War in Pictures

The War in Pictures Event provides the Providence College community a way of honoring veterans through photography and storytelling. The first War in Pictures event took place in November 2015 and highlighted stories of veterans beginning with WWI and continuing through current service members. The event was organized by students in the liberal arts honors colloquium, Storytelling in the Public Square, instructed by Robert Hackey, Professor of Health Policy and Management.

This digital archive is a result of collaboration between students, Emma Hodges, Molly O'Leary, and Kevin McNeil, and the Phillips Memorial Library.


Brian McPhillips, Class of 2000
Brian McPhillips, Class of 2000
Providence College--Phillips Memorial Library--Digital Publishing Services, Part of the 2015 War in Pictures Event at Providence College, The description below was written by Dr. Douglas Blum, of the Providence College Political Science Department: Brian was a student of mine, and I still think of him quite often. In over 25 years of college teaching, he stands out in my mind as a special young man: so unusually thoughtful, open-minded, curious, decent, and good-hearted. It was a course on Political Ideologies, which covered a wide range of competing perspectives (including Communism, Fascism, Islamism, and Radical Feminism). Brian was striking to me, in the sense that although he clearly had strong beliefs and values of his own, he was never dogmatic, but simply tried to understand how and why other people might have outlooks that differed from his. What a rare quality that is, and how important in a democratic society! Once, in the middle of class, I stopped what I was doing and told him how much I admired him. Not only was it a true pleasure to have taught him, but it was also a joy to have known him, however briefly.
Brian McPhillips, Class of 2000, in uniform
Brian McPhillips, Class of 2000, in uniform
Providence College--Phillips Memorial Library--Digital Publishing Services, Part of the 2015 War in Pictures Event at Providence College, The description below was written by Dr. Douglas Blum, of the Providence College Political Science Department: Brian was a student of mine, and I still think of him quite often. In over 25 years of college teaching, he stands out in my mind as a special young man: so unusually thoughtful, open-minded, curious, decent, and good-hearted. It was a course on Political Ideologies, which covered a wide range of competing perspectives (including Communism, Fascism, Islamism, and Radical Feminism). Brian was striking to me, in the sense that although he clearly had strong beliefs and values of his own, he was never dogmatic, but simply tried to understand how and why other people might have outlooks that differed from his. What a rare quality that is, and how important in a democratic society! Once, in the middle of class, I stopped what I was doing and told him how much I admired him. Not only was it a true pleasure to have taught him, but it was also a joy to have known him, however briefly.
Colleen Mahon
Colleen Mahon
Providence College--Phillips Memorial Library--Digital Publishing Services, Part of the 2015 War in Pictures Event at Providence College, The description below was written by Sister Carolyn Sullivan, O.P., of the Providence College Office of Academic Affairs: Colleen is a Navy nurse and has served in the War with Iraq; she was in charge of the burn unit on the Mercy ship, COMFORT for the first 3 months of the war in 2003.  In 2008 she served 9 months in Kuwait.  She is currently serving in the Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Washington. 
Colleen Mahon
Colleen Mahon
Providence College--Phillips Memorial Library--Digital Publishing Services, Part of the 2015 War in Pictures Event at Providence College, The description below was written by Sister Carolyn Sullivan, O.P., of the Providence College Office of Academic Affairs: Colleen is a Navy nurse and has served in the War with Iraq; she was in charge of the burn unit on the Mercy ship, COMFORT for the first 3 months of the war in 2003.  In 2008 she served 9 months in Kuwait.  She is currently serving in the Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Washington. 
Frank J. Bosco
Frank J. Bosco
