Last fall I had the opportunity to contribute photographically to the Wings of Valor book project. It is an homage to the still-living men who downed at least five enemy aircraft during World War II…otherwise known as “aces.” My assignment was to create portraits of two men in Georgia and South Carolina… Commander Leroy Robinson, and Commander Robert Maxwell.
Commander Robinson was the day’s first subject, and we photographed him in Tignall, Georgia. He still lives in a farm house that was built shortly before the Civil War…yes that Civil War. In failing health he nonetheless bravely rose to the challenge of being photographed. His son mentioned that since he was an airline Captain for so long, “he is used to having his way,” so we complied with his unspoken request to be photographed with his memorabilia…as if we would have done it any other way! A true sport, I wish we could have stayed longer to hear more of his story.