An American Son is an allegorical tale of the boy next door. He could be you, your son, father, brother and daughter. He is a composite of the fiber that makes America great. He represents what we have and what we have lost. He is the spirit of those that returned and those that did not. He is our hopes and dreams. He is what makes America richer with his life and poorer with his death.
An American Son is the thread from which America is woven: from Bunker Hill to Iraq and Afghanisthan. If you served this great country and returned, I salute you. If you served and did not, I honor you in the only way I know.
May God Bless our American sons and daughters,
Tom Oathout is a native of Cranford, New Jersey. He is an alumnus of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and the University of Delaware. He served in the army as a Special Agent in Military Intelligence with the 173rd Airborne Brigade from 1970 to 1971. His writings in Vietnam have appeared in various news publications, history books, an off-broadway play, and on the New York’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
He is also an international award winning photographer.