On October 22, 2015, Congressional leaders will present a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of the Monuments Men. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor the U.S. Congress can bestow upon civilians. One of the civilians being recognized in this case will be Joseph A. Horne (1911-1987).
It has been my pleasure over the past few years to research just a bit into the life of Mr. Horne. Through his life journey, I’ve gained a deeper understanding of U.S. and world history. I’ve been cataloging and sharing my findings on this blog in a series of Interludes. Mr. Horne served his country throughout his life and part of that service included a very active role as a Monuments Man. While I hope you have a chance to review the whole Interludes series, following are links to the two specific chapters chronicling efforts made by dedicated men and women during and after World War II to preserve, protect and return stolen works of art and books … efforts that actually continue to this day.
P. S. I hope to complete the Interludes series by year’s end. After service as a Monuments man, Mr. Horne continued his career with the U.S. Information Service, interacting with people around the world, rich and poor, literary giants, musicians, and with kings and queens. “Walking” with him offered me a glimpse of worlds that are no more. I look forward to sharing the stories.