Monthly Conference Series

Friends of the National World War II Memorial presents a Monthly Conference Series to learn more about the spirit of unity and shared purpose that defined the character of our country during World War II.  This series of monthly half-day virtual conferences features discussions with WWII veterans, war orphans, published authors, and other experts. New York Times best-selling author and Friends' Resident Historian Alex Kershaw moderates the discussions after each presentation.

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September - April
Third Saturday Monthly
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET

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Saturday, April 15

The Asia-Pacific War and the Japanese-American experience.

10:00AM to 10:55AM (ET)
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Angels Against the Sun

James Fenelon

James Fenelon is an author and regular contributor to World War II magazine and has been previously published in FlyPast, Britain’s largest selling aviation magazine as well as ARMY and Military History.

In this presentation, James discusses his most recent book, Angels Against the Sun, which offers a boots-on-the-ground perspective of paratroopers in the daring campaign to liberate the Philippines in World War II. The 11th Airborne - nicknamed ‘The Angels’ - were pitted against two merciless foes: the Imperial Japanese Army and the combined forces of monsoons, swamps, insects, mud, privation and disease. The Angels’ combat operations were some of the most dramatic of the war, ranging from miserable jungle battles to the gritty urban combat required to push the Japanese out of Manila, the Philippines’ capital.

11:00AM to 11:55AM (ET)
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Valley of the Shadow

Whitney Galbraith

Whitney Galbraith presents this self-published volume of his father's World War II memoir Valley of the Shadow: An Account of American POWs of the Japanese.

Valley of the Shadow is an authoritative account of the Fall of the Philippines in 1942, particularly the final surrender of Corregidor, and of the fate of American prisoners of war, based on the experiences of Colonel Nicoll F. “Nick” Galbraith. His 1,100 or so flimsies that are the original longhand script were only recently discovered, together with two flags that reveal Colonel Galbraith’s vital role.

12:00PM to 1:00PM (ET)
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A Discussion with WWII Veteran Philip Horowitz

Mr. Philip Horowitz was born on August 16th, 1921, in New York City. He joined the U.S. Army as a Private First Class in Company C, 202nd Engineer Combat Battalion. Mr. Horowitz displayed exemplary determination and courage during the liberation of Southern France and the Battle of the Rhineland, earning several awards.

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