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Views of Vanuatu: WWII Through the Lens of Jack Bennick
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. 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, Wyoming and he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1939. During WWII, he served in the 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 Stockmen's 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 September 1st. Please contact the Campbell County Rockpile Museum at 307-682-5723 with any questions.
UPDATE: Due to its popularity, Views of Vanuatu has been extended until September 1st at the Rockpile Museum.