“Prisoners Under the Rising Sun” Exhibit at the National Museum of the Pacific War
Jul 02 2018 to Sep 03 2018
This special exhibit features a look at the life of a POW through material in the museum’s collection and several pieces of artwork by Ben Steele borrowed from the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University of Montana. Benjamin C. Steele (1917-2016) was stationed in the Philippines at the onset of WWII and he participated in the first major land battle on the Bataan Peninsula. Japan launched a devastating attack and the battle ended with the surrender of more than 76,000 men under American command. The Japanese Army forced the prisoners on the infamous Bataan Death March and many – sick, starving and forced to march under a tropical sun – perished. Steele suffered an ordeal of unparalleled cruelty. He began documenting his experience. The dozens of drawings he created were smuggled out of the camps but, with the exception of two, were lost when the ship carrying them was bombed. Steele ultimately spent 1,244 days as a prisoner of war during WWII.
Available for viewing daily from 9 am to 5 pm in the George H. W. Bush Gallery. Free admission to the exhibit.
Please join us on Friday, July 6, from 5 to 7:30 pm in the George H.W. Bush Gallery when WWII Vet and POW, Fiske Hanley, will be speaking and signing his book which will be available for purchase. Beer, wine and snacks will be offered. Event is free to the public.
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