War is hell. You can’t photograph a flying bullet, but you can capture genuine fear.
When you’re out in the military situation, you can’t take pictures at night because flashlights. So at night and in bad weather and in dark weather, the cameras went into the fish tackling box, which was waterproof, and I would just use my mind and try to keep quotes there and write down little stories.
I come from – I came from Wales, and it’s a strong, butch society. We were in the war and all that. People didn’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves. You had to get on with it. So my credo is get on with it. I don’t waste time being soft. I’m not cold, but I don’t like being, wasting my time with – life’s too short.
I was drafted during the Korean War. None of us wanted to go… It was only a couple of years after World War II had ended. We said, ‘Wait a second? Didn’t we just get through with that?’
I grew up in a time when people believed in duty, honor and country. My grandfathers were both officers. My father was a General in the Air Force. My brother and I were both in the Army. I’ve always felt a kinship with soldiers; I think it’s possible to support the warrior and be against the war.
“Artillery is the King of battle: the King cannot swim, however, which is why we need you guys.”
(USMC arty specialist to a group of Navy officers in an Amphib Warfare Indoc course.)
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, and a lot of bitching.”
Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for.