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patrickmccuephoto A salute to you all this evening from this fine gentleman. I got Chester back in his infantry jacket and he saluted the camera... Every Thursday I visit my 94 year old friend Chester Bishop, a World War Two veteran who served in the 94th Infantry, 376th Regiment as a rifleman in a machine gun team from Normandy, to the Battle of the Bulge, into the Moselle Triangle, the Rhineland and Occupation, and he tells me stories upon stories about his experience growing up, very small bits of fighting during World War Two (he suffers from PTSD, but is strong) and his life working on the railroad. He's become one of my best pals and favorite people to spend time with. For those of you curious to know more about him, visit my educational organization's website (theygaveitall.org) and read his profile. #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #worldwartwoveteran #worldwartwo #rifleman #infantry #europeantheater #chesterbishop #myfriend #myfriendChester #documentary #makeportraits #salute #iphonetography #patrickmccuephotography 2d

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patrickmccuephoto Flashback Friday a quick bit from my interview with World War Two B-25 Pilot Louis Breckenridge, who was stationed in Corsica with the 321st Bomb Group, 447th Squadron, flew 68 combat missions over the Brenner Pass in the Alps on the border of Italy and Austria where the Germans were transporting troops and supplies to their forces in Italy. Here he's talking about the immense amount of flak that he had to fly through on almost every one of his combat missions. #theygaveitall #worldwartwo #worldwartwoveteran #tellingstories #thegreatestgeneration #b25 #usarmyairforce #aviator #flyboy #sharinghistory #interview#hometownhero 1w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @warhistory thank you so much! Feel free to share! 1w
  •   vanburen14 Are you ever gonna put these together to buy? Or do you have that and I'm just stupid..... 1w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @vanburen14 I haven't gotten that far yet! Haha. I am working with my team to complete our first season of 5 veteran interviews and then we will begin interviewing for season two. We are going to launch them on our website hopefully within the next month. I'll be announcing that on here as well as on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/theygaveitall) I never expected a response like the one I'm receiving. It's extremely humbling 🏼 1w
  •   vanburen14 For real I LOVE old military history and stories, well really any military stuff. I really think this is a neat idea! Let me know if you ever need any help with anything graphic design wise! 1w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @vanburen14 I really appreciate that! I have a friend who does professional graphic design and motion graphics who has been volunteering his time, but if we ever need extra help I'll keep you in mind. What we may do is when we run our kickstarter campaign for season 2, we may say if you donate X-amount, you'll get digital HD versions of season 1's episodes 1w
  •   vanburen14 That's awesome! And could you shoot me his man? For inspiration and maybe some advice?! If not I understand! 1w
  •   the_ww2_album Truly remarkable! We'll never really appreciate what these guys went through but sharing it is enriching, and it makes me look up to these veterans even more. The greatest generation. 1w

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patrickmccuephoto If only I could have sat down to talk with this man. My Great Uncle Leo served in combat with the U.S. Marine Corps on Saipan, Tarawa and Okinawa where he was one of the only Marines to receive a battlefield commission. Leo died in his 50s when my mom was very young. In this photograph is a portrait of Great Uncle Leo and Great Aunt Maggie, an absolutely beautiful couple, Leo's service papers, some photographs one of his friends took on all three islands, his service .45 pistol, the holy bible his mother gave him that he carried in his front shirt pocket throughout the war, a few medals and a post card home. #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #family #greatuncle #usmarinecorps #marine #worldwartwo #worldwartwoveteran #restinpeace #pacifictheater #familywarcollection #sharinghistory #tellingstories #iphonetography #patrickmccuephotography 1w
  •   trishhoganmc Such a wonderful,funny,handsome and brave man!!! Wish I could of known him longer!!! Several people called them a true "Hollywood couple" 1w
  •   richcityz Wow!! Definitely an amazing story and I can guarantee an amazing man! Thanks for sharing!! - Semper Fi 1w
  •   michellepell Thanks Patrick! This is awesome... Wish I could have met my grandfather, I have heard nothing but great stories about him. I did hear they were like a "Hollywood couple" I'm often told, I'm a lot like Maggie, I'll take it! 1w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @richcityz yes sir! You're welcome! 1w
  •   whodatz44 This is awesome! 1w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @whodatz44 I knew you'd like it! 1w

