About the Authors
Portraits of Service
Andrew Wakeford
Andrew Wakeford

Andrew Wakeford was born in England, in 1949. He studied photography for two years at the Polytechnic of Central London. Wakeford then worked as an assistant for an advertising photographer, gaining valuable experience working for well-known companies such as De Beers Jewellery, Jaguar, and Watney's Brewery. He left England to widen his horizons, eventually ending up in Germany. He settled in Saarbrucken, in 1972, and married his German partner, Christa, in 1973.

In 1974, Wakeford became a freelance advertising photographer. He soon was taking assignments that sent him to Europe, the Bahamas, New York, and England. Wakeford specializes in photographing people.

In 2008, Wakeford met Helen Patton. At the time he was moving from assignment photography to personal projects, and Patton led him to contacts that helped him gain access to veterans and their stories. Wakeford is now managing director of the Patton Foundation in Europe.

Robert H. Miller
Robert H. Miller

Robert H. Miller came to Portraits in Service after researching and writing Hidden Hell: The Story of My Father's POW Diary. A second edition of his book was published, in 2011, by Patton Publishing. Miller met Helen Patton on Utah Beach, in June 2009, on the evening before the sixty-fifth commemoration of D-Day.

In 2010 he became executive director of the Patton Foundation in America. The foundation focuses its efforts on putting into practice General George S. Patton's concerns for the welfare of American soldiers and their families.

For the last sixteen years Miller has traveled to Europe, China, India, and Brazil as a consultant in the field of advanced LED lighting and technology design for the global auto market. He has been a professional photographer for thirty-six years and is the recipient of several international awards. He and his wife, Colleen, live in Canton, Michigan, and have five children.