Exhibitions: WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath

IN CONVERSATION

Our visitors respond to this 30-second video.

  • Ed, thank you so much for sharing your story.
    Have you revisited any of the overseas places you were stationed?
    Thanks for your time.
    Matt

    — Matt

    Yes I have visited the Philippines twice since my service and there will be a third time this year. And my wife happens to be a Filipina.

  • What is the thing that you most remember about your time in the military?

    — Maddie H.

    The training was rigid and it required stamina and discipline. I had the training for the Navy which encompassed the Air Wing Division in the Navy. But it was not all serious stuff, there was time for fun and camaraderie when on board the ship and land liberty. One thing though that I cannot forget is the stress and anticipation of the fighting itself.

  • What type of ship did you serve on? What were your duties?

    — Paul

    I served aboard an aircraft carrier, the USS Boxer, during the Korean War. I collected and reported to the ship’s Weather Department about weather patterns and changes in order for the people to be updated in preparation for air raids and such.

  • I believe powerful exhibits like this one, as well as movies and books that capture the realism of battle and the men and women involved, are by nature anti-war. If more people were exposed to these and given the time and environment to reflect, the world might well be a different, les violent, place. Thoughts?

    — Ken

    Powerful exhibits like these are a reality and should be accepted. Yes, we may be anti-war as we do not like chaos, but when called in time of duty you should answer the call and serve your country. If most people were given time to reflect about the destruction of war, then peace agreements on both sides should be designed and established.

  • In any potentially bleak or sad moments what helped you to stay positive?

    — Amy

    In any war, the call to battle means anticipation, silence, waiting for the order and the time to go. To deal with these fears and anxieties you have to discuss it with your friends and loved ones – open up your fears, love and any other feelings. There is nothing to be ashamed of.