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ERIC Number: EJ1043137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Broadening Student Understanding of Wartime Experience through Original Works of Art and Personal Accounts
Potter, Lee Ann
Social Education, v77 n5 p228-231 Oct 2013
Tracy A. Sugarman served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant, junior grade, in the European theater during World War II. During his years of service from 1942-45, in addition to writing letters home, he recorded his experiences through original artwork. His sketches and watercolor paintings, completed before, during, and after D-Day, with titles such as "Small boat officer"; "Cutting spuds for chow"; "Waiting for D-Day, LST 491" (featured in this article); and "On the way to the LST 523 to pick up survivors" (featured in this article), illustrate his fellow servicemen, activities, equipment, and experiences. Sugarman was not alone in capturing his wartime experience through artwork. Samuel Boylston, an aspiring illustrator, decorated the envelopes of letters sent home with humorous scenes of GI life during World War II. Joseph Parrino served stateside with the Army's Signal Corps during the latter days of the Korean War and sketched both universal and unique experiences. Carl Fordahl's official duties in Vietnam were as a draftsman and illustrator, but he also became a combat artist. Many of their creative works, along with additional ones drawn and painted by other American veterans are available online from the Veterans History Project ( Introducing students to these types of materials may broaden their understanding of wartime experience, and doing so in a "step-by-step" way can reinforce their ability to recognize the value of consulting multiple sources, in a variety of media, as they seek information on any subject.
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Language: English
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