My Father - The Mapmaker, His Life and His Art
The Odyssey of the 95th Victory Division World War II
A message from the author, Lynda C. Porter:After both of my parents had passed away, my sister and I began sorting and clearing our parentís home. We discovered volumes of our fatherís paintings, posters, insignia designs, and numerous files of his writings and educational materials. I found these to be the goldmines of his life, and the treasures of mine. Among the treasures were my fatherís paintings from World War II, as well as maps and writings about his experiences during the War. The number of all of these combined literary and painted works of art was overwhelming. The statement that Dad lived his life through his art and his words would be an understatement. These creations tell the history of his life-time in written and bold pictorial form.
After spending countless hours absorbing his scrapbook, lectures, public speeches, art work and The 95th Victory Division World War II, history books, newsletters, the videos my fatherís speeches and his Maps, his story came to life. My dadís creation ďThe Odyssey of the 95th Victory DivisionĒ was a gift from his heart to the soldiers and families from his Division. It hung in our family room for years. It was finally time for the stories of The Odyssey Map and my father, to finally be shared. This is our history, to be cherished and learned from, as these veterans and their strength and fortitude will soon be a thing of the past, as we all will be one day. This book is a gift to my parents and my family so that the story can be taken to heart and preserved for generations to come. I hope that you will join our journey through his written and spoken words. His timely, emotional paintings and the sense of history and intent of its origin will touch your heart, as it has mine.
The following is a small sampling of the over 150 paintings and sketches in the book.
Below is Richard E. Clark's map, The Odyssey of the 95th Victory Division and the image entitled, The Big Picture, illustrating a 95th Division's Artillery Headquarter's Staff Meeting.
Below is the sketch Troops Arriving in Metz and another sketch drawn while onboard the ship headed towards England entitled, Embarkation August 9th, 1944.
The following is a painting done in England during the war and is entitled, Pub Whitchurch, England. Another painting depicts a funeral procession in Belgium, entitled, Funeral, Belgium.