"The orders I got after Infantry and Intelligence training were to Panama instead of Vietnam."

Soldier

The "golden hour" for photographers....


On Patrol


Back in 1967, after I had finished law school and was awaiting orders to the US Army's Infantry Officers Basic Course at Ft. Benning, I started this painting of a long-range reconnaissance platoon leader in Vietnam.  It was based on a photo which appeared on the cover of a news magazine back then and, as I expected to be over there "in country" with him in a matter of months, I thought he would be a good subject for a painting.  As it turned out, the orders I got after Infantry and Intelligence training were to Panama instead of Vietnam.  Early in my career in Panama, I finished the painting of this professional soldier.  It is now in a private collection in the United States, and has always been one of my favorites.





(c) John Haines, Panama, 2008.