With a Camera and a Gun

Laura E. Vasilion
Laura Vasilion Present Tense
3 min readNov 10, 2021

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Remembering my father’s sacrifices in Iceland during WWII.

Graffiti on a street in Reykjavik, Iceland

Armed with his Navy-issued camera and a .45 caliber handgun, my father spent much of WWII in a place rarely linked with the conflict: Iceland. Aboard his AR5 repair ship, Vulcan, he sailed across the North Atlantic to Iceland in convoy. As the ship wove through the black-green angry sea, frequently dodging Nazi U-boats, Dad kept his camera and gun loaded. Upon…

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Laura E. Vasilion
Laura Vasilion Present Tense

Editor of Present Tense and Talking to the World. Author, blogger, novelist. Would rather be living in Iceland. Also known as Laura E. Melull and Laura E. Hill.