Journal Entry for Sketch #7
April 28th-Vietnam Warriors Near Iraq War Dead
I sketch near the grave of Lance Corporal Martin Wells, U.S. Marine Corps, who died at 21 years of age 10/16/70 in Vietnam War. He is buried with his father who was a WWII veteran and outlived his son by 9 years (buried10/1/79 at age 60).
I am also near the grave of Lieutenant George Theron Carr, U.S. Air Force, who fought in WWII, Korea and Vietnam and died, probably in Vietnam, on October 13, 1970 at age 52. His gravestone indicates he has won some “awards” for his service (AM & OLC). I cannot decipher the acronyms.As I sketch, I watch two groups of visitors come and go at the graves of the Iraq War dead. To my left two groups of women visited the grave of Thomas Adams. They talk and pray, and the children frolic awhile on the grass around the graves; then they leave.
To my right a young woman and girl in a Neon make car come to the grave of Brian Kennedy. They park the car in front of the grave so that as they sit by the grave I cannot see them mourn. Then they rise and move off to the west among other gravestones. The young girl, oblivious to death, needs to play.