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World War II Round Table

Autumn continues to be especially busy. A highlight was traveling to Minneapolis-Saint Paul for a book talk to the Harold C. Deutsch World War II Round Table. The talk, drawing around 200, was preceded by a lively your outreach meeting with an opportunity for high school students to engage with World War II veterans. This time, that involved two B-29 aircrewmen. The area has a rich and fascinating history to which Col. Don Patton was my enthusiastic guide (Thanks again, Don!). Pictured is a 4-inch gun from the “four-piper” destroyer U.S.S. Ward. Early on the morning of December 7, 1941, the Ward detected and attacked a Japanese miniature submarine attempting to penetrate Pear Harbor. Thus, the Ward fired the first American shots in the Pacific War. The gun was removed during a refit and, later in the war, the Ward was sunk by a Kamikaze off Okinawa.

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