Military Photos from the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Fowler gives water to King, his military working dog, during a clearing operation in the village of Tammuz, Iraq, March 2, 2009. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Walter)

Here is the Military Dog Picture of the Week provided by Kevin Hanrahan’s blog. His delightful and touching pictures could not come at a better time with the realization of new damaging photos of U.S. paratroopers posing with the dead bodies of insurgents in Afghanistan.

With the proliferation and ease of digital media, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will be the most photographed.

Some of the most striking photos shared with me are in a book by former Army surgeon Tim Floyd.

The Sept. 11 attacks inspired the Florida native and middle-aged surgeon to join the Army Reserves. He ended up on the front-lines at the beginning of the Iraq War.

Floyd wrote and published his book because he feels not enough of the "triumphs" are documented, such as the medical care provided to these Iraqi children.

Floyd chronicled his experiences in Iraq in his book: “Aid and Comfort to the Enemy – A Surgeon’s View of the Iraq War.” He published all his photos in sepia saying that was really the only color he saw in the arid country.

But what is memorable about Floyd’s photos, many are of the Iraqi families that were helped by his surgical team.

Fifty years from now, it will be interesting to see which photographs become the iconic symbols of the wars. Will it be the scandalous pictures taken in the Abu Ghraib prison or photos of Afghan and Iraqi children interacting with U.S. troops?

The Library of Congress Veterans History Project is helping chronicle the wars with its project: “Military Photographers: Framing the Shot.”

“Framing the Shot” presents the accounts of 15 veterans who photographed the defining conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries. These stories are among the 11,000 digitized collections of the Veterans History Project found at www.loc.gov/vets/.

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2 Responses

  1. Buddies, your live in not easy and your skill and resilience are hardly prouved on war’s theatre. This has not constitute limitations to your humanity gest towards people, specially those with problems. There should may be, also, mistakes, but this is common also on civil society. PTSD is not a stigma, but this not signify that this health problem display is negative effects and that a soldiers is not a man like others and he must be an ironman and no other.
    I solidarize with you, buddies, i understand all your situation, that i condivide as mine. Claudio alpaca

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