Navy and Marine Shore Patrolmen standing duty next to a large advertisement poster at a railway station near US Naval Operations Base, checking leave passes and looking for those who might be AWOL. Photograph by David E. Scherman. Londonderry, United Kingdom, 1942.
This is my uncle, Ramon Rivera. He served two tours in Iraq. After the first he came back with cancer but they sent him on the second tour a while later. He has been back for a while now but unfortunately is in the hospital. The cancer is in remission but he is extremely sick and doctors don’t know what is wrong with him. I’m asking everyone to just take a second and pray for him or at least keep him in your thoughts and hearts, that he get better and God takes care of him. I love him dearly and am so proud of what he has done for our country.
“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” - Cynthia Ozick
The photographer Platon took pictures of hundreds of men and women who volunteered to serve in the military and were sent to Iraq or Afghanistan. He followed them on their journey through training and deployment, after demobilization and in hospitals, to compile a portrait of the dedication of the armed services today.