This Veterans Day, take a moment to view photos from a lifelong Grand Junction resident documenting his tour of duty during World War II.

Shortly after he began his career as a photographer at the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Robert Grant enlisted in the United States Army and departed for a 3 1/2 year tour in Asia.

Collection of Robert Grant
Collection of Robert Grant

Along the way, he made stops in Australia and Europe.

Some photos include a short, approximately 5'2" soldier. In those instances, the soldier pictured is Robert Grant. There's a reason why he didn't pursue a career with the NBA. Where those photos are concerned, it is not known who actually took the picture. The rest were taken by a very young Robert Grant.

Collection of Robert Grant

Somewhere along the way, my grandpa developed a penchant for Indian motorcycles. Upon returning from the war, he started up what I believe to be Grand Junction's first motorcycle club with other Indian enthusiasts.

Collection of Robert Grant

Bob Grant was part of a cartography group, making the trip from India to China a total of 15 times.

Robert Grant
Collection of Robert Grant

The pictures above represent a small dent in the collection of photos my grandpa brought home. I thought you might enjoy a handful of memories.

Here's to you, Bob, on Veterans Day. Of course, I'd like to wish a Happy Veterans Day to my other relatives who served in wars: Dorothy Grant, James L. Grant, Eugene Jordan, and one who didn't make it back home, Jimmy DeWitt.