WW II Germany Remembered
In the latter part of April 1945, an eighteen year old soldier from Virginia arrived at a U.S. Army "Replacement Depot" in Stolberg, Germany. He was one of many recently trained Infantry Replacements. The war in Europe would end with V.E. Day on May 8, 1945, and by July many of the newly arrived troops would be in special detachments receiving additional training in preparation for going to the Pacific Theater for the invasion of Japan.
Pvt. Jim Work was in one of these detachments when the atom bombs were dropped in Japan and the war soon ended. Duty with the U.S. Army of Occupation afforded the opportunity for Work to spend time in several areas, make photographs, drawing sketches and gaining knowledge about the area and people.
On Tuesday, February 8, Jim Work will speak at The Museum Issues Forum at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas about the people and places he encountered while stationed in Germany and how it had changed when he visited the area 30 years later. He will discuss how his experiences influenced his paintings which are currently on display in the museum. After his return home from Europe in 1946, Work reenlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve, enrolled in the Virginia Military Institute and graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a commission as a 2nd Lt. in the USAR. He married Arlene Hall in March of 1951 and had three children. Work stayed in the Reserves for over 40 years and retired as Lt. Col. James Work and at the same time had a successful engineering career in industry.
The Bush Museum Issues Forum strives to present leading experts in their respective fields. The forum also provides a vehicle in which the local community can be engaged in discussion concerning topics and issues that face our nation. In the past, the Museum Issues Forum has addressed a wide variety of topics including terrorism, LBJ, Central Europe, and the role of intelligence in national security.
The forum begins at 7 p.m. in the Bush Museum’s Orientation Theater. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are recommended. For more information, or to make reservations, call Amanda Urrutia at 979-691-4015.