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patrickmccuephoto Looking back to my time spent with B-17 waist gunner, Frank "Bud" Buschmeier. Frank flew 34 combat missions and on July 29, 1944 was shot down and barely survived being killed by a German civilian (who were extremely fanatic and almost always killed American fly boys that were shot down), luckily two elderly German soldiers armed with MP-40s took control of the situation. He was a prisoner of war until May, 1 1945 when he was liberated. Read a detailed account of the day he was shot down on his profile at www.theygaveitall.org - thanks #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #b17waistgunner #b17 #aviator #flyboy #usarmyairforce #worldwartwoveteran #worldwartwo #ww2 #prisonerofwar #europeantheater #documentary #tellingstories #hometownhero #cincinnati #nikon #nikonshooters #patrickmccuephotography 2w
  •   capturedslc Truly amazing great stuff 2w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @capturedslc thank you! 2w
  •   sarah_jean02 I love this! I have wanted for so long to spend time with WWII vets, but have yet to get a chance. I know time is running out, too. One question for you, while speaking with them, do you ask them questions? Do you ask them to tell their stories? How do you begin? 1w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @sarah_jean02 my advice is just do it! Find a veteran local and spend an hour a week visiting them. I promise you it will change their life forever. I prefer to start out by asking them to just tell me about their life from the beginning, before the war. Where they grew up, what they loved to do as a kid, how school was, where were they when they heard about Pearl Harbor? And then that usually allows them to flow right into their experience with the war. I like to let them do their own thing :) 1w
  •   sarah_jean02 I've applied to help out with Honor Flight, here in MN. I don't think the next flight is for quite some time though. I've seen a few gentlemen at various air shows, selling their books. I've wanted to approach them, but get nervous. 1w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @sarah_jean02 don't wait for that, go on your own :) don't be nervous they absolutely LOVE when the younger generation approaches them and if they are selling their books you have a really good chance they will be more open to talk about their experience :) 1w
  •   sarah_jean02 Thanks for your advice! I do appreciate it! 1w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @sarah_jean02 you're welcome! Now go make history! 1w

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patrickmccuephoto Not only did Herb want to put on his uniform and medals for me, but he also brought out his bomber jacket. He's a champ. Read more about Herb and his World War Two experience as a B-17 pilot on www.theygaveitall.org - thanks #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #worldwartwoveteran #worldwartwo #ww2 #b17pilot #aviator #usarmyairforce #hometownhero #cincinnati #documentary #tellingstories #makeportraits #nikon #nikonshooters #patrickmccuephotography @ww2showcase 2w

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patrickmccuephoto Herb Heilbrun holding a piece of flak shrapnel that came from one of the 89 holes blown through his B-17 Christmas Day 1944... On Christmas Day, 1944, Herb’s bomb group went back to Brux. “It was not one of the better days for the 301st,” said the official history. It was one of the worst days of Herb’s life. Half the bomber force never made it to Brux because of the weather. Herb was in the half that did. The weather was so thick and the radar so bad that the Pathfinder had to make three passes at the target before ordering “Bombs away.” That gave the flak barrage three chances at them. “The only bright note was that no airplane was lost,” the official history noted, “although flak caused major damage to one plane.” That was Herb’s plane. Shells exploding just outside the aircraft peppered the interior with white-hot shrapnel. The tail windows were shot out and a waist gunner was hit in the foot. Shrapnel struck the plane so many times that Herb saw clouds of dust rising from the floorboards. His B-17 was being beaten like a carpet on a clothesline. On the run to target, Herb reached down to adjust a switch on the cockpit wall, located a few inches from his knee. His hand found only empty air. There was a neatly punched hole where the switch had been. Through the hole, Herb could see the sky filling with filthy puffs of smoke from exploding flak shells. And yet Herb’s B-17 kept flying. Back at base his crew chief counted eighty-nine flak holes in the plane and presented Herb with a shrapnel souvenir. He still has it today #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #flak #shrapnel #b17pilot #aviator #flyboy #worldwartwo #worldwartwoveteran #tellingstories #documentary #herbheilbrun #hometownhero #cincinnati #nikon #nikonshooters #patrickmccuephotography 2w
  •   baredjarrow Truely incredible. 2w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @baredjarrow yes it is! 2w
  •   sewingtreble This story is so remarkable! I just met a man who lost his right arm in a B-17 during the war. It's an amazing providence that Mr Heilbrun landed that day without an injury! 2w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @sewingtreble yes it is!! And it's proved true again and again, surviving was pure luck and God's will. 2w
  •   talesofbenjamin Jesus! 2w
  •   dipslego I'm reading all your veteran stories in awe. Thank you so much for doing this. Unfortunately this generation won't be around for long and appreciate you keeping records and accompanying them. 2w

