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Richard E. Wynne

As a hospital corpsman in the Navy Medical Corps during the Korean War, Richard E. Wynne saw many war injuries and was himself involved in a trauma. Throughout that time, he witnessed first hand military physicians’ determination to save lives. His recent heart surgery at a Veterans Affairs (V.A.) hospital in Loma Linda, Calif., reminded him of that determination once again. There he saw wounded veterans rise above their injuries, including the loss of limbs. “What concerns me is people thinking that these injuries make one a ‘cripple.’ … In the V.A. hospital, I saw many brave men and women overcoming these disabilities,” he says. Wynne shows this strength of character in his approach as an artist. “Every time I start a new work, my intent is to show you my heart,” he says. This is a trait that he has passed on to his son Rhys, now 20, who has autism. “My son is my hero… Every day he faces an unkind world and goes forth. He gives me the ability to continue on,” Wynne says.


Treat The Enemy

9.25 x 12 in.

Ink and Pastel on Cardboard

Two medics treat a fallen man, an enemy, symbolizing that mercy has no sides. “Medics help everyone … sometimes at the cost of their own lives,” Wynne says.


Med Evac

28 x 22 x 3 in.

Mixed Media

The blurred image of a wounded soldier being carried on a stretcher to waiting helicopter highlights the coordinated rush of a medical team to treat those who are injured. “I remember during the Korean War how long it took the wounded to reach a field hospital,” says Wynne. “Now the time to treatment is measured in minutes, not hours.”