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patrickmccuephoto My good pal Chester, whom I visit every Thursday evening, turns 95 years old on Tuesday! He loved this print of a portrait I took of him last July. It was such an honor that his family invited me to his surprise birthday party today! He was so surprised and happy to see me there. They told me that he calls me his best friend :) #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #worldwartwo #worldwartwoveteran #ww2 #95thbirthday #95 #makeportraits #sharinghistory #mypal #bestfriends #patrickmccuephotography 3d

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patrickmccuephoto Front and center is my Great Grandfather Daniel McCue, who served in the United States Army in the late 1920s. This is a photo from training with the men of his squad in the background. Great Grandpa Daniel passed away well before I was born, but I carry his name as my middle name. I treasure this photograph because it looks like it's right out of an old Hollywood film. I'm so happy that I have the original printed copy! @savefamilyphotos #greatgrandpa #mccue #mccuelegacy #mccuefamily #army #vintage #familyphotography #savefamilyphotos 2w

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patrickmccuephoto iPhone Portrait of me thanks to @katierosiee in Over the Rhine, back in time. Edit by me. #self #selfie #nostalgia #iphonetography #backintime #1940s #1940sfashion #vsco #vscocam #stetson 2w

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patrickmccuephoto Frederick Muller was an Army Lieutenant in Patton’s 3rd Army. He had replaced a platoon leader around halfway through the Allied campaign in France and had combat experience on countless patrols through the French countryside, attacks on small towns, the Battle of the Bulge, crossing of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers and fought through cities in Germany like Frankfurt finally ending up in Czechoslovakia. He said the experiences he had throughout the war are pretty muddled together since so much happened, but he did share a few emotional experiences, one being his platoon’s last battle. Towards the end of the war they turned south towards Czechoslovakia. The Germans were retreating in that direction and they were being squeezed in on both sides. "We were supposed to make our way in and occupy it before the Russians could. My platoon had our last battle in a town next to a small stream on the border. At that time, the Germans we were facing had some 40mm anti-aircraft weapons and they were using them on our ground forces. We were on the front edge of this town and I had positioned my men in the basements for cover and we were firing out of the busted out windows. We were taking some serious fire from the German machine guns and 40mm guns. It was very tough fighting. And then one of those 40mm rounds came in through one of the windows and went right through three of my men… They had all been standing in a row. Wham. Those three men were the last of our casualties. Just a few more days later the Germans surrendered. Just a few more days and those boys would have gotten to go home to their families. *pauses* One of them was Mahaffey. He had 7 kids… It is still so hard to think about to this day." His complete story will be live later this evening on facebook.com/theygaveitall and theygaveitall.org. #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #worldwartwoveteran #worldwartwo #ww2 #ww2veteransproject #sharinghistory #tellingstories #makeportraits #hometownhero #patrickmccuephotography 2w

