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Richard Mccarthy, MD

As a medical student, Dr. Richard E. McCarthy visited his sister, a Navy nurse, as she cared for returning Vietnam veterans at the now-defunct Philadelphia Naval Hospital. This early exposure to wounded soldiers made a lasting impression on him. “I was struck with the stark reality of missing parts in these young warriors trying to piece their lives together,” says Dr. McCarthy, who was 21 at the time. More recently, the graduation of his youngest son, Andrew, from the United States Navel Academy in Annapolis, Md., renewed his respect and admiration for the men and women of the uniformed services.

Wounded Warrior

20 x 30 x .5 in.

Acrylic on Canvas

Dr. McCarthy’s eldest son, Bryan, who spent eight months piloting an F-18 Super Hornet in Afghanistan, inspired him to paint this picture. “His audacious confidence in the ability of the Navy to bring him back home safely caused me to reflect and paint this image of determination and frailty,” he says. It shows a veteran, who lost his left arm to an explosive device, in front of an American flag.