[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.
This undated drawing by Haymes shows a soldier (possibly a sniper) slumped in a chair with his rifle propped up against a wall in a partially bombed-out building, with explosions occurring in the background. This is possibly a self-portrait of Haymes, drawn while he was in Europe. Note the melancholy mood of the piece, which may reflect Haymes’ attitudes towards his job as a sniper. It reflects the traumatic nature of war as experienced by an American soldier.
Credit line: ©Joseph Albert Haymes Jr., Accession # 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.