This remarkable photo book depicts the funeral with Full Military Honors of one of the most highly decorated helicopter pilots of the Vietnam war. Major James T. Newman, a legendary air cavalry commander, was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on February 18, 2009. Many of the Army aviators who served under Newman in combat nearly four decades earlier joined his family and friends to bid farewell on a cold, gray, snowy morning. A horse-drawn caisson bore the soldier's flag-draped casket to a gravesite overlooking the Pentagon as mourners followed on foot through the bitter chill of winter. Noted Washington photographer William K. Geiger www.billgeigerphoto.com captured the mood with stunning pictures of the time-honored military ceremony with soldiers in their dress uniforms ignoring the cold to execute with ritual precision the final salute to a comrade. Newman's biographer, Michael Putzel, www.michaelputzel.com describes the ceremony in accompanying text.
Michael Putzel is a distinguished journalist who witnessed and wrote about many of the most dramatic events of his generation. He was a war correspondent in Vietnam, covered the Watergate scandal in Washington, worked as a White House correspondent during three presidencies and directed the AP's coverage of the fall of communism from Moscow. His eye-witness report alerted the world to the shooting of President Ronald Reagan. He is at work on a biography of a Vietnam-era air cavalry commander. See: www.michaelputzel.com William K. Geiger is a Washington photographer whose stunning portraits and photographs of national architectural treasures have won him a wide reputation. His recent work includes the Washington National Cathedral Guidebook and the U.S. Army's "Faces of Strength" exhibit. More of his work is shown at: www.billgeigerphoto.com