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    Book Discussion on Last to Die

    Stephen Harding talked about his book, Last to Die: A Defeated Empire, a Forgotten Mission, and the Last American Killed in World War II, about U.S. Army Air Forces Sergeant Anthony J.…

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    Wargaming and the Pacific War

    Norman Friedman talked about how wargaming, or military strategy games and exercises, at the U.S. Naval War College contributed to Allied success in the Pacific at the end of World War II.…

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    Japanese Surrender on the USS Missouri

    Captain Robert Kaufman (Retired) recalled his World War II experiences, including his eyewitness account of the formal Japanese surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri.…

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    Robert Furman Oral History Interview

    Robert Furman talked about his work on the Manhattan Project during World War II. He served as an assistant to project director General Leslie Groves. Mr Furman recalled going…

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    Strategies for the Invasion and Defense of Japan

    D.M. Giangreco talked about the American offensive directed at Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido. He also spoke about the Soviet Union’s involvement, including the…

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    Japanese Prime Minister on the End of World War II

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered remarks on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. He expressed “profound grief” over the loss of life in the war, and…

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    RMS Queen Mary and World War II

    “Captain” Will Kayne gave an overview of the history of the hotel and former ocean liner RMS Queen Mary, including her service as a troop ship during World War II. Clips…

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    Book Discussion on Our Crime Was Being Jewish

    Anthony Pitch talked about his book Our Crime Was Being Jewish: Hundreds of Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories, in which he presents the accounts of 358 Holocaust survivors. He…

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    Book Discussion on American Warlords

    Jonathan Jordan talked about his book, American Warlords: How Roosevelt’s High Command Led America to Victory in World War II, about the roles played by Henry Stimson, General…

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    World War II Allied Air War

    Professor Don Miller talked about the air war during World War II. He spoke about what daily life was like for U.S. and British airmen in World War II, the roles of each member of a…

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    Stalin and the Soviet Union's Pacific War Strategy

    David Glantz talked about the role and the agenda of Josef Stalin and the Soviet Union during the Pacific campaign of World War II. “Stalin’s Strategy for Ending the Pacific…

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    Allied Strategy in the Pacific

    James Perry spoke about diplomatic relations among the Allies during World War II, and their influence on military strategies in the Pacific. “American Strategy and the Asia-Pacific…

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    Japan's Decision to Surrender

    John Kuehn talked about Japan’s decision to surrender to Allied forces in August of 1945. “A Succession of Miracles: Japan’s Decision to Surrender” was a portion of…

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    70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings

    This commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, included testimony by a hibakushi (survivor of the atomic bombings) and a performance by…

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    Benjamin Bederson Oral History Interview

    Benjamin Bederson talked about working as a member of the Special Engineering Detachment on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, New Mexico, in the 1940s. Mr. Bederson worked on…

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    Fall of the Japanese Empire

    Richard Frank, author of Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire, spoke about the events leading up to Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II. He talked about…

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    Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibit

    Peter Kuznick gave a tour of an exhibit marking the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In cooperation with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki…

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    Women During World War II

    Dominique Francois talked about the roles and contributions of women during World War II. He said that women were “a vital part of the successes of the way” through their…

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    Book Discussion on Courage, Compassion, Marine

    Perry Smith talked about his book, Courage, Compassion, Marine: The Unique Story of Jimmie Dyess. Jimmie Dyess earned the Carnegie Medal for extraordinary civilian heroism when he was a…

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    World War II Allied Bombing Campaign

    U.S. Air Force Academy history professor Colonel Mark Wells talks about the role of bombers and fighter planes in the Allied strategy during World War II. He also described the…

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