Photos - Fotos: Platon Antoniou - Part 5 - Volunteers sent to Iraq or Afghanistan - 21 photos - Links to more photos by PA

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1.    This summer, the photographer Platon took pictures of hundreds of men and women who volunteered to serve in the military and were sent to Iraq or Afghanistan. He followed them on their journey through training and deployment, after demobilization and in hospitals, to compile a portrait of the dedication of the armed services today. Sergeant Tim Johannsen, who lost both legs when he drove over an I.E.D. on his second tour of duty in Iraq, made a point of buying an Army T-shirt to wear in his photograph. Of his sacrifice, he said, “It’s just part of the job. You know what you signed up for.” Sergeant Matthis Chiroux, a military reporter who has become a vocal opponent of the Iraq war, says that he and others like him “take our activism as a continuation of our oath of service.” Like many who enlist, Johannsen and Chiroux come from military families. Sergeant John McKay, a marine whose uncle and grandfather were marines, and whose three-year-old son posed in uniform at the wedding of a cousin, also a marine, said, “He’s just waiting till he’s eighteen.” He went on, “I’m scared for him, but if he wants to do it I’ll support him.”

 2.    Cadets marching in the graduation parade at the United States Military Academy at West Point, May 30, 2008. This year, more than nine hundred cadets graduated, receiving a bachelor-of-science degree and a commission in the Army that obliges them to serve for five years.

3.    Kesha Brown, photographed at the United States Military Academy at West Point during graduation week.

4.    Newlyweds Second Lieutenant Ryan Capdepon and Jamie Capdepon, with members of their wedding party, including the father of the groom, Lieutenant Colonel John Capdepon (standing next to the bride), at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, on August 16, 2008. Four of the men pictured, including Lieutenant Colonel Capdepon, deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit to the Persian Gulf on August 28, 2008.

5.    Jakob McKay, three, is the son of Sergeant John McKay, who is now back home after four tours of duty in Iraq.

6.    SPC Bobby Russell of the First Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Ft. Wainwright, Alaska.

7.    SPC Patrick Quinn of the First Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Ft. Wainwright, Alaska.

8.    Medina Wasl is a mock Iraqi village at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, in the Mojave Desert, in California. These soldiers, from the First Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, are performing an exercise known as Medical Trauma Lane.

9.    Alu Banarji at Medina Wasl. Banarji, who was born in Basra, Iraq, began working as a role-player at Fort Irwin in 2004 and is now the center’s Director of Cultural Affairs, teaching soldiers the dos and don’ts of Iraqi culture.

10.    Seaman Jeremiah Lineberry, just after lowering the flag aboard the U.S.S. San Antonio, as he prepares for his first deployment.

11.    Seaman Kevin A. Dean stands on the deck of the U.S.S. San Antonio, which set sail on its maiden deployment on August 28, 2008. The ship, one of a number of new amphibious transport docks, is spending about six months in the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf.

12.    Sergeant Matthis Chiroux, honorably discharged in 2007 after five years of service, refused to be redeployed in Iraq.

13.    Sholom Keller is a former Army Specialist who served with the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) in Afghanistan and Iraq.

14.    Sergeant Tim Johannsen and his wife, Jacquelyne Kay, in a rehabilitation unit at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

15.    Juan Casiano at the grave of his fiancée, Captain Maria Ines Ortiz, in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, where those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.


16.    Airman First Class Christopher J. Wilson greets his fiancée, Beth Pisarsky, after returning from a six-month deployment in Iraq. Wilson is in the 305th Security Forces Squadron of the 305th Air Mobility Wing, which is based at McGuire Air Force Base, in New Jersey.

17.    Jessica Gray, whose husband, Staff Sergeant Yance T. Gray, was killed in Baghdad last year while serving with the 82nd Airborne.

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