patrickmccuephoto In light of today's 70th Anniversary of the Japanese surrender, My lovely girlfriend @pixikate photographed me with a Chicago Tribune newspaper dated September 2, 1945 stating "Surrender Signed!" Union Terminal is perfect because people from Chicago were passing through Cincinnati Union Terminal train station every day! #japanesesurrender #chicagotribune #chicagonewspaper #unionterminal #cincinnatiunionterminal #trainstation #1940s #1940severyday #selfie 20h

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patrickmccuephoto I was going to wait until lunch, but I can't hold the exciting news in any longer. I'm extremely proud to say that EPISODE 1 of They Gave It All's Veteran's Video Series is now LIVE*
Head over to www.theygaveitall.org/episodes to watch and let me know what you all think. Thanks to @jamesmatic and @gmdamico for all of the hard work in this and thank you all so much for the continued support. #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #worldwartwoveterans #worldwartwo
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patrickmccuephoto Rarely do I post work that isn't mine, but I see this as a necessary honor to give. Today in history. Today is an incredible day, but unfortunately one of the last big anniversaries that we will be able to celebrate with a significant amount of World War Two veterans still with us... 70 years ago the signing of the Instrument of Surrender took place on behalf of Japanese Imperial General Headquarters, on board the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945.
#thegreatestgeneration #worldwartwo #finallyover #70thAnniversary #theygaveitall #japanesesurrender
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patrickmccuephoto Head to Facebook.com/theygaveitall and give it a like/follow! Tomorrow is a day @jamesmatic @gmdamico and myself have been working hard to make happen for almost 5 months now. We will finally be premiering Episode One of our veterans series of video interviews featuring B-25 Pilot Louis Breckenridge, who flew an incredible 68 combat missions in the ETO. It's been a huge learning experience and all I can say is that I'm so proud to be working with these two fellas and with the greatest generation... Our World War Two veterans. The goal with these interviews is to give you not only an experience of words, which I've been sharing with you all through my transcribed interviews, but a modern and fresh visual approach. Get ready! Oh and this is our brand new song titled "Sacrifices" that was composed by Jack McCarthy exclusively for my project. It's pretty amazing and gives me goosebumps. The Episodes will be available for viewing on our YouTube account "TheyGaveItAllOfficial" on our Facebook Facebook.com/TheyGaveItAll and our website www.theygaveitall.org #theygaveitall #worldwartwoveterans #tellingstories #videoepisodes #premiering #thegreatestgeneration 2d

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patrickmccuephoto Asa Humston was born on July 26, 1924 in Ohio. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted at the age of 17 and became an Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class in the US Navy. After basic training in the states he was sent to the Pacific as part of Landing Craft Repair Unit #1, a support unit. While overseas he saw combat multiple times in the Solomon Island Campaign, a campaign that lasted from 1942-1945. He was still overseas in 1944 when he wrote to a family member saying that his duty was tiresome and he hoped the war would not last much longer so all of the boys could return to their mothers, wives and sweethearts. When he returned to the states he was then stationed in San Francisco. On August 15, 1945 when the news of the Japanese surrender reached stateside, the city went crazy and everyone was out in the streets partying. “The officers came into the cafeteria where I was eating and told us the Japanese had surrendered. We were then given billy clubs and ordered to go out into the streets to help keep the civilians under control while they were celebrating the news of the surrender.” When he was finally given the orders to head home almost a week later, he said “I had a year and a half daughter that I couldn’t wait to get home to see. That’s all I could think of.” Asa had spent twenty three months overseas. He said the hardest thing about coming home was that there weren’t any jobs available, the jobs were scarce, 20 million service men and women were flooding back into the workforce and trying to return to a state of normalcy. He and his wife are still enjoying the company of each other and have been married for 72 years.
#theygaveitall #worldwartwoveteran #worldwartwo #ww2 #thegreatestgeneration #thepacific #navy #USNavy #tellingstories #sharinghistory #documentary #gentleman #hometownhero #livingveteran #portrait #portraiture #patrickmccuephotography
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patrickmccuephoto Today I had the pleasure of meeting Richard Tracy, a 96 year old World War Two veteran who served in the US Marine Corps. Dick was born in 1919 and entered the United States Marine Corps in 1940, from Franklin, Ohio. After completion of rigorous “Boot Camp” training, Dick was assigned as a mortar crewman in the 5th Marines 1st Marine Brigade at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and New River, North Carolina. The Brigade formed into the 1st Marine Division and Dick was assigned to the Mortar Platoon, H and G Companies, 5th Marines. In 1942 he and his comrades were deployed to the Pacific Theater of Operations, including assignment to New Zealand. He participated in landings at Peleliu, New Georgia and New Britain and also served on Guadalcanal. Dick served under Lou Diamond, a legend in the WWII Marine Corps, known for leadership and mortar skills. During his service in the Marine Corps he suffered shrapnel wounds and then a broken leg at Peleliu, which put him in the hospital and eventually back to the US. It was a pleasure meeting him today at the Germantown Museum in Germantown, Ohio. #theygaveitall #worldwartwoveteran #worldwartwo #ww2 #thegreatestgeneration #marines #usmc #unitedstatesmarinecorps #thepacific #pacifictheater #ohioveteran #germantownmuseum #portrait #portraiture #makeportraits #nikon #nikonshooters #patrickmccuephotography 5d

