The Last Veterans of World War II: Portraits and Memories

The Last Veterans of World War II: Portraits and Memories

by Richard Bell


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The Last Veterans of World War II: Portraits and Memories by Richard Bell

Chronicling the many faces of the WWII effort, these contemporary black-and-white portraits of the longest surviving veterans remind us that the war comprised a collection of Americans from all walks of life. Their penetrating gaze captures the ethos of the endeavor of war. Intimate memories offer glimpses into the horrifying, and at times awe-inspiring, reality of war. The faces of these veterans, from all branches, are juxtaposed with images of their youthful selves and serve as a visual representation of the expanse of their life experiences. Appealing to the families of soldiers, academics, history buffs, and veterans of other wars, this collection is a testament to the spirit of patriotism and strength of a collective American effort.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764353628
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 10/15/2017
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 498,718
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Richard Bell has had a lifelong career as a photographer. First working as a newspaper photojournalist and later as a commercial advertising photographer. He currently works from his studio in Medford, NJ.

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bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful Photographs with Memories of World War II. Each Portrait is accompanied by a short paragraph showing the personal side of the War. It also show how important it is to capture these memories before they disappear. This is the history not often found in books. Anyone with an interest in history will enjoy this book.
Artinnj More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful book. The photographs are stunning . The quotes from the veterans add a voice to our history that is so often not heard. This would make a fantastic gift for anyone who is a veteran or knows a veteran.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book honoring a few of our heroes from World War ll. The diversity inside these pages speaks volumes as we hear from men and women who fought for America in a variety of positions such as officers, nurses, pilots, engineers, technicians, shipfitters and serviceman (just to name a few). I enjoyed how the novel was laid out. Beginning each veteran’s story is a head-shot photograph which is then followed by a short story about that individual and his experience in the war. On the second page is another photograph, a simple and important photo of the veteran’s hand holding his service photograph from the war. I loved looking at these photographs, what a beautiful way to display the element of time and history. As I examined these photographs, their eyes glaring back at me, I thought about the stories those eyes held inside them. For what these individuals experienced and lived, their eyes knew it all. I could tell you about many of the stories that I read but I will just highlight a few that caught my attention. I read about Harlan whose secret mission was to deliver atomic bomb components. After their successful delivery, his unit was hit by torpedo’s and their ship was going down. For four days, Harlan and over three hundred of his men floated in the water, waiting for assistance. Fighting off sharks and staying together to stay alive, they waited. Not everyone made it back safely. Then, there was the story of George who faced his fears in 2000 when he revisited Germany. Battling PTSD, George revisited the places where he had once stood, fighting in the war. George was looking for closure. The story of Ben hit home with me. Ben had been captured and had been forced to march with other prisoners, abuse and death occurring on their way. The Japanese fighters told their prisoners that they were not Prisoners of War but that they were captives. Treated worse than an animal, Ben was a sole survivor when he returned home. Ben also told the story of “The Hell Ships” which was something I hadn’t read about before. There are a few individuals in the novel who didn’t have much to say about their experience. I appreciate their privacy as this war was an emotional and troubling experience to live through. My father-in-law was a POW during WWll and I have listened to many of his stories about this time in his life. He was there in the Battle of the Bulge, he walked many miles to some undetermined destination only to have to turn around and walk back, he ate out of many frozen gardens and the many incidents of what he saw, smelled and heard, I cannot fathom. He was a survivor just like the individuals in this fantastic novel and I thank each one of them for their service. This novel tells the stories of individuals that should be heard and their stories appreciated. I highly recommend this novel and I can’t wait to obtain my own copy. I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. in exchange for an honest review. Thank you both for sharing this novel with me and thank you to Richard Bell for bringing these veterans stories to others.
JustReadingABook More than 1 year ago
What an amazing and awe inspiring book. The stories make you see different parts of the war through their own eyes. I was reminded each time I turned the page that this photo is of a person who I owe thanks to for his or her service. Humbling and touching. I am glad to have had a chance to read and be thankful for their service to our country. Funny stories, sad stories, moving stories and most of all-real stories about the real people who sacrificed for our country.