World War II exhibit opening at the Rockpile Museum
Written by broebling on February 13, 2018
Press Release – The Campbell County Rockpile Museum is pleased to announce a temporary exhibit featuring original World War II images by photographer’s mate J.L. “Jack” Bennick. Join us for the exhibit opening on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm for light refreshments and a brief discussion about Jack Bennick and his photos. This exciting exhibit showcases never-before-seen photographs taken during Bennick’s time of service in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy. These amazing images include military planes and ships, USO performances, native tribes of the region, and a little-known visit from Eleanor Roosevelt.
J.L. “Jack” Bennick was born and raised in Gillette, WY. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1939. During WWII, he served in South Pacific and on September 15, 1942, he survived the sinking of the USS WASP. He was discharged from service in October 1945. After returning home, he worked at Stockmens Bank for 40 years until retirement. Jack also served on the Gillette City Council for 10 years.
Views of Vanuatu will open February 15th and run through May 1st. Please contact the Campbell County Rockpile Museum at 307-682-5723 with any questions.