Joe Connaughton, contributing author to The 319th in Action, gives lecture on WWII experiences at the Huntsville Museum of Art.
On September 22 Joe Connaughton, contributing author to Harold Oyster and Esther Oyster Queneau’s excellent compilation, The 319th in Action, conducted a lecture at the Huntsville Museum of Art, during the museum’s Memories of World War II exhibition. The 319th in Action is published in reprint by The Ardent Writer Press.
To a wall-filling crowd of over 200, Joe explained the many facets of the daily life and missions of his WWII experiences. Joe, a bombardier with the 319th Bomb Group, conducted missions in both Italy and Southern France in 1944 and ’45. His discussion was both thought-provoking and at times funny as he painted the canvas of everyday life in the theater of WWII. Afterwards, he conducted a question and answer that had to end too early for most folks. He received questions from young and old, but the most poignant were those from fellow soldiers that also lived a life in that momentous era.
He was introduced by Laura Smith, Director of Education and the Museum Academy, daughter of fellow Ardent Writer author, Annie Laura Smith. Annie attended also. Further comments and introductions were made by Jamie Dodson, a former U.S. Army intelligence and special ops officer, who is a writer in his own right, author of the Nick Grant Series of Adventures.
After the lecture the audience attended a reception in Joe’s honor and were able to attend the Museum’s inspiring exhibition, Memories of World War II: Photographs from the Archives of The Associated Press.