Losing a 99-day battle to defend the Bataan peninsula from Imperial Japanese Army troops meant 3½ years of captivity and forced labor for Ben Steele and his fellow U.S. and Filipino soldiers, but the memory of Steele’s experience lives on today though his art.
What a great time daughter Julie Jorgenson and I had on the sixth Honor Flight! Julie was my escort as we viewed the World War II Memorial and all the other memorials. Just being in Washington was a wonderful experience. We were greeted at all stops by crowds of people cheering us on and exp…
Bataan survivor Ben Steele chats with volunteer Dan Carter as 84 WWII veterans and their escorts gather at Billings Logan International Airport for the sixth Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to see the memorial in their honor. Steele was being escorted by his daughter Julie Jorgenson, right.
^pThe Sandstone Art Gallery, 2913 Second Ave. N., is opening a new exhibit with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Ron Marker started carving wood just two years ago.
Humanities Montana will honor Humanities Heroes at 5 p.m. June 6 at the Western Heritage Center.
Humanities Montana has announced its "Humanities Heroes," and will honor them at a reception and awards ceremony at 5 p.m. on June 6 at the Western Heritage Center.
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View photos of the Veterans Day celebration at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.
Ben Steele center, World War ll prisoner of war and survivor of the Bataan Death March was among veterans Friday at the Veterans Day celebration at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.
Ben Steele, World War ll prisoner of war and survivor of the Bataan Death March rang a Military bell Friday signifying the end of WWI. The bell was rang at 11:00 am on 11/11/11 at the Veterans Day celebration at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.
MISSOULA — Ben Steele recalls the faces of the dead and dying along the roadside as he marched with thousands of other American prisoners of war from the Bataan Peninsula to the city of Capas in the Philippines. He remembers the bits of fire-pit charcoal that he squirreled to his prison cel…
Brandon Reintjes, curator at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture in Missoula, earlier this week hangs one of the drawings included in “War Torn: The Art of Ben Steele,” a collection of 68 drawings and paintings depicting the Billings veteran’s experiences during World War II. The exhibit o…
Ben Steele’s “Men and Rice, or The Beggars,” oil on canvas, circa 1950, is one of his images from the Bataan Death March on display at the University of Montana’s Museum of Art and Culture. Most of Steele’s 11 oil paintings and 78 charcoal drawings of the Death March, which he witnessed firs…
As a child, Lance Johnson remembers peering up at his mother’s canvas, watching her paint and hoping for the day he could be an artist, too.
Lynne Montague says the book club she belongs to has never had a special name. Members just call it The Book Club.
Born in Roundup and raised in the Bull Mountains, Montana artist, Ben Steele, portrays his native state in drawings, watercolors, oils and lithographs. He loves the subtleties of the prairie country, as well as the stunning effect of the mountains, and he paints both exceedingly well.