Whitey Bernard reflects on "Wait for me, Daddy" photo

Published on November 9, 2020, 2:39 pm

Published by Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News

Tofino's Warren "Whitey" Bernard turned 85 on September 15. It's been 80 years since the Province photojournalist Claude P. Dettloff snapped "Wait for me, Daddy", the photo that would catapult Bernard into the role of poster boy for the Second World War. On Oct. 4, 1940, Dettloff was focusing his camera on a line of soldiers of the B.C. Regiments marching down Eighth Street in New Westminster. "See the way the soldiers are carrying their riffles? And see how my dad has switched to take the riffle in the other hand to reach out for me?" Bernard points to the fair-haired five-year-old boy in the old photograph hanging prominently in his home. (Nora O'Malley / Westerly News)





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