Monthly Conference Series

Saturday, November 20

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

10:00AM to 10:55AM (ET)
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Son of a Gold Star: What I Learned About My Father

Sam Tannenbaum

Sam Tannenbaum is a Descendent Member of the 83rd Infantry Division Association, the sole surviving son of Private Henry I. Tannenbaum, who was killed in action during the Battle of the Bulge. Sam is a retired Certified Fund Raising Executive. He was previously employed as an adjunct professor, author, business owner, government administrator, grant writer, longshoreman, and teacher of scriptural studies.

In this presentation, Sam discusses the odyssey of a WWII war orphan and what he learned about the death and life of his father.

11:00AM to 11:55AM (ET)
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The Creation of the National World War II Memorial

Rolland Kidder

Rolland E. Kidder is an American politician and author from New York State. Born in Jamestown, New York, Kidder served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Kidder graduated from Houghton College and SUNY Buffalo Law School. He later served on the American Battle Monuments Commission and the National World War II Memorial Design Committee.

Learn about the creation of the National World War II Memorial through Rolland's experiences with the American Battle Monuments Commission, Haydn Williams, and the Site and Design Committee.

12:00PM to 1:00PM (ET)
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A Jewish American Veteran’s WWII Journey

Frank Cohn

Retired Army Colonel Frank Cohn was born in Breslau, Germany in 1925 and escaped to the U.S. with his parents at the age of 13. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in the European Theater of Operations during the Battle of the Bulge and later met the Soviets at the Elbe River. During the subsequent Occupation, he served as Sergeant of the Guard at Obersursel guarding the war criminals tried in the 2nd Nuremberg trial and shipping documents back to the States for examination in support of war crime prosecutions. He currently lives in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

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