I dedicate my Abstract Expressionism photograph, “Abstract Tree & Smoke, v.3” to my late Uncle, Lamont Yonkey, of North Platte, Nebraska. This art photograph is bright, colorful and lively, just like my uncle…I think he would have liked it.
He was a great uncle, who I always looked up to. He was a good American, and a dedicated and brave Marine who served America with honor and bravery during the Vietnam War.
I was born on the same day that “Operation Rolling Thunder” started, and my uncle left for Vietnam about a year later, in 1966.
He served two tours in Vietnam. His first tour was with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. His second tour was served with the 27th Marines. While in Vietnam, he received several commendations and a Purple Heart when he was wounded by shrapnel. My Uncle was discharged in June, 1969.
He continued to serve America and Nebraska as a State Trooper, Troop D. My Uncle served with the Nebraska State Patrol from 1972 until he retired in 1997.
My Uncle was ‘hit’ with Lung and Brain Cancer over this last year, which was terminal.
Lamont Paul Yonkey died on August 13, 2008 in North Platte.
I wish I could do more. It is a great loss. It is a sad time for me, but I will always have fond memories of my uncle and will always know that he was a brave man, with a big heart, a good American and a dedicated Marine.
Uploaded by Nawfal Nur on 16 Aug 08, 4.03PM MYT.