11th Annual Haydn Williams WWII Memorial Legacy Lecture featuring author James M. Scott
The Friends of the National World War II Memorial will sponsor the 11th Annual Haydn Williams World War II Memorial Legacy Lecture on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 9:00 AM at the National Defense University’s Lincoln Hall Auditorium and online via NDU's online portal.
Mr. Scott's lecture, titled Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Rallied a Nation, will explore the April 18, 1942 mission when eighty volunteer airmen under the command of Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle lifted off from the deck of the carrier Hornet for a strike on the Japanese capital of Tokyo. A virtual suicide mission, the raid helped rally a shell-shocked nation and jumpstarted Japan on the road to ruin.
Hosted annually at the National Defense University as part of the "President's Lecture Series”, the Haydn Williams World War II Memorial Legacy Lecture is an annual public lecture series that features preeminent historians and scholars speaking on the lasting significance and impact of World War II on America and the world.
Previous Legacy Lecturers have included Rick Atkinson; Sir Max Hastings; Dr. Craig Symonds; Dr. David Kennedy; Tom Brokaw; Victor Davis Hanson; William Hitchcock; Dr. Andrew Roberts; Alex Kershaw; and Ian W. Toll.
Registration is required.