Thoughts and words come fitfully to the old sailor. But Herman Schnipper, 91, is adamant about his wishes for the pictures he took while stationed on the USS Astoria. The 1,500 prints — sheathed in plastic, captioned and stored in his Hackensack apartment — depict in black-and-white splendor the drama and drudgery of military service.
"I don't want them to be put in a box and forgotten," he said slowly, quietly. "I want to show people the war."