Alex Yawor, a 95-Year-Old USMC Vet, Paints Veteran Portraits
Alex Yawor, a 95-year-old WWII Veteran from Pennsylvania, fought in Iwo Jima and was a witness of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi. Even when he was young, he had always been fond of drawing and painting portraits of people.
Through the years, he became better and better with a pencil and paintbrush, and when WWII rolled around, he enlisted and served in the United States Marine Corps. When his tour of duty was complete, SPC Yawor returned to his civilian life, but his experiences in the Pacific continued to haunt him.
After a year of suffering from anxiety and being unable to leave his home, he finally was able to get out to meet his future wife. They married, had children and in addition to working for a steel company as a graphic artist, he found time to become a part of a wood carving club, too. Yawor also discovered oil painting, a hobby that would not only allow him to cope with his wartime experiences, but would also provide an outlet to honor and celebrate other servicemen and women who had given the ultimate sacrifice.
As of November 2018, Yawor has painted over 159 portrait paintings and doesn’t foresee himself quitting anytime soon. These paintings have been presented to the families and loved ones of many servicemen and women across the country. Each presentation is a celebration of life and a remembrance of the importance of honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The portraits help bring closure to grieving families.
Veterans Action Network is proud to have been able to facilitate thirteen portrait presentations over the past two years. While celebrating Veterans Day 2018, Veterans Action Network Secretary and Commander of his local American Legion Post, SGM Jim Kitchen (Ret.), along with American Legion Post 65 member, Paul Carr, presented a portrait, painted by Yawor, to the step-mother and father of SPC Scott Thomas Nagorski, killed in action on November 14, 2010 in Kanoor Province, Afghanistan. SPC Nagorski was from Greenfield, WI.
Veterans Action Network is honored to support fellow veterans who give back to those who have also served in the military. Throughout the year, we seek to engage in veterans celebration throughout the United States. To learn more about our grassroots projects and discover how you can support our cause, visit us online at www.veteransactionnetwork.net.