Ed Orr

Ed served 3 tours in-country Vietnam in 1966, 1967, and 1968 as a US Navy Combat Photographer/Artist and believes he’s the only enlisted man with that job during the duration of the war. It was his duty to portray the Navy’s role in-country, and included the Brown Water Navy, Navy Corpsmen in the field with the Marines, and Village action teams such as MEDCAPS etc. He was at many locations, including Da Nang, Dong Ha, Khe Sanh. Hue (during Tet 68), Phu Bai, and the Delta. Many of his works have been published in Stars and Stripes, Navy Times and many civilian newspapers. He is 100% service connected permanent and totally disabled.

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I was doing some Spring-cleaning and came across some drawings done by Ed Orr while he was in Vietnam. When my mother passed away in 1986, we were going through some of her things and I came across an envelope containing these drawings and a newspaper from when Kennedy was assassinated. I kept them, put them in a closet and just now re-found them. My dad was an Army Veteran and served in Germany. I was 4 years old when he passed away at home so I don’t remember much about him, but I have heard he was a wonderful man and I truly believe that to be true!

I have a son who is a MP with Colorado National Guard Reserves. He served two tours in Iraq, which obviously brought things very close to home for us as far as war goes. People who have not lived it cannot grasp it.

I heard some horrific stories of things he had seen and been through and as a family we were here for him when he came home offering all of the love and support we could possibly give to him. He is now happily married and a full time policeman living in Colorado and we could NOT be more proud of who he has become!

I remember him being leary that when he came back home from Iraq that people would treat them as poorly as the Vietnam Veterans were treated upon their return from “hell”.

My reason for writing this to you is simply to say thanks you ALL for your services and all you have done. These pictures are amazing and I’m pretty sure I will be handing them down to my son at some point in the years to come.

Thank you SO much!

Jodi Allen
March 28, 2013