Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Art-Portraits of the Currahee, 101st Airborne

The Currahee Military Weekend, 2011, is now part of history, and my work as an artist just begins.

I have attended the event, held in Toccoa, Georgia, since it’s beginning, and can state without reservation it just gets better and better each year. I have met people from all over the world who have attended, and the military is very well represented. 

Re-enactors, tour groups, historians, vehicle restoration/preservation groups, and individuals, display machines and equipment one would not be able to view without great effort. Here, all in one place, exhibited by people, groups, and clubs who take such great pride and joy providing the opportunity for you and your family to touch, to learn, and to begin to understand how it all fits together to make up the fabric of our culture, our history, our past and perhaps a glimpse of our future. 

This year, brought something new (other than new Art) in the offering of an eMail service. I was able to explain to interested visitors what the service was (you guessed it… email addresses) how it worked, and the process of reservations and membership. MORE

This year, there were several of the original Paratroopers, men who trained at Camp Currahee . The 501ST PIR, 506TH PIR, 511TH PIR, 517TH PIR, the 295TH ORDNANCE HEAVY MAINTENANCE COMPANY and the 38TH SIGNAL LIGHT CONSTRUCTION BATTALION all called Camp Toccoa “home”. 

I was able to spend some time talking with, and photographing, these men. The first portrait completed was that of Ed “Doc” Pepping, a Medic with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, and was one of the men portrayed in the HBO mini-series "Band of Brothers".

----------------View the Doc Pepping Portrait HERE------------

The second completed is that of 1/Lt Reed Pelfrey, 506 PIR - D-Day RHQ Pathfinder - Screaming Eagles, Currahee, 101st Airborne, WWII

---------------View the Reed Pelfrey Portrait HERE---------------

One observation struck me though. Although overall (event) attendance is up, (anecdotal observation) the numbers of WWII paratroopers is fewer, and the time of physical interaction is precious. I am personally grateful that these men are so patient, and willing, to give so much, once again, to us all.

I am, as are so many others, pleased that I was able to say to them, again:
Thank you for your service.
Joe Satterwhite

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