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A True American Hero

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


This morning Anna and I got up and headed to the Roselawn Cemetery here in Decatur, AL for the Memorial Day remembrance service. I finally had the opportunity to make a portrait of someone who is truly one of my heroes. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time.

In January of 1940 an eighteen-year-old John Burnett joined the National Guard Reserves and 9 months later was mobilized in the United States Army's 30th Infantry Division. In June of 1943 he transferred to the 2nd Ranger Battalion. On June 6th, 1944 at France's Pointe du Hoc he was part of the D-Day invasion. The very next day while working a U.S. reconnaissance outpost his group came under attack and Mr. Burnett was wounded and taken prisoner by the Germans. They moved him frequently and refused to treat his wounds. At one of his stops he was being guarded by a German soldier who decided to go to sleep. In Mr. Burnett's words, "He took a nap and he never woke up". The German had underestimated a wounded American soldier. Two members of the French underground saw his escape and helped him return to American lines. He was missing in action and a prisoner of war for 72 days. He returned to his unit and continued to fight until the war ended on May 8th of 1945.

Mr. Burnett's story is an incredible one and I am so thankful that Anna and I got to sit with him today at lunch and hear it.

This is the face of a true American hero.

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To meet Mr. Burnett today you might not think that this sweet man was ever capable of some of the things he had to do to survive his time as a prisoner. But when I got home today and edited these pictures this image gave me a glimpse into the eyes of John Burnett in 1944.

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posted by Dave
Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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Holly and Aaron are getting married!

Monday, May 19, 2008


Anna and I traveled to Tuscaloosa, AL this past weekend to meet Aaron and Holly on the campus of The University. :)

Normally we are headed down to watch Alabama play football so it was a little odd for us to arrive to a practically empty campus. I had to fight the urge to grill something.

These two are getting married in October and are both engineering graduates. So obviously our first stop....the engineering library.

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This is my favorite image of the day....this is just beside of Denny Chimes...you can see the president's home in the background across University.

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This is Denny Chimes....and...by Anna's claim....Aaron's best pose of the day.

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When Holly looked at this next image on the back of the camera she claimed that I made Houser Hall pretty. Well I'll never be able to earn any engineering credit hours in that building....but I can sure take a picture of it!

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I thought it was poor taste to make out in the library....but you know how engineers are.

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I'll see you guys in October!

Roll Tide!

posted by Dave
Monday, May 19, 2008

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Paul and Anna are married!

Saturday, May 17, 2008


Last Friday Gary Cosby Jr. and myself shot the wedding of Paul and Anna at The Huntsville Museum of Art.

It was a beautiful ceremony and a great setting for photos!














I shot this image at the same time Cosby was shooting the image below it....


Cosby's photo of the getaway! That little dark blur on the sidewalk at the right....that is me!


Congratulations!!






posted by Dave
Saturday, May 17, 2008

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Holly and Joseph

Monday, May 05, 2008



This past Sunday afternoon Anna and I met her cousin Holly, and her fiance Joseph, for their engagement photos. They will be getting married this July!

This is proof that Anna gets out in the sun and works as hard as I do!





This was shortly before my awkward exchange with a passerby...."Haaay!"






Congratulations guys! I'll see you in July!

posted by Dave
Monday, May 05, 2008

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