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.
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