Empty by George Deontay

George worked very hard but he never got to make the most of his life because he died so young at the age of 25. He fought in the Spanish-American war when he was only 22 years old.  His family took pride in war and joining the army, and so did he. He traveled to Puerto Rico during the war with his helmet and his brothers Philip and Jonnie.

He was very excited about joining the army, and he wanted to join the army, but the time he spent in the army he could have experienced more things in life instead of war and the army. His helmet was filled but not with his own experiences.  He had so many family members go to war so he already knew what it was like.  He could of used that time to enjoy more things he never experienced like painting a picture for the president or building a house for a new married couple; things he never got the chance to do because the time he spent in the war.  George could have done so many great things, he had so much potential.  He was very smart and hard working.  He got an award named after him at Trinity College for his outstanding work as an athlete: George Sheldon McCook was one of the most amazing McCook in his family.

After the war George went to school in Paris to become an architect.  He tried to fill his helmet with different things he enjoyed like gaining new experiences for himself, but he got very sick and died.  If George did not go to the army and went straight to school he would have lived long enough to become an amazing architect.  George could have built some of the greatest houses we see today but we will never know.  George’s life is like a helmet, full of potential, passion and bravery but when he died at such an early age, the helmet became empty.

This helmet symbolizes his time spent in the Spanish-American War. The helmet symbolizes what he could have done and what he could have become.  It is empty.  it shows that he did not become anything but another dead soldier.  A young man; an empty vessel, ready to be filled with life, lessons, and love. Because of this empty helmet, he will never fall in love and never get to pass his knowledge down to children like we would pass a football.



Douglas Helmet
George Sheldon McCook’s helmet from the Spanish-American War. Photograph by Carolyn Bernier. Permission to use image given by Butler-McCook House.