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One Shot – April 2nd – May 7th
April 2 - May 7
Visitors to the exhibit will be immersed in the Gary native’s views through numerous magazine covers and personal photographs, including those of the soldiers with whom he traveled. One series of photographs shows soldiers training at Ft. Bragg, in what Bushemi’s friend and colleague Marion Hargrove called the “Hardening Process.” Another series includes close-up portraits of soldiers who were featured in a YANK article about the battle for New Georgia.
Bushemi died February 19, 1944, when he and other correspondents became the target 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 Bushemi’s life, the photographer gave his epitaph, telling colleague Merle Miller “be sure to get those pictures back to the office.” Images of both Bushemi’s battleship funeral service and his funeral service back home in Gary, Ind., are included in the exhibit.