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grant wesley

I was a photographer aboard the USS Ranger CVA 61 Attack Aircraft Carrier between the years 1964 to 1967. It was when aboard the ranger that my work was published in something other than a high school year book. Photographs I made of the first American POW to escape and be returned to the Ranger were published In the May 1967 issue of the Saturday Evening Post magazine in a story titled “I Escaped From a Red Prison”. Years later a movie was made about his capture and escape. The Photographs may not have been great, but I was the only photographer that got any. A 35 mm camera earned no respect then because the top of the line Nikon was less than $200.00 and everyone had one, or one of the other top brands. I used a 4x5 inch Speed Graphic With flash bulbs the size of light bulbs