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patrickmccuephoto Petty Officer 3rd Class James G. McCarthy was born February 18, 1924 in Northside, a neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. After training at Great Lakes Naval base, he was shipped to California and was put aboard the USS Holland, a sub tending ship. They sailed to Pearl Harbor where they trained at their battle stations, he was a 40mm anti-aircraft gunner. Our job, whenever one of these submarine got into distress, they would radio back and we’d have to go out to their location and refuel them, rearm them with torpedoes, food, medicine and we even had relief crews. Some of those crew members had been on the subs for many many months and if they were getting a little bit goofy, they would have to be replaced. We literally just did a house cleaning job on the submarines and made sure they were sea worthy. When our job was finished, they’d go back out to sea and we would go back to Pearl Harbor. As we left Pearl Harbor to go out to these submarines, we had a destroyer escort called the USS Litchfield and he would patrol the borders to make sure that there were no Japanese submarines lurking around that wanted to sink us because at that time we were the only sub tender out there and the Japanese reported on us a couple of times, but never sank us. The Litchfield did a fantastic job protecting us, they’d throw their depth charges over and you could see the great big plumes of water go up. They would do that if they ever thought they detected Jap submarines close by. So we were well protected. We stayed in Pearl for many months doing that type of job and as the war progressed we then went up to Midway in ’43 and established a submarines base there. Following that we joined a convoy and went all the way over to the Mariana’s in ’44 where we joined the invasion of the Mariana Islands. During the invasion of Saipan and Tinian, we were sitting off shore and watched the Marines fight all the way across the island. The Japanese were on one side and the Marines were on the other. You could see the Marines just pouring in. It was just like you were watching a movie. His story will be on theygaveitall.org tonight #theygaveitall #worldwartwoveteran #sharinghistory 3w
  •   patrickmccuephoto A small extension of the caption "He sold newspapers for the Cincinnati Times Star at Knowlton’s Corner in front of a Pool Hall to help his family buy food and pay rent. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, he and a few buddies had been in that same pool hall playing pool when the bar tender, Whimpy Cronin, came and said “Hey! I want you guys to come and listen to the radio!” We said no, we don’t want to listen to the radio, we’re shooting pool! Get outta here! He said “No, I’ve been up there listening to this thing for 10 to 15 minutes and they’ve been saying the same thing over and over again.” We said yeah? Well go back up and listen to it some more you know and come back and tell us what they are sayin. Then he said “I’m telling you guys, come up here right now! They’re talking about some Japanese aircraft bombing Pearl Harbor.” Well that got everybody’s attention. So we went up and listened to the radio and it was authentic and then we knew he wasn’t kidding." 3w
  •   j.a.moody Love these. Amazing stories! 3w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @j.a.moody I'm glad to hear that! 3w
  •   j_russell_powers I really appreciate your stories @patrickmccuephoto . I went and visited my 96 year old ww2 veteran friend today. A Purple Heart and two oak leaves from the North African, Italian campaign. Our visits are something special that a lot of people will never understand. Keep up the good work! 3w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @j_russell_powers I'm glad to hear that!! And that's the truth!! Keep it up on your end as well!! 3w
  •   caseyadamyoung Loving your collection 3d
  •   patrickmccuephoto @caseyadamyoung thanks man! Glad to hear that! 3d

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patrickmccuephoto Today I interviewed a World War Two veteran by the name of Frederick Muller. Frederick's father, Maximilian, served with the German Army during World War One. Here are their service portraits together, Father and Son, two different World Wars, two different sides. #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #twoworldwars #fatherandson #worldwartwo #worldwartwoveteran #worldwarone #sharinghistory #tellingstories #nikon #patrickmccuephotography 3w

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patrickmccuephoto This will forever be my favorite portrait I've taken. My pal Chester Bishop experienced frontline combat as an infantryman with the 94th Infantry Division during World War Two in Normandy, The Ardenne, Hurtgen Forest, and crossing the Moselle and Rhine Rivers. He suffers from PTSD from seeing friends hit by German bullets, artillery and a few froze to death. "Don't sit under that apple tree with anyone else but me til I come marching home... So many of those boys never came marching home and it makes me want to cry just thinking about it." From the very few stories he has told me, he went through absolute hell. He sings this every time he begins telling me small bits of his experience... "Gonna lay down my burden
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
I ain't gonna study war no more
study war no more
ain't gonna study war no more." You can read more of his experience on my website www.theygaveitall.org
#theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #mypal #worldwartwoveteran #worldwartwo #ww2 #ww2veteransproject #tellingstories #sharinghistory #makeportraits #portrait #nikon #patrickmccuephotography #vsco #vscocam
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  •   fouckhest Corvair? My grandfather worked on those! 🏻 1mon
  •   fouckhest Or is it Corsair? 1mon
  •   patrickmccuephoto @fouckhest no no this is a T-6 Texan. Google Corsair, the first noticeable difference will be how the wings are designed 🏼 that's awesome about your grandpa though!! 1mon
  •   fouckhest Good call on the wings, this one doesn't have the prominent change in angle like the corsair...yeah he was a mechanic on those planes....I have loved your ww2 coverage because of that 1mon

