The Library of Congress Veterans History Project Home 
Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project
Home » Kevin Howard Tierney

"I got to document the best and brightest of our nation." (Video interview, 56:35)

   Kevin Howard Tierney
Collection image
Kevin Tierney [8/2009]
War: Cold War; Persian Gulf War, 1991; Iraq War, 2003-2011
Branch: Navy; Navy; Navy
Unit: Combat Camera Group Pacific
Service Location: Philippines; also: Northern Arabian Gulf; also: Iraq
Rank: Chief Petty Officer
View Full Description

Working for the Combat Camera Group, Kevin Tierney found the adventure he sought when he first enlisted in the Navy. Serving from 1986 to 2008, he estimates that he "packed in half a lifetime" of experiences taking pictures and documenting activities in the Persian Gulf. Serving in such a way--telling the story of what his comrades endured--was, for him, the highest honor.

Interview (Video)
»Interview Highlights  (2 clips)
»Complete Interview 
Download: video (78 min.)
More like this
»Military Photographers: Framing the Shot
 Video (Interview Excerpts) (2 items)
Duties as a photojournalist with Combat Camera; doing battle damage assessment; sending photos over the wire; embedding with a unit; importance of good documentation to provide an accurate record of events; serving in South Central Iraq; photographing Jessica Lynch’s convoy. (02:12) Conditions in the field; writing a story about a soldier he photographed; the amazing stories of his comrades; importance of being able to document the lives of the soldiers he served with; appreciation of just being alive at the end of the day. (02:52) 

Home » Kevin Howard Tierney
  The Library of Congress  >> American Folklife Center
  October 26, 2011
  Legal | External Link Disclaimer Need Help?   
Contact Us