WHEN THE “PACIFIC” WAS ANYTHING BUT…
We have recently received several visits and a donation from Aristotle Ares, a Miami Beach native who served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in the Pacific campaigns during the Second World War. Hearing about the museum’s collection of war propaganda, Mr. Ares came to visit bearing some WWII artifacts that he had collected at the time and preserved through the present.
We already possessed in our own collection a number of propaganda leaflets dropped by the Axis powers (Germany, Italy, and Japan) behind enemy lines with the aim of sapping the morale of the Allied troops.
Ironically, however, we had little in the way of U.S. propaganda designed for the same effect. Mr. Ares was generous enough to remedy that particular deficiency by donating several leaflets designed to be dropped on the Japanese.
Mr. Ares was also willing to part with such treasured mementos as his U.S.S. Yorktown yearbook, several menus, and a number of period photographs of himself and his fellow servicemen aboard the carrier.
We know that these materials will be an important resource for historians and researchers interested in the Second World War, and war propaganda in general.