History Comes Alive – Meet Veterans from Battle of Guadalcanal –
Brookdale Community College’s Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution special events for fall will honor “The Greatest Generation” beginning with a free event on Saturday, October 13, the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal Commemoration. History will come alive with actual veterans from the conflict present including distinguished Battle veterans Thomas J. Mahoney, Union. Also, veteran Paul Ryan, New York City, Albert R. Petro, Toms River, will attend. Members of the 4th Amphibious Tractor Battalion will be recognized. Displays, exhibits and pre-program entertainment start at 10:00 a.m. Featured guest speakers will include Dr. David Ulbrich, Command Historian, U.S. Army Engineer School and author of “Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the U.S. Marines 1936-1943.” Also speaking will be Major Michael Ogden, Commander, Marine Recruitment Command, N.J.
The Battle of Guadalcanal is now seen as a major turning point in the Pacific war from which Japan never recovered though the cost was heavy to the US. Following the fall of the Philippine Islands to the Japanese in the spring of 1942, the Battle of Guadalcanal was the first real test of land strength between the militaries of Japan and the U.S. in the Pacific Theater of War. Seven major naval battles combined with the determination of the marines and army units ashore brought eventual victory for the American forces. It was a bloody and protracted struggle for the steamy, malaria-ridden, rain sodden island in the Solomon Islands off of Australia that began on August 7, 1942 and continued until January, 1943.
The Commemoration will take place at the Warner Student Life Center on the Brookdale Lincroft main campus, 765 Newman Springs Road from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. It is free to all and groups are welcome. To assist in planning for the event, especially for groups attending or those requesting special seating, please register for event code XWWTS 263 by calling 732-224-2315.
Submitted by AMAC member Ed Mashmann.