    Thank - you.
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Viera, FloridaPosts: 22,701Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited April 26, 2008
    Thank You Harry. very nice

    Thanks Aaron and you're welcome.
    Harry
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  • Ric GrupeRic Grupe Hampshire Prairie Posts: 9,522Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2008
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    You did an outstanding job, Harry.

    I'm going to keep my thoughts on the underlying politics that cause these conflicts to myself.

    God bless each and everyone of those that served.

    Thirty-nine years and fifty pounds ago.

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    USS Saint Paul (heavy cruiser) Flag Ship of COMCRUDESFLOT-9.....Gulf of Tonkin.
  • bfjrbfjr Which Way Did They Go Posts: 10,980Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2008
    Geez Harry ya gotta grab at me like that

    See so many familar faces in your set

    Put many to rest, brought some back

    82nd Airborne 05H20 ASA (AssHoles Sign Anything) 69 - 71
    Didn't know where I was then and still don't.

    Benjamin
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Viera, FloridaPosts: 22,701Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited April 27, 2008
    Dogdots wrote:
    Harry you did a wonderful job in your presentation of these photos.

    I could feel the emotion in some of your photos.

    Thank - you.

    Glad you enjoyed it.
    Harry
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  • PantherPanther Major grins Posts: 3,658Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 27, 2008
    Howdy Harry,

    Very powerful and moving images, Thanks for Sharing, an Thank You for your service. Sometimes we need a gentle nudge to make sure and remember all those that gave, are giving, and those and their families that gave all.

    Please make sure an give your Son our Best and we'll keep him in our thoughts and prayers, and please Thank Him for his Service to keep us Free and Safe.

    Kindest Regards,

    Craig
    Take care,

    Craig

    Burleson, Texas
  • nightspidynightspidy Canon Slave Posts: 177Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 27, 2008
    Thank you for sharing
    These pictures were so moving. I love #13. Again, thank you for sharing these amazing photos.
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  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Viera, FloridaPosts: 22,701Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited April 27, 2008
    Ric Grupe wrote:
    What faces! thumb.gif

    You did an outstanding job, Harry.

    I'm going to keep my thoughts on the underlying politics that cause these conflicts to myself.

    God bless each and everyone of those that served.

    Thirty-nine years and fifty pounds ago.

    USS Saint Paul (heavy cruiser) Flag Ship of COMCRUDESFLOT-9.....Gulf of Tonkin.

    Thanks Ric and it was more pounds ago than years ago for me too.
    Harry
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    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Viera, FloridaPosts: 22,701Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited April 28, 2008
    bfjr wrote:
    Geez Harry ya gotta grab at me like that

    See so many familar faces in your set

    Put many to rest, brought some back

    82nd Airborne 05H20 ASA (AssHoles Sign Anything) 69 - 71
    Didn't know where I was then and still don't.

    Benjamin

    It does bring back memories Ben.
    Harry
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    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
  • davemj98davemj98 Fiat Lux Posts: 225Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 28, 2008
    Outstanding and powerful; it moved me.
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  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Viera, FloridaPosts: 22,701Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited April 29, 2008
    Panther wrote:
    Howdy Harry,

    Very powerful and moving images, Thanks for Sharing, an Thank You for your service. Sometimes we need a gentle nudge to make sure and remember all those that gave, are giving, and those and their families that gave all.

    Please make sure an give your Son our Best and we'll keep him in our thoughts and prayers, and please Thank Him for his Service to keep us Free and Safe.

    Kindest Regards,

    Craig

    Thanks Craig and I'll pass your good wishes onto my son.
    Harry
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    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
  • ChrisJChrisJ Major grins Posts: 2,159Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 29, 2008
    It's something I can't imagine... and I really hope my sons won't need to defend our country some day. Thanks for the unique look.
    Chris
  • Lesley BrayLesley Bray Major grins Atherton, QueenslandPosts: 158Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 29, 2008
    Very moving message - thank you
  • joshhuntnmjoshhuntnm Las Cruces, NM Posts: 1,819Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 30, 2008
    Great shots. I really like the statues in the snow and the close ups.
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Viera, FloridaPosts: 22,701Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited April 30, 2008
    nightspidy wrote:
    These pictures were so moving. I love #13. Again, thank you for sharing these amazing photos.

    Thank you very much for those kind words.
    Harry
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    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
  • WilliamClark77WilliamClark77 Click Click BOOM! Posts: 164Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 30, 2008
    Very powerful and moving stuff. Thanks for posting. This thread really put things in perspective. God bless and Godspeed to our vets!
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Viera, FloridaPosts: 22,701Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited April 30, 2008
    davemj98 wrote:
    Outstanding and powerful; it moved me.

    That's one of the best complements I've gotten on my any of my pics, thanks.
    Harry
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    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Viera, FloridaPosts: 22,701Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited April 30, 2008
    ChrisJ wrote:
    It's something I can't imagine... and I really hope my sons won't need to defend our country some day. Thanks for the unique look.

    Thanks Chris and I hope that if we really examine our past experiences and stop glamorizing them it may prevent your sons from repeating our experiences.
    Harry
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    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Viera, FloridaPosts: 22,701Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited May 1, 2008
    Very moving message - thank you

    Thanks for looking and taking the time to comment.
    Harry
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    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Viera, FloridaPosts: 22,701Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited May 2, 2008
    joshhuntnm wrote:
    Great shots. I really like the statues in the snow and the close ups.

    Thanks Josh the statue captures were with my old Sony-717
    Harry
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    How many photographers does it take to change a light bulb? 50. One to change the bulb, and forty-nine to say, "I could have done that better!"
  • QarikQarik Krazy Korean Posts: 4,959Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 2, 2008
    compelling set. That guy in the wheelchair looks like vet from the revolutioanry war!
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  • leaforteleaforte Major grins Posts: 1,948Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 2, 2008
    A nice aspect. Thanks for sharing.
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  • ipduffyipduffy Big grins Posts: 29Registered Users Big grins
    edited May 2, 2008
    Thank you Harry
    Harry: Thank you for your service. And thank you, also, for your pictures. Very moving.
  • TPBinKCTPBinKC Major grins Posts: 194Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 2, 2008
    Emotional photos, thank you for sharing Harry.

    The photo of the wall is beautiful and haunting...
  • ian408ian408 More wag. Less Bark. Posts: 21,301Administrators moderator
    edited May 3, 2008
    The sight of that wall brings tears to my eyes every time.

    Your photograph with it's mostly black and white punctuated by a blue
    umbrella and red roses is a pretty powerful one.
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