Earl Russell VAN ALSTINE, 19422010 (aged 68 years)

Name
Earl Russell /VAN ALSTINE/
Family with parents
father
19131991
Birth: July 13, 1913 Leyden, Lewis, New York, USA
Death: November 26, 1991Maryland, USA
mother
Three Vary Sisters - Ada, Ava, & Iva
19152013
Birth: May 14, 1915 33 36 Harrisburg, Lewis, New York, USA
Death: May 13, 2013North Laurel, Howard Co, Maryland, USA
elder sister
Private
elder sister
Private
elder brother
19382004
Birth: November 29, 1938 25 23 Lowville, Lewis, New York, USA
Death: December 2004San Diego, San Diego, California, USA
elder brother
Private
himself
19422010
Birth: June 29, 1942 28 27 Herkimer, Herkimer, New York, USA
Death: September 5, 2010Severn, Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA
younger sister
Private
Family with Private
himself
19422010
Birth: June 29, 1942 28 27 Herkimer, Herkimer, New York, USA
Death: September 5, 2010Severn, Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA
wife
Private
daughter
Private
daughter
Private
daughter
Private
Family with Carol A. CYHANICK
himself
19422010
Birth: June 29, 1942 28 27 Herkimer, Herkimer, New York, USA
Death: September 5, 2010Severn, Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA
partner
19482011
Birth: February 16, 1948
Death: March 11, 2011Severn, Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA
Private + Carol A. CYHANICK
partner’s partner
Private
partner
19482011
Birth: February 16, 1948
Death: March 11, 2011Severn, Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA
partner’s son
Private
partner’s son
Private
Burial
Shared note

Mr. Van Alstine served in Vietnam from late 1967 to late 1968 as the combat photographer and journalist for the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. His Battalion, known as the "Rakkasans," was the most decorated Airborne Battalion for the entire Vietnam War. During his tour, the Battalion was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation and a Valorous Unit Award. Earl was also awarded a Combat Infantryman Badge. Within the unit, he was well-known for his stunning black and white photographs that caught the essence of the war, his fearlessness to continue taking pictures during the heat of a firefight, and for his good humor that never waned. In the past decade, when the Rakkasans have had annual reunions, he went to every one and chronicled these gatherings of the men and their families in a new series of photographs. (from the Laurel Leader newspaper, 15 Sep 2010)