The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

May 20, 2013

Dothan museum hosts exhibit of World War II images

Associated Press

— DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — A new exhibit at a southeast Alabama museum includes dozens of photographs from World War II.

The exhibit, "Memories of World War II Photographs from the Archives of The Associated Press," will be on display at the Wiregrass Museum in Dothan now through July 14.

The museum becomes one of more than 20 museums throughout the U.S. that have shown the exhibit since it originally opened to the public on May 24, 2004, at Washington's Union Station, The Dothan Eagle reported ( ).

It features 126 photos from all theaters of World War II and the home front and includes AP photographer Joe Rosenthal's classic Iwo Jima flag-raising in 1945.

The exhibit officially opened in Dothan on Sunday with a ceremony honoring veterans and their sacrifices with speakers that included Edward B. Ledford, a retired U.S. Army major who served in World War II.

Veteran George Curenton, 93, said photographs of Gen. Douglas MacArthur and of a nameless sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square stuck out to him on his recent visit to the exhibit.

Curenton said he fed the troops as a mess sergeant during World War II.

The exhibit, he said, "means a lot to me because this is actually the end of the World War II veterans.

"We need something so that those still living will never forget that time in history," he said.