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After the Firefight 7 | by David Hoffman '41
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After the Firefight 7

[There are 11 photos in this set on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Raleigh, North Carolina.] This is a creative commons image, which you may freely use by linking to this page. Please respect the photographer and his work.


One of the pleasures of sculpture in the round is being able to view it from many angles. I narrowed the photos to ten, more than normal. These are black and white as a consequence of my inexperience. The light just wasn’t right for the bronze; or, if it was, I didn’t know what to do.


This group of bronze figures, dedicated on Memorial Day, May 23, 1987, is located in Capitol Square,North Carolina. This Vietnam Veterans Memorial is called “After the Firefight” and depicts three soldiers, one wounded who is being carried by his buddies to safety. Holding weapons, two soldiers warily move with eyes focused ahead and in the air. The third soldier is cradled by the rear soldier as the front one grasps the cloth of the wounded man’s pants leg. The sculptor Abbe Godwin is from Colfax, North Carolina. She was able to sculpt this with equipment borrowed from veterans; the details of the three figures are quite amazing—canteen, knife, grenade, knife, bandaged leg, shoes, guns. The facial expressions show the intensity of emotions of soldiers in a tense situation.


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Taken on August 4, 2010