I photographed Iraq War Veteran U.S. Army Colonel Gregory D. Gadson for Guideposts Magazine back in November at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. On the night of May 7, 2007, while returning from a memorial service for two soldiers from his brigade, he lost both his legs and severely injured his right arm, to a roadside bomb in Baghdad. Gadson recounts his story and how he came back from the accident in a moving piece that ran this month’s issue of Guideposts.
Gadson has an impressive resume. He graduated from West Point and while he was there played football for the school. He later served in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years as a field artillery officer and served on active duty for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Joint Forge, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a motivational speaker and made his acting debut in Battleship, a 2012 American science fiction naval war film. Here is a little interview of him about working on the film. He still serves in the military as the garrison commander at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.