Providence College--Phillips Memorial Library--Digital Publishing Services, Part of the 2015 War in Pictures Event at Providence College, The image was shared by Patricia Beland of the Providence College Human Resources Department. Beland also shared the below description, taken from the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's Association web site: https://www.vhpa.org/KIA/incident/69062121KIA.HTM At approximately 1045 hours on June 21, 1969, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46D (tail number 154811) from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 was on a reconnaissance insertion mission in Quang Nam Province, RVN, about 22 1/2 miles northwest of Danang, when the aircraft was hit by hostile enemy fire, causing the helicopter to crash and burn. The helicopter was attempting to insert a recon team at position ZC033864. The attempt was abandoned because of enemy opposition, and the aircraft was moving away when the gunner heard a loud explosion from the controls closet area. The co-pilot reported later that the aircraft lost boost pressure. It is suspected that the aircraft as hit in the controls closet area by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG). Another report suggested small arms fire damaged the helicopter. The aircraft then went out of control and crashed. Pilot 1LT William L. Peters Jr. and crew chief LCPL Paul E. Petroline plus six members of the recon team, including 2LT William G. Schanck Jr., LCP Frank J. Bosco, LCPL Richard A. Weil Jr., PFC Arthur C. Council III, PFC Robert L. Crites Jr., and PFC James O. Hall Jr. were killed in the crash. The co-pilot, the two gunners, and the remaining two members of the recon team were injured and later rescued.
James C. Gray
James C. Gray
Providence College--Phillips Memorial Library--Digital Publishing Services, Part of the 2015 War in Pictures Event at Providence College, The description below was written by Sister Carolyn Sullivan, O.P., of the Providence College Office of Academic Affairs: US Army, wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, Christmas 1944. Purple Heart recipient.
James F. Keegan, Class of 1967
James F. Keegan, Class of 1967
Providence College--Phillips Memorial Library--Digital Publishing Services, Part of the 2015 War in Pictures Event at Providence College, The description below was written by Father Terrence Keegan, O.P., of the Providence College Theology Department. My brother James F. Keegan, PC 1967, is a member of a large and growing PC family. He is the son of Edward J. Keegan, Sr. PC 1934, the youngest brother of Edward J. Keegan, Jr. PC 1959 and Very Rev. Terence J. Keegan, O.P. PC 1960. Both of his daughters are PC graduates, Maura Keegan Mauch PC 1998 and Cristin Keegan PC 2001. He is also the uncle of Edward J. Keegan III PC 1984, Elizabeth Keegan PC 1985, Michael Keegan PC 1986 and Matthew Keyser PC 2006. James Keegan was a student at PC 1963 to 1967, a time when the Vietnam War was becoming increasingly unpopular among students and participation in the military was frowned on. At that time some few, like my brother James, were proud to wear the uniform of the PC ROTC program. He was commissioned upon graduation and soon found himself in Vietnam where he honorably served in his nation’s army. Upon completing his tour of duty he went on to a successful career eventually retiring as a regional vice president with UBS Paine Weber. His pride in and loyalty to the US Army is evident to anyone who has watched the annual Army-Navy football game with him.
John F. Mahon
John F. Mahon
Providence College--Phillips Memorial Library--Digital Publishing Services, Part of the 2015 War in Pictures Event at Providence College, The description below was written by Sister Carolyn Sullivan, O.P., of the Providence College Office of Academic Affairs: US Army, wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, Christmas 1944. Purple Heart recipient.
Lawrence E. Garron
Lawrence E. Garron
Providence College--Phillips Memorial Library--Digital Publishing Services, Part of the 2015 War in Pictures Event at Providence College, The image was shared by Faith Allen of the Providence College Admissions Office. Allen also shared the below description, taken from the Franklin Matters web site: http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/11/fallen-hero-lance-corporal-lawrence-e.html Lance Corporal Lawrence E. Garron was born on September 27, 1948, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Garron Sr. Lawrence lived with his parents and a sister at 1295 Pond St., went to grade schools in Franklin and then went to Boston Trade High School from which he was graduated in 1967.  Corporal Garron enlisted in the Marine Corps in May of 1967 and had served overseas for 10 months. During his tour of duty in June of 1968, Cpl. Garron had been wounded and was hospitalized for eight weeks in Saigon from shrapnel wounds in the leg, for which he received the Purple Heart.  Cpl. Garron later returned to- active duty where he became a casualty on September 21, 1968 when he was one of eight marines in a platoon of 15 men killed in the explosion of a mine while on patrol in Quang Nam province, Vietnam.  Lance Corporal Lawrence Garron Jr. was 19 years old at the time of his death in Vietnam.
Michael Barrera
Michael Barrera
Providence College--Phillips Memorial Library--Digital Publishing Services, Part of the 2015 War in Pictures Event at Providence College, Michael Barrera is pictured at Al Dahfra Air Force Base. Photo was contributed by Barrera's cousin, Kevin McNeil.

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