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"There were a lot of combat photographers, but they wanted us to look at the war in a different way." (Interview transcript)

   Don R. Schol
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Don Schol with United States Special Forces (USSF) A-team, Pleiku, Vietnam [4/1968]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Division
Service Location: Fort Dix, New Jersey; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Hood, Texas; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Bien Hoa, Vietnam; Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Rank: First Lieutenant
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Drafted into the Army, just having completed a Master of Fine Arts degree, First Lieutenant Don Schol became part of a unique initiative: the combat artist program. As he explains, it marked the first time in which combat trained soldiers were sent into the field to document the war with a sketchbook. Told by his commanding officer to be a soldier first and an artist second, he saw his fair share of action; after six months in the field, he spent six months in a studio translating his experiences into artwork. Carrying a set of orders that let him transfer freely between units, he traveled all over the country, serving first with helicopter pilots in the 1st Cavalry Unit, and then with Navy forces in the Delta.

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