This week, we feature Marine Corps veteran, Enrique Hernandez, whom we met in El Paso, TX, this year. He served a little over twenty years, and was a pilot in the Vietnam War.
We were moved by his story of his best friend who he is also honoring within his portrait. 1st Lieutenant Brent Eden Davis was also a helicopter pilot, and both he and Hernandez attended pilot training together. They were each other’s best man at each other’s weddings. On March 18, 1966, Lt. Davis was shot down in Vietnam. For over 30 years, Hernandez’s friend was missing in action. The day of December 09, 1997, Lt. Davis’ remains were found and repatriated, and is now interred in the Arlington National Cemetery located in Arlington, Virginia. More information can be read here.
We want to thank Hernandez for not only coming into our location that day in El Paso taking the time to have his portrait made with us, but also sharing the memory of a great friend, Lt. Davis. Semper Fi.
As always, we thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice along with sharing their stories with us as we travel. We will never be able to thank you enough.
© Veteran portrait by Stacy L. Pearsall, story by Des’ola Mecozzi