Hoover Publishes a New Volume on the Navy Seabees in the WWII Pacific Theater

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Hoover Archives and Hoover Press have teamed together to publish The Battalion Artist: A US Navy Seabee's Sketchbook of War in the South Pacifica lavishly illustrated volume featuring the life and work of artist and US Navy Seabee Natale Bellantoni, whose collection is housed at Hoover. Natale Bellantoni, a young art student from Boston, sailed across the Pacific in 1943–45 and returned home with a sea chest of art and photographs documenting his experiences in New Caledonia, New Guinea, the Admiralty Islands, and Okinawa. Collected and published now for the first time, his watercolors, sketches, and photographs offer a window onto one of the most significant moments in American history.