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Historical Society hosting exhibit of WWII photography

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Clay County Historical Society is currently hosting an exhibit featuring World War II photographs by Hoosier photographer John A. Bushemi.

The exhibit, "One Shot: The World War II Photography of John A. Bushemi," opened Monday.

The Clay County Historical Society, located at 100 E. National Ave., Brazil, is open Monday-Friday, from 1-4 p.m., and Saturdays, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Assigned to Yank, the weekly magazine written by and for enlisted men, Bushemi specialized in "photography from a rifle's length vantage point," according to Bushemi's colleague, Merle Miller.

Bushemi died Feb. 19, 1944, when he and other correspondents became the targets for a series of Japanese knee-mortar shells during the invasion of Eniwetok.

Shrapnel from the shells hit and mortally wounded the photographer. As navy surgeons frantically attempted to save his life, Bushemi gave his epitaph, telling Miller, "Be sure to get those pictures back to the office."

Images of both his battleship funeral service and his funeral service back home in Gary are included in the exhibit.

The exhibit will be on display until Sept. 24.

The society is also planning an Open House, "A Salute to Veterans," from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, and other special events are being planned.

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