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Mom, Dad and Brian St. John 2007

Mom, Dad and Brian St. John 2007

“Photographer W. Eugene Smith’s picture of a Marine drinking from his canteen during 1944′s Battle of Saipan is as iconic a war picture as any ever made. In fact, when the U.S. Postal Service released a “Masters of American Photography” series of commemorative stamps in 2002, Smith was included — and this image was chosen as representative of his body of work.”

Eugene Smith's picture of a Marine drinking from a canteen during Battle of Saipan. Postal Service released a Masters of American Photography series of commemorative stamps in 2002 this image was chosen as representative of his body of work.

"coal miner... haunting..." was the original comment with this... This Ohio was taken in 1944 yet how is it haunting? This man still represents our world today.. It isn't haunting, it's real.

A close up portrait of a coal miner in Omar, West Virginia, by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic in Photography - Black & White

American soldiers comfort a little girl and her puppy after the invasion of Normandy. Colleville-sur-Mer, 1944.

MURICAN' soldiers comfort a little girl and her puppy after the invasion of Normandy. Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 1944

American soldiers comfort a little girl and her puppy after the invasion of Normandy. Colleville-sur-Mer, Note the look on the girls face and the concern of the GI's

1943 Cost of Living - A lot has changed since I was born.

1943 Cost of Living Dad gone to WWII! We lived on food from paternal grandparents farm, traded food for shoe rations to Aunt

Glenn Miller (1904-1944) was an American jazz musician.

Glenn Miller ~ one of the famous Big Band Jazz musicians. He was more so apart of the Early stages of Big Band Jazz. Vibrato was big in this era, known as the original autotune! Big band started around the

Special photo ....Italian girl kisses a soldier.  "War kisses during WWII were the social norms of the time."

So adorable-war kisses during WWII. Here a soldier pauses in the mud of Italy to accept a kiss from a local child as his buddies and dog look on in the background. Sending this home to your sweetheart and mom probably earned you big points…

US Army troops on their way to Normandy, 6 June 1944

US Army troops on their way to Normandy, 6 June 1944 * my cousin Jack died there, he was 18 - I have his coffin flag.

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