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patrickmccuephoto As a follow up to yesterday's time spent with World War Two B-17 Bomber Pilot Herb Heilbrun, here's a photo of he and I at the beginning of last month. I had flown in on the museum's B-25, fully dressed in World War Two Army Airforce gear all dating pre-1945 and he thought I looked like I had just walked out of his life memories 70 years ago. That was an amazing day #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #standingwithahero #herbheilbrun #aviator #flyboys #myfavoritekindofpeople #selfie #self #worldwartwo #worldwartwoveteran #ww2 2w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @johndfleck thanks John! That means a lot coming from you. I'm a volunteer at the warbird museum and I love the photos you've shot of their planes in flight. Very inspiring! Hopefully we cross paths someday 🏼 2w
  •   prahap OMG Patrick. You are just a little kid!!! Yay! 2w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @prahap haha a 28 year old kid! 2w
  •   prahap No 28 yr old here in Brookyn knows or cares about anything you do. 2w
  •   prahap But my neighbors are Civil War reenactors and all spent time in the Gulf War. 2w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @prahap not many 28 year olds anywhere care. And that's awesome about your neighbors!! 2w
  •   prahap True. You are a rare bird. 2w
  •   dhistoryguy That's fantastic!🏻 2d

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patrickmccuephoto Portrait of 94 year old World War Two B-17 Pilot Herb Heilbrun. Herb flew 35 combat missions over Europe. Christmas Day 1944, Herb flew a mission to bomb an oil refinery in Brux, Czechoslovakia, the largest one they had at the time. "After the bombing run I pulled up and I had 89 holes in my plane." The flak was so heavy that any way they flew they were hit. He still has a few pieces of the flak that hit them. You'll be able to read more about him tonight on www.theygaveitall.org once I have his profile built. #herbheilbrun #b17pilot #flyboy #aviator #pilot #armyairforces #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #portrait #makeportraits #hometownhero #nikon #nikonshooters #patrickmccuephotography 2w

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patrickmccuephoto Not only is Chester a World War Two combat veteran with 5 Battle Stars from his nightmarish experience fighting as a rifleman in a machine gun platoon in Europe, but he is also a veteran of the railroad and worked 17 years on the a White Water Valley Railroad and loves to tell stories about running the engine's steam and brakes as well as repairing the train. I could listen to this man talk for hours... And I do. #myfriendChester #worldwartwoveteran #railroadworker #cincinnati #documentary #thegreatestgeneration #theygaveitall #makeportraits #portrait #storytelling #hometownhero #nikon #nikonshooters #patrickmccuephotography 2w
  •   emilyseeks Do you ever audio record his stories? I'm so glad my father did that with my grandfather so we can have his voice always... Your friend Chester looks a sweet man. 2w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @emilyseeks yes I do! And he is! 2w
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  •   stevekouta Great photo!!!! 2w
  •   operationmeatball Haha. Yes. There's a fellow we know in San Antonio who dated Patti Page before she was known by that name. They went to school together and he said when she sang for school events, "she had a wonderful voice." 2w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @stevekouta thank you! 2w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @operationmeatball ah that's amazing!!! Chester talks about Doris Day (Cincinnati Native) all the time and even remembers which high school she went to! But he sure does love his cowboy music... Especially Gene Autry and Roy Rogers (another Cincinnati Native!) 2w
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  •   prahap It will be odd, when one of today's veterans is tracked down 50 yrs from now. And he will say "if you haven't listened to Whitney Houston you don't know what good music is..." 2w

