Today, the White House honored former South Carolina Airman and combat photographer, Stacy Pearsall for her work with female veterans.
The ceremony was conducted by the Department of Veterans affairs this afternoon in Washington, D.C.
According to the Charleston Center for Photography website:
Stacy Pearsall is the most decorated female war photographer of our time and an award-winning photojournalist.
During her 12 years as a military photographer, she traveled to over 41 countries, shot over 500,000 photos, and endured over 24 medical procedures to repair combat wounds sustained in battle.
She is a Bronze Star recipient, earning the “V” device for valor for her “heroic actions under fire.” She was also awarded a Purple Heart.
Pearsall’s work in Charleston helps female veterans get through processing and paperwork at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center; helping them get the benefits and assistance they need and are entitled to.
A native of Goose Creek, S.C., Pearsall joined the Air Force at age 17 and spent her first years as a U-2 spy plane intelligence processor.
She is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and now medically retired from the military.
Stacy’s Pearsall’s husband Andy Dunaway is also a retired combat photographer and was the personal photographer of Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense.
The VA will also feature her work and her story on their website: www.va.gov/ .
Examiner’s Note: I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Pearsall here in Charleston several years ago at one of her gallery showings. Her combat photographs are nothing short of incredible. See some of her photographs here.