Lt. Robert H. Van Slyke was born on February 20, 1925 in Little Falls, NY and enlisted in the U. S. Army following his junior year in high school at age 18, joining his three older brothers in the war effort. After basic training in Fort Dix, NJ and aviation cadet training in Alabama and Texas, he served as a bombardier and navigator aboard a B-26 Marauder, flying a total of 41 missions over Germany with the 454th Bomb Squadron. Van Slyke was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he returned to Little Falls to finish high school and went on to St.
Red Grandy was born on his family’s farm in Russell, NY in 1922. Following high school, Grandy joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and after WWII, attended the University of Southern California to study photography. While in Europe working on a master’s degree, Grandy joined the staff of the Stars and Stripes as a photojournalist. One early award-winning photo was of General Eisenhower following the news of the firing of Gen.