Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The Ingram Library will host Edward LaPorta as a guest speaker for the photograph exhibit, “Images of Small Town Americans in World War II,” on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.
LaPorta, an Italian immigrant, was one of 20 men in his company of 220 to survive the invasion of North Africa. Taken prisoner by the Germans, he was confined to camps in Italy and Germany. On transfer from one German camp to another, he refused to abandon a sick friend, pulling him on a makeshift sled and then carrying him the remaining 80 miles, saving his life.
The photographs tell the stories of Technical Sergeant LaPorta, U.S. Navy Signalman Grady “Pete” Burnette, First Lieutenant Dorothy “Dot” Bacon and Private First Class Arthur Crowe, Jr.
The personal collections of 18 men and women who served in Europe, the Pacific and North Africa in World War II documents a pivotal time in these soldiers’ lives and in American and world history.
In 2000, Smyrna resident Patricia Burns started collecting veterans’ oral histories and historical war items for the Smyrna Museum. The photographs in the exhibit were contributed from the veterans’ personal collections.
The photographs will be on display through Friday, Dec. 12. The exhibit is free and the community is welcome to attend.
Ingram Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. – 2 a.m.
For more information, call 678-839-5337.