Program Title – IWO JIMA – REVISITED
On February 19, 1945, the first of an eventual 70,000 U. S. Marines landed on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima to face over 20,000 determined Imperial Japanese defenders. By the time it was over thirty-six days later, Americans had suffered over 26,000 casualties, of which more than 6,800 were killed.
Japanese losses were staggering: of the nearly 21,000 Defenders only 216 were captured alive. In March 2015, as part of the joint American-Japanese 70th anniversary “Reunion of Honor” ceremonies, independent historians Steven J. Wright and William C. Holdsworth visited the island with more than fifty veterans of the battle – including one Japanese survivor, Tsuruji Akikusa – and the last surviving Iwo Jima Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams. Steve and Bill present their experiences in their program: “Return to Iwo Jima”.
Steven J. Wright bio:
Steve Wright is the author of two books and more than 300 articles and reviews on the American Civil War. He holds advanced degrees in American History and American Indian Studies, and Library and Information Science. As a member of Del Val, Steve is an instructor at the Civil War Institute at Manor College. In addition to Del Val, Steve is a member and past president of the Old Baldy CWRT, and has been Curator of Collections at the Civil War Library & Museum on Pine Street, a Park Ranger at Gettysburg and Independence National Historical Park. Steve currently works for the Free Library of Philadelphia, and lives in Northeast Philadelphia with his wife Irene.
William Holdsworth bio:
Bill Holdsworth attended Montgomery County Community College, and has made a successful career in Sales & Marketing in the music business, working for RCA Records, PolyGram Records, and the Universal Music Group. He and his wife, Debbie have three sons, one of whom is a U. S. Marine, and reside in Collegeville, PA. Bill is a member and former Vice President of the Old Baldy CWRT as well being a member of the Del-Val CWRT.
Date – Monday, February 20, 2017
Time – 6:00 PM
Dress Code – Coat and Tie for men. No jeans or sneakers please. More info and rsvp, click here