Reflecting on World War 2 on Memorial Day Weekend

"Darken Ship." The USS LaVallette in enemy territory off Guadalcanal. March 30, 1944

In large and small communities across America, we remember and honor lost veterans in Memorial Day parades. Bands play, children wave flags and we all cheer with ice cream and hot dogs in hand. The festivities provide a sharp contrast to George’s illustration of his WW2 shipmates stilled below deck of the USS LaVallette in enemy territory enroute New Guinea off Guadalcanal in 1944.  To avoid enemy detection the command was to “darken ship.” Topside lights were turned off.  No smoking. No matches. Waiting and praying.

 

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