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Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST
During World War II, 31 medical air evacuation squadrons helped tend to over one million servicemen between 1943-1945, a remarkable feat given that air evacuation was a relatively new concept at the start of the war. Providing comfort and care to those patients were 500 flight nurses serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Seventeen of these flight nurses were killed during the course of the war. Discover the history, highlights, and perils of flight nursing in WWII through the eyes of Evelyn Kowalchuk, and the 818th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron, who landed in Normandy on D+3. Her story, told by Foundation President April Cheek-Messier, sheds light on the little-known story of these pioneers in history and the difference they made for patients and the future of combat medicine.
Friday, March 19, 2021 at 11:10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. EST
Recommended Ages: 6-12th Grades
When thinking of women in WWII, usually Rosie the Riveter is the first that comes to mind. However, women served in many different roles during the war– in both the military and in factories. In this program, learn about the roles of women in WWII and hear stories of the women who supported the war effort.
Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 11:10 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. EST
Recommended Ages: K-5th Grades
Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST
Join Martin Fisher, son of a D-Day veteran in the Royal Navy, as he examines the role of George C. Patton from the perspective of a British-born admirer.
Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST
Live from Normandy, France, historian and tour guide Florent Plana discusses the lesser-known unit, the Grave Registration. Learn how this unique group originated and the unit’s evolution until its time in Normandy during WWII. Having interviewed more than 850 WWII veterans, Florent will share one of these testimonies, the story of John Moss. Hear Moss’s experiences and how being part of the 603rd Quartermaster Grave Registration Company affected him. Plana will also share stories of French civilians and the part they played in helping the unit.