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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One Response to Reflecting on World War 2 on Memorial Day Weekend

  1. jennie says:

    As we participate in the many festivities designed to honor those who serve and have served our country, let’s all take a moment to thank the men and women who have put themselves in harm’s way to keep their countrymen safe. Their true celebration will be on the day they safely return home.
    Happy Memorial Day, George. Your beautiful artwork and from-the-heart diary inscriptions insure we can never forget the sacrifices made in the Pacific theatre, in WWII, and in all combat.

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