The Last Good War (10 photos)
All Photos © Thomas Sanders. Above: Edith Shain, holding the iconic photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Originally published in LIFE Magazine, the photo depicts a sailor kissing Edith Shain in her nurse’s uniform, in Times Square on August 14, 1945.
Today is the 69th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the beginning of America’s involvement in World World War II. Five years ago, Thomas Sanders began traveling the country to photograph World War II veterans. Last year, writer Veronica Kavass joined the project to help record the stories of Sanders’ subjects. The result is a chronicle of courage and hardship, sacrifice and determination, joy and loss. The images and stories were recently collected in THE LAST GOOD WAR: The Faces and Voices of World War II, published by Welcome Books.
John Jackson. Corporal, U.S. Army.
Edgar Cole. Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps.
Louise O’Flaherty. Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (WAVES).
Angel Adagio, Performer, USO.
George Camper, Private First Class, U.S. Air Force.
Robert Costa, Fireman, U.S. Navy.
Robert Smallwood. Corporal, U.S. Army.
Joseph Zilley. Technical Fourth Grade, U.S. Army.
James Brown, Staff Sergeant, US Army.