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WWII Memorial Sculpture Panels Depict Military, Civilian Contributions

By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2004 – The National World War II Memorial features a series of 24 sculpture panels on its ceremonial entrance walls.

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One of 12 Pacific front sculptured panels at the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., depicts the Navy in action. Photo by Rudi Williams
  

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American Battle Monuments Commission officials said the panels depict the all- out mobilization of America's agricultural, industrial, military and human resources that transformed the country into the arsenal of democracy as well as the breadbasket of the world.

The 12 Atlantic front panels include depictions of enlistment of women into the military, , paratroopers, the Normandy Beach landing, medics in the field, the Battle of the Bulge and other scenes.

Among the 12 Pacific front panels are scenes depicting Pearl Harbor, embarkation, shipbuilding, jungle warfare and liberation.

The panels are but one part of the memorial, which honors the 16 million Americans who served in the armed forces during the war, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort at home.

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Click photo for screen-resolution imageA sculpture representing women in the military is among 12 Atlantic front panels at the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Photo by Rudi Williams  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageWomen working in an aircraft factory during World War II are depicted on on of 12 Atlantic front panels at the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Photo by Rudi Williams  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageTanks in combat are the subject of one of 12 Atlantic front panels at the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Photo by Rudi Williams  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageAmericans conducting a bond drive are part of the homefront World War II effort depicted on one of 12 Pacific front panels at the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Photo by Rudi Williams  
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