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Kerr Eby (1889-1946)

 

Gently Does It
Kerr Eby #22
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-DF

 

Brawny, sweating Marines aid Navy Hospital corpsmen in the delicate task of lowering a wounded comrade down a steep cliff on Bougainville Island.

 

Hauling the Sling Gently Over the Rail
Kerr Eby #6
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-CP

Last stage of the arduous trip back from the front lines is reached for this casualty, being hoisted abroad a transport. Soon he will be relaxing on a soft bunk, with skilled medical care and good food in prospect during the voyage to a base hospital.

 

SAY A-A-A-A-H
Kerr Eby #32
Charcoal drawing, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-DP

 
Infections can disable a man as quickly as enemy bullets, so a frequent check is made of American fighting men. This Marine has his throat examined by a Navy hospital corpsman to the usual sound elicited by: "Say a-a-a-h!"

 

Dentist of Bougainville
Kerr Eby #27
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-DK

 

An aching tooth can incapacitate a fighting man almost as quickly and just as painfully as a battle wound. Officers in the Navy Dental Corps go into the front lines with troops and set up "offices," as this one at Bougainville has done, within gun range of the foe.

 

A Friend in Need (Jungle Rot)
Kerr Eby #14
Charcoal drawing, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-CX

Afflicted with jungle rot in an embarrassing and painful locale, this Marine, somewhere on the Pacific front, is treated by a hospital corpsman.

 

Down the Net
Kerr Eby #10
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-CT

 

Like a flowing stream, Marines come over the side of the transport for the attack of Tarawa.

 

The Wave Breaks On the Reef
Kerr Eby #2
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbot Laboratories
88-159-CL


Jarred to a halt by a hidden reef, an assault boat is abandoned by a unit of Marines. Doomed to near-extinction by a storm of enemy fire, long since trained on this objective, the group pushes forward to a man into the hindering water, into the teeth of the deadly storm.

 

D-Day On Tarawa
Kerr Eby #5
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbot Laboratories
88-159-CO

Wading through a leaden surf under an overcast sky, wave on wave of U.S. Marines doggedly brave a deadly sheet of fire to secure a beachhead on Tarawa in the Gilberts on November 20 1943. Overhead, Navy dive bombers scream down through a blanket of black smoke to blast at the Japanese, entrenched in nearly invulnerable pillboxes.

Online Exhibits that feature Kerr Eby's work
Amphibious Operations in the Pacific Theater

Marines in Action
Navy Medical Art of the Abbott Collection

 

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6 December 1999