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patrickmccuephoto Starting off 2016 with some loops and barrel rolls in the museum's T-6 Texan with Paul at the controls 🏼 what a blast! #2016 #letsdothis #bestyearyet #loopsandbarrelrolls #t6 #texan #trainer #worldwartwo #ww2plane #adventure #intothewildblueyonder 1mon

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patrickmccuephoto This is P-51 Pilot Richard Button who flew 70 reconnaissance missions out of Paris over German lines in Europe during the later part of the war. His photos would assist in mapping out the German defensive positions and in turn help the Allied push towards victory. I already have 5 interviews lined up for 2016 and I can't wait to see that list grow endlessly. Thank you all for your support in 2015 with this new journey. #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #worldwartwo #ww2 #worldwartwoveteran #ww2veteransproject #p51 #p51pilot #sharinghistory #tellingstories #makeportraits #nikon #patrickmccuephotography 1mon

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patrickmccuephoto 2015 was an absolute blessing. I took a break from my busy freelance schedule to focus on a very important mission, helping to preserve the incredible stories of our World War Two veterans. When I began this journey I had no idea it would turn into what it did. This year I interviewed over 20 veterans who served here at home, in Europe and in the Pacific and was honored to meet well known veterans like Lt. Colonel Dick Cole, who flew co-pilot with Jimmy Doolittle on the Doolittle Raid and Ted Paluch, a survivor of the Malmedy Massacre and who is sadly no longer with us. I met medics who saw combat in North Africa, Italy and Normandy. I heard terrifying stories of what it was like tens of thousands of feet above the ground avoiding flak and enemy fighters, being shot down and 9 months as a German POW and what it was like to be sitting in a frozen foxhole in the Ardenne wrapped up in the issued wool blanket praying an artillery round didn't choose you as its target. I was invited to the 100th Bomb Group's reunion in New Orleans at the National World War Two Museum and befriended two veterans who I have now been visiting weekly for over 7 months. The stories, the emotions, the friendships and the happiness I have shared with friends 60+ years older than me is something I treasure and will be able to carry on for the rest of my life and tell my children and grandchildren about. The director of oral history at THE West Point Academy recently contacted me and said they loved the work I was doing and want to collaborate over the next few years. I hope 2016 brings many many more of these World War Two veteran friendships. And as always, thank you all for your interest and support. Everyone needs to know about these incredible stories. Because... you know, They Gave It All. #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #worldwartwo #worldwartwoveterans #worldwartwoveteran #ww2veteransproject #patrickmccuephotography 1mon
  •   kjreusser Absolutely agree- it takes everyone to help! 1mon
  •   leonard1111 Your account is really fantastic ! 🏻Thank you for all the work that you do to keep the memory of these heroes ! Bravo 1mon
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  •   hensonjade Your page is incredible. I love it! The photos of our veterans holding photos of their younger selves is so touching. 4w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @hensonjade thank you so much! I already have 5 interviews set up for this year. Two this weekend. You can read more of these stories and see some video interviews I've done on Facebook.com/theygaveitall and theygaveitall.org 4w
  •   hensonjade @patrickmccuephoto you're very welcome! I've always loved WWII history and the stories of our soldiers! My grandfather left many stories behind before he passed and luckily blessed us with hundreds of photos ️ your page is a wonderful tribute. If my grandfather were alive to see it today he would be honored. 4w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @hensonjade that is definitely a blessing! And it would be a blessing to know him 4w

