With a Camera and a Gun

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 Vasilion

Laura Vasilion

Editor of Present Tense and Talking to the World. Author, blogger, novelist. Would rather be living in Iceland.

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