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Gingrich's Photographer Begins Documentary on WWI Vets
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GRAND RAPIDS , Mich., Jan. 17 -- On Thursday, Jan. 18, David J. DeJonge, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based international award-winning photographer will travel to Blakely Care Center in North Baltimore, Ohio to photograph Russell Coffey, one of the last remaining World War I veterans. Coffey was born on September 1, 1898 and served in the United States Army.

There are only 10 World War I veterans still alive in the U.S.

"America has a unique opportunity to get a photographic documentation of an irreplaceable segment of American History. Now our generation has a precious opportunity to get an intimate look at these American Heroes -- my goal is to share those images with the nation. I am excited to launch this documentary in Ohio. Russell will be the first subject and I am thrilled to stand in his presence," DeJonge said.

DeJonge has been photographing veterans of the 20th Century since 1996 and has spoken in the Michigan State Capitol Rotunda. He is the only artist to have an exhibit on the glass floor of the State Capitol. His exhibit 'Faces of Five Wars' has been seen by over quarter of a million people.

In addition to his veterans' documentary, he has also created commissioned portraits for President Gerald R. Ford, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia , Nobel Peace Prize recipient F.W. deKlerk, Edsel B. Ford II, Dr. Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright. DeJonge has been Gingrich's portrait photographer since 1998 creating his last two official portraits. DeJonge also completed a documentary on the diversity of Lou Gehrig's disease, traveling the entire length of Route 66 and photographing PALS (People with ALS)at landmarks from Chicago to Los Angeles .

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