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patrickmccuephoto My friend Charles Stix at attention saluting next to the bench that was built in his honor at the veterans memorial in Indian Hill! Charlie Stix was born March 6, 1925 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in Feb. 1943 at age 17, but had to wait until high school graduation to begin training. He later fought on Peleliu and Okinawa. "Well we were in that position until we were finally told to go to Umurbrogol, which was the mountain behind us, and that’s where the Japs had all of their emplacements. We were to act as lookouts and to prevent the Japs from further infiltrating our positions. When I got up there with the other two guys in my machine gun team I vowed to do things to keep myself alive and that was to wear my helmet at all times, never look over to see what was on the other side and last but not least never volunteer for anything... So a couple days later we were on the top of this hill and somebody below us says they found a Japanese cave. I wasn’t in any hurry to head down and see the Japanese cave, but one of the guys on the machine gun with me, he had no helmet, no shirt on, he had a .45 strapped to his waist… He ran down the hill, ran up to the entrance of the cave and a sniper shot him right through the forehead. So we came down from our MG nest and he was staggering around and said “I’m okay guys, nothings happened to me.” And bam just like that he falls down right at our feet, dead. The other man who was on the MG with us, later on while we were on the ship before landing at Okinawa, got a Dear John letter and put an M1 in his mouth on deck and killed himself. So I was the only survivor from that 3 man machine gun situation."
I will be posting his entire story on our website theygaveitall.org later this week.
Thank you. #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #usmc #usmarinecorps #worldwartwoveteran #ww2veteransproject #nikon #patrickmccuephotography
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  •   kjreusser Cool story! 1mon
  •   couriertribunephotog So many amazing stories and so few left to tell them. 1mon
  •   kevinschmittyay Wow. Really is a generation that needs to be known about. The things they had to go through stuns me. Look at my recent post. My grandpa was also a usmc vet in the battle of saipan. I can only imagine what these men went through. 3d
  •   patrickmccuephoto @kevinschmittyay it's the truth 3d

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  •   mandyjoey Favourite couple! 2mon
  •   kitkatgrace You guys are so cute. ️ I only hope my future boyfriend doesn't mind wearing fedoras and visiting WWII museums and Art Deco buildings with me. 2mon
  •   seadoo2006 I'm with @kitkatgrace ... Where are these women? Pat, still loving all the photo work you do. Glad everything is going well for you in our post-Bobcat days. 2mon
  •   patrickmccuephoto @seadoo2006 they are a super rarity! I got really really lucky. They are out there though. And thanks. Same to you dude 2mon
  •   elissagram So pretty! 1mon
  •   nat_sadler Through a few pictures, I see this sweet, old-fashioned love story! How lovely! Good girls, and good men, ARE a rarity! I have a great guy, but this is rather unusually sweet to see! So....just thought I'd mention it. I think finding a sweet girl definitely means you have to be a sweet man, and vice versa, treating them like priceless treasures you take care of rather than something disposable. 4d
  •   patrickmccuephoto @nat_sadler thank you for the kind words :) 4d

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patrickmccuephoto 98 year old World War Two veteran Carl Burger shared his dog tags with me. His hands have seen so much suffering and saved so many lives. He was awarded the bronze star for leading his medical detachment across the Volturno Rover in Italy across a pontoon bridge the engineers constructed under German fire and brought 58 wounded GI's back to safety. He also led the engineers across the mine field as they cleared a path to evacuate the wounded. #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #realhero #tellingstories #sharinghistory #worldwartwo #worldwartwoveteran #ww2 #italy #patrickmccuephotography 2mon

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patrickmccuephoto During World War Two, this flag flew over a building that still stands to this day here in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was also the building that my WWII pal Chester Bishop worked in for 28 years. The flag is kept at his farm. It's amazing to see a 48 star flag in such great condition #worldwartwoveteran #48stars #americanflag #ww2 #tellingstories #sharinghistory #makeportraits #documentary #vsco #vscocam #patrickmccuephotography 2mon

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patrickmccuephoto My 94 year old World War Two pal Chester Bishop on his 1948 tractor at the farm his family has owned in Kentucky since 1935. #worldwartwoveteran #thegreatestgeneration #farmboy #kentucky #portrait #makeportraits #sharinghistory #tellingstories #patrickmccuephotography 2mon
  •   johndfleck Fantastic. It comes so naturally. 2mon
  •   patrickmccuephoto @johndfleck thank you! And yessir! That's also his hat from when he was a little boy in the 1920s 2mon
  •   johndfleck That man is consistent and steady throughout his life. Probably driven the same car for 40 years. 2mon

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