Monday, May 3, 2010

The Greatest Generation—Just Teenagers

One of my Dad's color slides dated 1945, aboard ship at, or near, the end of World War 2.

C O L L E C T I O N — My Dad took hundreds of color slides during World War 2. They are of his friends on ship, fellow young sailors, above deck and below, and various ports-of-call in Europe and the Middle East. I'll be working many of these into my art in my upcoming series. I've already used a couple of these great shots in pieces titled, What They Fought For, and Thinking of Home, both shown below.

In the delightful image above, two of my Dad's buddies are framed by a hatch on the deck of their ship. I'm not positive but I'm pretty sure this was a destroyer named the USS Goodrich. This is the Greatest Generation—as coined by Tom Brokaw's beautifully written book of the same name—just being the playful young men they were. So many of my Dad's photos show how young these sailors were, literally teenagers in most cases. My dad was 20 at the start of the war.

What They Fought For. 27 x 17 inches on a hardwood panel.

Thinking of Home. 15 x 17 inches on hardwood.


  1. Hello, I just went through all your entries and looked through your Flickr. Your work is so beautiful.


  2. Anthony-Thanks for you comment! I encountered some sort of error message when I tried to publish it here, but I definitely read it and i definitely appreciate it! Maybe it will show up sooner or later. I hope you check back. I try to post at least once a day. Thanks again!-casey