Biographical / Historical
Staff Sergeant George Gentry enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1961 at the age of 18 for training as a construction mechanic. Following training and a thirteen-month deployment to Korea, Gentry attended the Motion Picture Photography School at Ft. Monmouth, NJ. Following graduation from Motion Picture Photography School, Gentry shoot training films at Ft. Huachuca, AZ until 1965. In 1966 Gentry volunteered for assignment to DASPO (Department of the Army Special Photography Office), based in Hawaii. Gentry's first TDY was in Vietnam for six months. Following this assignment, Gentry was reassigned to the newly organized 221st Photo Company in 1967. Gentry helped establish the unit at Long Binh, Vietnam and shot footage of the 1968 Tet Offensive. Gentry returned to DASPO in 1968 and received an honorable discharge in 1969.