Exhibit features images of WWII servicemen

From Local Sources

JASPER — The Dubois County Museum, 2704 N. Newton St., will host “One Shot: The World War II Photography of John A. Bushemi,” one of the Indiana Historical Society’s traveling exhibits, from Saturday, July 28, and through Friday, Aug. 31. The exhibit features images of American servicemen who participated in World War II invasions.

Visitors to the exhibit will be immersed in the Gary native’s views through numerous magazine covers and personal photographs, including those of the soldiers with whom he traveled. One series of photographs shows soldiers training at Fort Bragg in what Bushemi’s friend and colleague Marion Hargrove called the “Hardening Process.” Another series includes close-up portraits of soldiers who were featured in a Yank Magazine article about the battle for New Georgia.

Bushemi died on Feb. 19, 1944, when he and other correspondents became the target for a series of Japanese knee-mortar shells during the invasion of Eniwetok. Shrapnel from the shells hit and mortally wounded the photographer. As U.S. Navy surgeons frantically attempted to save Bushemi’s life, the photographer gave his epitaph, telling colleague Merle Miller “be sure to get those pictures back to the office.” Images of both Bushemi’s battleship funeral service and his funeral service back home in Gary are included in the exhibit.

The museum continues honoring the military with Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, Aug. 12, with a program at 1:30 p.m. A program and exhibits relating to the military actions of Dubois County men and women will be highlighted. An added display of flags will be shown. Randy Mills will have a book signing for his new book, “Summer Wind: A Soldier’s Road from Indiana to Vietnam.”

The museum, at 2704 N. Newton St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays.

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