Coffee and Conversation
9-11am the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month and special events
9 May – Don Whipple – Don served with the US Marine Corps during WW2 and participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima with the 5th Marine Division, 13th Marine Regiment, during which he was an artillery forward observer. Later Don had the opportunity of visiting Nagasaki during the occupation of Japan.
23 May – Edgar Riehl – Edgar was a co-pilot on B-25 bombers during WW2 in the Pacific and participated in over 55 missions over New Guinea and other islands. After the War, Edgar stayed in the Army Air Corps (later Air Force) and participated in the Berlin Airlift.
6 June – Ed Gitlin – Special interview and book signing event – Ed served a an infantryman with the 100th Division in Europe during WWII. During fighting related to the Battle of the Bulge, Ed and other soldiers were captured by the Germans and suffered through two POW camps before final release by the Russians. He has an inspiring story of courage, sacrifice, survival and resilience. Also will have a brief commemoration of the D-Day landings in Normandy.
13 June – E. “Lucky” McGinty – During WWII, “Lucky” served with the 336th Squadron, 95th Bomb Group stationed at Horham, England. He served as a gunner on B-17 bombers flying 29 missions over France and Germany.
20 June – Bob Moulder – Special Talk on the Battle of Gettysburg – Our museum special expert on the Civil War will come dressed as a Union officer and give a fascinating talk on the battle and share some of his extensive collection of Civil War artifacts.
If you know of someone who would love to share their military experience, please contact the museum with the person’s name and contact information and we will contact them for availability in our schedule.