Monday, August 17, 2009

Combat illustrator is also Minnesota carrier

Bloomington, MN, Letter Carrier Les Fordahl was invited to display his combat art as part of the "Minnesota Honors Vietnam Veterans" celebration at the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul. The event was the largest of its kind in Minnesota history.
Fordahl’s official duties in Vietnam were as a draftsman and illustrator, but he also became a combat artist. Only after he finished his tour of duty was he able to complete the drawings he had sketched while in the field. Veterans easily recognized his sketches of locations like Firebase Bastogne.
Audio and video clips of Fordahl and many of his works are available at the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.

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