|Sergeant James P. Connor
|FES Title:||Portrait of Sgt. James P. Connor Congressional Medal of Honor|
|Alternate Titles:|| James P. Connor, Sergeant, A. U.S.
|Size:||30″H x 25″W|
|Published:|| “Sketch Book…featuring the work of outstanding Delaware artists.” Dateline Delaware, September-October, 1960: 26.
caption: Schoonover painting portrait of Sgt. James Connor, Delaware recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. This work hangs in the State House, Dover.
Schoonover, Cortlandt. Frank Schoonover, Illustrator of the North American Frontier. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1976: 189.
|Inscription:||lr: Frank E. Schoonover / May 1945|
|Annotations:|| en verso: “Painting of Sergeant James P. Connor
by Frank E. Schoonover, 1615 N. Rodney St., Wil-Del May 1945
|Exhibitions:||1945 Connor Wilmington: 1945 Conner Dover; 1947 WWII|
|Comments:||TP 2/26/03; form 2/26/03; index;|
|Commentary:|| During World War II, Sergeant James Connor, of Delaware, served with the 3rd Infantry and displayed heroic action during the invasion on Cape Cavalaire in Southern France. “On August 15,1944, Sgt Connor, through sheer grit and determination, led his platoon in clearing an enemy vastly superior in numbers and firepower from strongly entrenched positions on Cape Cavalaire, removing a grave enemy threat to his division during the amphibious landing.” (“Medal of Honor Recipients”, State of Delaware, 30)
Though wounded several times, Connor refused medical aid and continued to lead his men, successfully completing their mission. After the war, he was awarded a citation for ‘Conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life and beyond the call of duty’ and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, and 2 Bronze Stars.
|Provenance:||Commissioned by Delaware State Museums, Dover, Delaware |