- Associated Press - Sunday, July 6, 2014

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (AP) - A new photography exhibit honoring an African American artillery battalion has opened at Camp Shelby’s Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.

The exhibit honors Col. Joseph Bailey Phillips Jr. of Hattiesburg and the 593rd Artillery Battalion, which served in the Pacific during World War II. During operations in Bougainville, New Guinea, and the Philippines, the 593rd earned a reputation for excellence.

Phillips was a Mississippi National Guard artillery officer before the war. Mobilized with the 31st “Dixie” Infantry Division in 1942, Phillips was transferred to Fort Huachuca, Arizona, to join the 593rd.

After the war, Phillips resumed service in the guard, retiring in 1955.

The exhibit is on view through August 8. The museum is free, operating Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information is at www.armedforcesmuseum.us.

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