Forester Lecture to feature local WWII photographer

Huntington, Ind.—Retired Sgt. William Jones, a Huntington resident, will speak as part of Huntington University’s Forester Lecture Series on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. Jones will present his experience as a World War II photographer in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

Jones served as an Army Air Corps aerial photographer. His low altitude photos of the damage done in Hiroshima and Nagasaki have earned his photos the rights to rest in the Smithsonian archives, as well as the National Air and Space Museum and the National Atomic Museum. They are also on display throughout the country at various museums and national airbases.

Retired Sgt. William Jones
In addition to his photographic work, Jones made his debut on the silver screen. He is featured in the documentary “Indiana Aviation Heroes” with aviation greats Amelia Earhart and Margaret Ringenberg. Jones was also in the film “Spreading Wings, playing the part of a 1937 news photographer. “Spreading Wings” was shown at the 2005 International Windsong Film Festival.

Additionally, Jones is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and served as president of the Professional Photographers of Indiana from 1984-1985. He is currently the president of the Hoosier Air Museum in Auburn, Ind., and has given his atomic bomb speech more than 250 times.

Nagasaki, looking east, winter of 1945-1946, taken by retired Sgt. William Jones
Huntington University presents the Forester Lecture Series each semester. The lectures are designed to bring interesting people and topics to the attention of students and the regional community. All lectures are open to the public free of charge.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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