|Walker Hancock, Lamont Moore, George Stout and two unidentified soldiers in Marburg, Germany, June 1945.
(Thomas Carr Howe papers, Archives of American Art)
It shows me, once again, that the WWII generation was truly the Greatest Generation.
"These men not only had the vision to understand the grave threat to the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of civilization, but then joined the front lines to do something about it." (from TheMonumentsMen.com)Today we are very fortunate that these men had the passion and tenacity to rescue some of our world's greatest treasures.
If you want to read more about it, Smithsonian did an informative article on the Monuments Men.
Or go see the movie, I highly recommend it.
George Clooney's movie, Monuments Men was based on the book, Monuments Men by Robert Edsel.