Friday, November 09, 2007

Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam

U. S. Navy Memorial Lecture & Book Signing

Art Beltrone talks about and signs copies of his book,
Vietnam Graffiti: Messages from a Forgotten Troopship

Sunday, November 11, 11:00am
Veteran’s Day

in conjunction with the exhibit
Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam
Graffiti by Soldiers & Marines on Their Way to War

The book and exhibit showcase bunk canvases featuring scrawled inscriptions, signatures, cartoons, and poems by young servicemen headed to combat in the Vietnam War aboard the troopship the USNS General Nelson M. Walker. The ship shuttled thousands of young Americans ― most in their teens ― to Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. The graffiti included messages of patriotism, politics, humor, anxiety, and love, written for personal comfort, or to be seen by other troops who would then add more.

United States Navy Memorial
Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 123
Metro: Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter

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