Every speaker on the Vietnam War has a different story to tell, as all have different experiences, at different times and in different places. In this lecture, speaker Robert Franks will tell his story. Vietnam Veterans have drawn together partially because of their reception (or lack thereof) when they returned home. We greet each other with "Welcome Home, Bro" and possibly ask when they were there and where they served. Some served early in the war, guarding air bases. Between 1966 and 1967 (when Bob served) soldiers were more likely in the field and engaging in combat. After the TET offensive, there was mop-up and a more defensive role.
Bob will expand on the above ideas and explain his experiences as an Airborne Infantry Platoon Leader with the First Cavalry Division. Mr. Franks served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (Valor) and Air Medal. Prior to Vietnam, he graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School as a 2nd Lt, then went to Airborne School and was awarded his jump wings.
77 years ago on December 7th, the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Hawaii was attacked by aircraft from the Imperial Japanese Navy. America was at war. The tribute is held beneath the guns of the battleship USS Pennsylvania, which was a witness to that attack. There will also be guided tours and light refreshments.
Speaker John Crider will present some of the highlights of his experiences from 1983 to 1985 as the US Army special agent in charge of the field office responsible for US Defense Department counterterrorism and counterintelligence services in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and western Maryland. He will follow this with the highlights of his experiences as the Deputy Headquarters Security Officer at Allied Ground Forces Headquarters (AFCENT) at Brunssum, Netherlands and as the chief security officer for the HQ AFCENT War Mobile Element from 1986 through 1989. He will follow those crucial strategic events (both nationally and internationally) during the 1980's from the viewpoint of a strategic intelligence officer and express his opinions as to why the Cold War was won.
Chuck Teague will speak on “The Shadow of Napoleon on Lee at Gettysburg." No one was a keener student of Bonaparte than R. E. Lee; how he fought the battle and where he fell short is apparent in considering the maxims of Napoleon.
Take a private history tour of the outside tracked vehicles, including a look inside the crew compartments. Tour begins in the museum theater. Seating is limited; reservations required. The tour typically lasts 2 hours. Admission to event: $15.00 per person, or $5.00 with museum membership.
Colonel Lewis Watt will describe the path that lead him to test flying, experiences he had during several test programs, and the satisfaction he enjoyed teaching others to become test pilots. The Colonel calls these the best years of his life.
American Revolution Round Table of Central PA: "Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution"
Award-winning historian and author, David L. Preston will speak about this historical event which sparked the Seven Years’ War and had a profound impact on the Revolutionary War, decades later. Preston utilized previously untapped sources, allowing him to paint a gripping and immersive account of Braddock’s Defeat and the lessons learned by some of Braddock’s key men who were with him on that fateful trip, among them, George Washington, Thomas Gage, Horatio Gates, and Daniel Morgan.
Drinks and refreshments provided. Pre-registration is not required. Book signing and purchase at event.
Central PA Civil War Round Table: "For the People: A Photographic History of the Gettysburg National Military Park”
Speaker Jared Frederick will present a visual evolution of the Gettysburg Battlefield. Mr. Frederick is a History Instructor at Penn State Altoona where he specializes in various realms of American History. He is also a seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger at Gettysburg NMP.
Friends' Lecture Series: "War Fever! How the Government's Anti-German Propaganda Campaign Affected Central Pennsylvania"
How did official government propaganda campaigns push America into the First World War? How did these campaigns subsequently affect the course of politics and society over the next hundred years? How did this activity affect the people of Central Pennsylvania? Local historian and author Bruce Teeple will examine these questions and analyze the long-term repercussions.
A summer day camp of military instruction designed for children ages 8 to 13. Participants are assigned to platoons attending to three training stations staffed by prior service soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. A t-shirt, boonie hat, and lunch of Meals-Ready-to-Eat are provided. Pre-registration and a program fee of $40 required. Registration deadline: July 20, 2018.
Living historians bivouac on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum portraying the combat soldier of the Vietnam era in Southeast Asia. Daily programs include accompanying squads on Recon Patrols and a tactical patrol ambush demonstration at 1:30 p.m.
Vietnam helicopter pilot Ed Ramon talks about his two tours in South Vietnam (1966-1968) and his difficulty in adjusting to civilian life upon returning home. It wasn’t until after the suicides of his father and brother, both combat veterans, that he took it upon himself to study Post Traumatic Stress. With the help of author Chris Brady, Ramon tells that story in a book of the same title. Donation Requested.
Mr. Schroeder will dress in a Zouave uniform and display more Zouave uniforms as he discusses their origin in Africa and France and the Zouaves who wore these uniforms in the Civil War.
Group instruction in close order drill, military etiquette, and history of the 28th Infantry Division Shrine designed as an educational adjunct of those enrolling in the August Boot Camp For Kids. Lunch provided. $25 per person. Reservations required.