Monthly Conference Series

Saturday, January 15

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

10:00AM to 10:55AM (ET)
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One Man's Legacy

Colonel Robert (Bob) Meek Jr., USA(R)

Bob Meek is a retired Army Reserve officer. He worked as a manufacturing engineer and a House and Senate Aide.

Bob's father, Robert H. Meek, served as a B-25 Pilot in the Mediterranean Theater and was KIA on a bombing mission near Milan, Italy. His son and only child, Robert H. Meek Jr., tells his story and the legacy he left the world.

11:00AM to 11:55AM (ET)
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Project Recover: Keeping America's Promise

Dr. Derek Abbey and Dr. Patrick Scannon

Derek Abbey, Ph.D. spent 23 years in the United States Marine Corps, as well as several years working in higher education and the non-profit sector. He has been a member of Project Recover for more than 18 years and currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Scannon has a background in medicine (MD/Board certified in Internal Medicine), chemistry (PhD) and biotechnology (founder of XOMA, 1981). He is founder of The BentProp Project  (1993) and its follow-on, Project Recover, Inc. (2012), both 501c3 organizations dedicated to locating and returning home American military Missing in Action.

This presentation explores the expanding efforts of Project Recover in searching for, locating, and repatriating America's missing in action (MIA). Project Recover has expanded from a grassroots effort in the jungles and waters of Palau to implementing and developing some of the most advanced technologies around the world with the primary focus being returning lost service members to their loved ones and bringing healing to Gold Star families.

12:00PM to 1:00PM (ET)
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A Discussion with WWII Veteran Dixon Hemphill

Mr. Dixon Hemphill joined the U.S. Navy in June 1943 and sailed in the Atlantic from June 1944 until December 1944 as a turret officer. He sailed aboard the transport USS Buttner from San Francisco to China arriving in Shanghai in January 1945. He remained in the Naval Reserve, retiring as a Commanding Officer of an intelligence division with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

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