Souvenirs of War: Purple Hearts, Prosthetics and Phantom Pains

November 9, 2010

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An amazing body of work showing the depth and quality of our photographers around the world who risk their lives every day to bring the reality of war to all of us. Larry & Jason congrats on a project that shows our multimedia star power. lr

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I was ashamed to have served in Viet Nam until the day I heard my 10 year old son brag to a play mate “My dad was in Viet Nam, he’s a hero” I may not be a hero to others but that does not matter now because what was said about me 22 years ago makes me proud to have worn a uniform and tried to win a war.

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Your son nailed it. You are a hero, and you should have been treated with the dignity and respect you deserved when you came back home from that awful place. Thank you for your service.

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i work for TR and features like this one make me proud to work for this company.

my grandfather was in patton’s army & he lost both of his legs in France in September of 1944. double amputees rarely survived in WWII, but two men in my grandfather’s troop put their tourniquets on his legs and saved his life. we never got to thank these men because they gave the ultimate sacrifice during the battle of the bulge. my grandmother was engaged to my grandfather when he went to war and she stuck by him after the loss of his limbs. they got married a few weeks after my grandpa received his wooden legs and my dad was a honeymoon baby.

the army actually flew all my grandpas friends from the amputee hospital to the wedding in worchester, ma and i’ve been told that everyone cried the whole ceremony b/c of all the young men that attended with missing limbs. my grandparents wedding party photos are amazing and inspiring.

thank you to all vets. you are true heroes. and thank you to my grandparents, my heroes.

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This project took a great deal of talent, time, and thought–a great job. Thank you Brack1

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Very moving piece… The photo of the set of soldiers’ crosses for what I presume to have been a memorial for a helicopter crash hit me pretty hard. I’ve lost good friends in this “war on terror”… and those are memories I’ll never be able to relinquish. Knowing that I heard their last words on the radio before they were shot down… hearing their names called out during the roll call at the memorial service… going through every human emotion in the span of just a few minutes… seeing grown men break down and cry who are a hundred times stronger in body and spirit than me. I’ll always carry that with me… But we serve our country full knowing that there are risks involved. Every soldier has a blank check filled out to the United States of America valued up to and including their life. Everyone has a different reason for joining, but once joining they’re all in the same boat which is unfortunately captained by not only our own leadership but the actions of the rest of the world…

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So sad — for you, and even to this day for us. The wounds, as we know — they are not always visible. They’re hidden deep within the psyche….helping a fellow soldier to safety, even though when that soldier went down that path he was directly disobeying orders – ONE SINGLE EVENT THAT WAS SO TRAUMATIC – SAVING HIM- LIVED ON IN HIS HEAD FOREVER…now, it will live in the heads of his wife and stepson. Thank God for that stepson; at 15 years old, he took on a psychotic PTSD Vietnam Veteran stepfather, whom he dearly loved, having lost his father at four. He had to — he was in the act of stabbing his mother to death in their kitchen. There are heroes everywhere — Soldiers, wives, children…..we never know when we’ll be called on. And all because ONE MAN DISOBEYED THIS SOLDIER’S ORDERS, LEADING HIM AND A “GREEN” SOLDIER TO RUSH THE PATH, THROWING GRENADES FROM HELMETS TO REACH THE PARALYZED

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