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World War II Watercolors and Serving in Korea: Two New Exhibits Opening at USAHEC

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Between 1944 and 1945, Sergeant Frederick Counsel served his country with a brush rather than a rifle. One of his beautiful watercolors showcases a woman napping in vibrant green grass, as a G.I. in uniform fishes next to her in a bright blue stream. Another painting illustrates a sea of green uniforms marching through stunning colorful landscapes.


Fast forward to 1950, and the scenes are much drearier. The Korean War is depicted through black and white photographs of Soldiers bundled up from head to toe on a frozen tundra. Photo after photo shows the bleak, everyday life of combat among heavy equipment, firepower, and lots of snow.


Visitors can compare and contrast the two conflicts on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Noon, with a double exhibit opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new art exhibit The Making of an American Army: The WWII Artwork of Frederick Counsel, and another brand new exhibit “Where the Hell is Korea?” – Warfare in the Land of Sorrow.


The Making of an American Army is a G.I. view of Army life, as depicted in thirty original paintings by Sergeant Fred Counsel, Soldier-artist. Through watercolors, Counsel traced his career around several Army Air Force Training Centers during World War II. Familiar scenes of Mess Halls and Barracks, along with fellow Soldiers, served as his subjects.  All of the works are rendered in a free-flowing style with controlled, expressive colors. His work tells the story of when all America stood together, trained together, and served the country.


Five years after the end of World War II, on June 25, 1950, the North Korean People’s Army attacked south across the three year-old Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea. “Where the Hell is Korea?” – Warfare in the Land of Sorrow, showcases a variety of U.S. Army Soldiers, who served in each of the phases of the Korean War. Using original artifacts and archival materials from the collection, as well as unique immersive vignettes, the exhibit highlights the ground-level realities of one of America’s “forgotten wars.”



Light refreshments will be provided immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony. Visitors will have a chance to view the new exhibits and talk to the curators and exhibit teams who made it all possible. As always, USAHEC admission and parking are free and handicapped accessible. For more information, please visit or call 717-245-3972. 



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