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Portrait Exhibit Puts Face on First World War
David DeJonge is an award-winning photographer based in Grand Rapids, Mich., who specializes in portraits. He has been documenting veterans in his work since 1996. In 2006, he partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a portrait exhibit of the last-known surviving veterans of World War I who lived in the United States. Within weeks of their portrait sessions, five of the nine veterans died. They ranged in age from 105 to 110 years old. DeJonge donated the exhibit to the Pentagon where they were unveiled in a March 6 ceremony, which one veteran, Frank Buckles, attended.
William Seegers, Oct. 24, 1900 - July 10, 2007, German Army

William Seegers, Oct. 24, 1900 - July 10, 2007, German Army

Frank Woodruff Buckles, Feb. 1, 1901, U.S. Army

Frank Woodruff Buckles, Feb. 1, 1901, U.S. Army

James Russell Coffey, Sept. 1, 1898 - Dec. 20, 2007, U.S. Army

James Russell Coffey, Sept. 1, 1898 - Dec. 20, 2007, U.S. Army

Harry Richard Landis, Dec. 12, 1899 - Feb. 4, 2008, U.S. Army

Harry Richard Landis, Dec. 12, 1899 - Feb. 4, 2008, U.S. Army

Lloyd Brown, Oct. 7, 1901 - March 29, 2007, U.S. Navy

Lloyd Brown, Oct. 7, 1901 - March 29, 2007, U.S. Navy

Anthony Pierro, Feb. 22, 1896 - Feb. 8, 2007, U.S. Army

Anthony Pierro, Feb. 22, 1896 - Feb. 8, 2007, U.S. Army

Frank Woodruff Buckles, Feb. 1, 1901, U.S. Army

Frank Woodruff Buckles, Feb. 1, 1901, U.S. Army

Charlotte Louise Berry Winters, Nov. 10, 1897 - March 27, 2007, U.S. Navy

Charlotte Louise Berry Winters, Nov. 10, 1897 - March 27, 2007, U.S. Navy

John F. Babcock, July 23, 1900, Canadian Army and U.S. Army

John F. Babcock, July 23, 1900, Canadian Army and U.S. Army

Howard Ramsey, April 2, 1898 - Feb. 22, 2007, U.S. Army

Howard Ramsey, April 2, 1898 - Feb. 22, 2007, U.S. Army

Copyrighted photos by David DeJonge, used by permission.