[This blog post was written by Matthew Peek, Military Collection Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina.]Originally from Virginia, Joseph Albert Haymes Jr. was a WWII sniper in Europe in the Third Army, under the leadership of Gen. George Patton. Haymes was awarded the Bronze Star as well as the Purple Heart for wounds while a sniper. Before the war, he studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. While in Europe, he created drawings and paintings during his downtime which demonstrated his views and the mood of Americans in WWII. Haymes came to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1950, and was a partner in one of North Carolina’s most important advertising firms—Long, Haymes and Carr, Inc.
Haymes Jr. created this pencil and paper drawing in 1945 while in Germany. It shows a chow line outside of a military camp tent in Europe, with American soldiers getting water and food from a shirtless chow line server. It shows how an American soldier used art to express his view of the war, to observe the activities of his fellow soldiers, and to cope with tragedy seen around him.
Credit line: ©Joseph Albert Haymes Jr., Acc. # 2015.5.71, Military Collection, State Archives of North Carolina
This blog post is one in two-week series of posts sharing the items used in the exhibit titled “The Family Traditions of Service: A Historical Tribute to Veterans.” This exhibit, on display from November 3 to November 13, 2015, at the Dare County Arts Council building in Manteo, N.C., is sponsored by the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center, the exhibit serves as a historical tribute to over 100 years of military service of North Carolina residents and their families, with particular emphasis on coastal North Carolina. The goal of the exhibit is to honor the role of North Carolina veterans and their families during peacetime and war. The items from this exhibit come from the holdings of the Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina and the Outer Banks History Center.