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patrickmccuephoto Thinking about starting my World War Two Reenactor series back up. What do you all think? Reenactor: @hayat_assifa7 #worldwartworeenactor #reenactorseries #ww2 #portraiture #makeportraits #patrickmccuephotography 1w

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patrickmccuephoto So stoked on my new @tapanddye genuine handmade leather strap for my restored 1936 Contax II Rangefinder. Thanks Justin! I also have my Robert Capa book behind it. Capa shot photography during DDAY and throughout World War Two with the same year/model rangefinder and has been my favorite photographer since I was a little kid. #filmisnotdead #contax #contaxII #rangefinder #1936 #robertcapa #worldwartwo #favoritephotographer #patrickmccuephotography 1w

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patrickmccuephoto Norb Holtgrewe was in the 1067th Engineer Battalion's Medical Detachment as an Army Medic stationed in Kyoto Japan after the end of World War Two. His twin brother had joined the Navy a year and a half earlier and saw combat, but Norb said he is very thankful he didn't have to serve in combat, the casualty rate for a combat medic in the Pacific was 75%. He was in charge of giving shots and medicine to Army personnel. "When I was in Japan I did have one interesting experience. I was walking in the city of Kyoto and a Japanese civilian poked me in the back while I was walking and I turned to my left and he said Kamikaze. He pointed in front of me at a man that was walking right towards me. I was scared, but we passed right by eachother without looking at each other. He may have looked at me, but I didn't look at him. It was quite interesting, but when you're 19 years old, you don't even think about the chance of being killed. But we were working hard to get along with the Japanese and this was proof that it was working, the civilian was looking out for me."
#theygaveitall #worldwartwo #worldwartwoveteran #japan #thegreatestgeneration #armymedic #army #sharinghistory #documentary #livingveteran #tellingstories #makeportraits #portraiture #nikon #patrickmccuephotography
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  •   historyguya26 Wow that's a great story 2w
  •   sklar_m Do you do any stories of axis soldiers? 2w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @sklar_m if I ever get the chance to meet one I would!! There was actually one living here in Cincinnati, but he passed away in 2007. His name was Siegfred Knappe and he wrote the book Soldat, about his experience in the German Army from 1936-1949. He was very against nazism as well, which would have made it an absolute honor to meet him. He was just fighting because he was expected to. I highly recommend his book 2w
  •   kitkatgrace Thank you so much for your service, Norb! I have so badly been wanting to sit down with a local WWII veteran and hear all his stories. I'm a writer and a lover of all things '40s... To sit down and talk to one of these heroes is an absolute dream of mine. As soon as I finish my current novel, my next will based in the Pacific during the war. Thank you for sharing photos and stories like this... It is very much an inspiration to me! 2w
  •   patrickmccuephoto @kitkatgrace please do! The more of us working hard to save the incredible stories of our WWII veterans the better. They are fading fast. 2w

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patrickmccuephoto World War Two P-51 Pilot Richard Button with a 1940 Cadillac in front of the Tri-State Warbird Museum this morning! Dick flew 70 reconnaissance missions out of Paris over the German lines in Europe during the later part of the war. #theygaveitall #thegreatestgeneration #ww2 #worldwartwo #worldwartwoveteran #hometownhero #cincinnatihero #cincinnati #portrait #warbirds #1940 #cadillac #classy #gentleman #flyboy #aviator #nikon #nikonshooters #patrickmccuephotography 2w

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patrickmccuephoto Oh... My lovely lady sure is beautiful. Not to mention she pulls off the fashion of the 1940s better than any female I know! #loveofmylife #1940sweekend #1940s #nostalgia #cincinnatimuseumcenter #unionterminal #trainstation #cincinnati #mylady #iphonetography #vintagecincy #patrickmccuephotography 2w

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