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patrickmccuephoto 94 year old World War Two veteran Chester Bishop has become one of my best friends. I have visited him once a week since he told me a month ago that sometimes he sits and cries because he gets so lonely... that broke my heart and I decided that I'd visit him as much as possible. I shot this portrait of him today sitting on his front porch steps after hanging out and talking with him and listening to 1940s vinyl records for over two hours. #worldwartwoveteran #myfriend #favoriteperson #bestpal #thegreatestgeneration #portrait #makeportraits #nikon #nikonshooters #patrickmccuephotography 2w
  •   prahap Wow. 94. My dad was in the navy. He died At 89. 2w
  •   prahap Ok must sleep. 2w
  •   prahap Does Chester have any family? I'm sad for him now. 2w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @prahap I'm sure he'd love that! I'll tell him when I visit him on Thursday. He does have family and they visit often, but he still feels loneliness from the loss of his wife in the 1980s. 2w
  •   prahap Ok. Say hello to him. 2w
  •   worldtravelista1 @patrickmccuephoto Please say hi and thank you to Chester next time you see him!! what Division was he in? My Grandpa was in the 10th Mountain Division. 1w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @worldtravelista1 thanks for the kind words and I shall! He was in the 94th infantry division, 376th regiment and served in all 5 major European campaigns from Normandy to occupation 1w
  •   paigeu You are such a good person @patrickmccuephoto 2d

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patrickmccuephoto Longing for 1940s weekend at Union Terminal. Until then, here's a beautiful 1937 Buick Special. #1940s #1940sweekend #unionterminal #cincinnatiunionterminal #cincinnati #automotivephotography #1937 #buick #special #patrickmccuephotography 3w

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patrickmccuephoto 28 years ago I was born. Here's a photo from 1990 when I was three and the coolest kid on the street. I loved that baseball cap and I still have it! 3w

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patrickmccuephoto Looking back to my time with World War Two veteran Herb Humphries. Herb was a Staff Sergeant and Army Medic in the 26th Signal Construction Brigade, Medical Detachment. He landed in Normandy on DDAY + 14 and remembers being quickly engaged with the Germans in the Normandy countryside. "I was running across all of these open fields and bullets were flying overhead, but I was never hit. I was picking up wounded and dead army guys, sticking them with shots and bandaging up their bullet wounds." He remembers the fighting was grim and he wondered why the hell he was even in the Army. "I was drafted, I didn't volunteer." #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #armymedic #worldwartwoveteran #worldwartwo #livingveteran #portrait #makeportraits #nikon #nikonshooters #patrickmccuephotography 3w

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patrickmccuephoto Last week when we were at the National World War Two Museum in New Orleans Louisiana, we were blessed to meet WWII Veteran Tommy Godchaux. Tommy was born in 1924 in New Orleans to his Father Paul and Mother Helena. He attended grammar school and then high school at Isadore Newman High School on Jefferson Ave. He graduated in 1942 and enlisted in the Army Enlisted Reserve Corps. He was sent to college, attended for one semester and in February of 1943 he was called up to training. He trained at Fort Meade in Maryland and was processed into the Army as a mechanic/engineer. By the time he made it to the Pacific Theater, the battle of Okinawa had already been successfully completed. As a part of the 1475th Engineering Maintenance Group stationed on Okinawa, he was tasked at maintaining heavy equipment, diesel tractors, cranes, jeeps, etc, for the coming invasion of Japan. When the bombs were dropped, bringing an end to the war, Tommy was stationed in both Japan and Korea. #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #engineers #usarmyengineers #worldwartwo #worldwartwoveteran #portrait #portraiture #neworleans #nationalworldwar2museum #patrickmccuephotography 3w

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