The Last Veterans of World War II

Chronicling the many faces of the WWII effort, these contemporary black-and-white portraits of the longest surviving veterans remind us that the war comprised a collection of Americans from all walks of life.

Appealing to the families of soldiers, academics, history buffs, and veterans of other wars, this collection is a testament to the spirit of patriotism and diversity of a collective American effort. More

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Testimonials

True American Heroes

Richard has taken the portrait art to a new high to showcase a beautiful collection of true American heroes. Presented as perfect black and white imagery, The Last Veterans is a work of art. Humble and honest, these first-person accounts from the major World War II theaters are now forever preserved.

- Larry C. Price, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer and Filmmaker

Last Living Veterans...

The Last Veterans of WWII by Richard Bell is an unforgettable farewell to these last living veterans of World War II. Their stories--in their own words--are as stark and unforgettable as the haunting black and white photographs. This book will stay in your memory long after you finish it...and you'll find yourself going back to it over and over again.
 

- Robert Smock, Editor Emeritus, Global Power Group, PennWell Publishing

A Great Photographer...

You are a great photographer. I hope your book sells a million copies. I doubt if any other vet will have a photo showing highest medals from Germany as well as France and the Harvard law school.
 

- Benjamin Ferencz, Chief Prosecutor, Nuremberg War Trials

It Is First Class...

I…am duly impressed with the quality of the [your] project and finished product. It is first class. Congratulations on a special and meaningful achievement.
 

- President George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States

A Fine Addition...

Thank you for sending a copy of your book, “The Last Veterans.” It was a pleasure to be a part of this book.

It will make a fine addition to my library at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas so the young people can read about the Greatest Generation.
 

- Bob Dole, Former member of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate

About Richard Bell

A lifelong photojournalist and commercial photographer, Richard Bell started his career at Kent State University with a degree in Journalism. After witnessing the shootings at Kent, Richard switched his major from Biology to Journalism. Jobs at two large metropolitan daily papers followed: The St. Petersburg Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer. At the Inquirer Richard moved from Staff Photojournalist to Photo Editor where he was awarded the ‘Newspaper photo editor of the year’ award from ’Pictures of the year’ competition (POY). More

Leaving the newspaper business Richard started his own commercial photography business, ‘The Bing Group’, which produced print advertising for business uses. Concurrently he was a Senior Lecturer at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, teaching documentary photography. Richard is currently working on fine art and book projects at his studio in Medford, NJ.

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