Dr. John J. McLaughlin wrote this story as part of a project during his studies for a doctorate in History at Drew University. He made several trips to South Carolina, visited the Florence National Cemetery in Florence, South Carolina and searched the Revolutionary War records at Columbia, South Carolina.
The next lecture will be on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.
The World War II Book Club Will Continue We are happy to inform the Book Club Members that we have a new
President who will take over management of the World War II Book Club.
John McLaughlin has had several meetings with Dr. Richard Schonberg who
has agreed to take over management of the Book Club. John McLaughin will
continue as Moderator.
Paul E. Zigo will present a lecture at the Millburn Library on his recently published book, The Longest Walk, the story of the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division. (This lecture was previously scheduled for February 17, but cancelled because of a severe storm) The lecture will commence at 7 p.m.
The 116th Infantry Regiment landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day June 6, 1944. They were featured in the riveting opening scene of the movie "Saving Private Ryan". This regiment lost one third of the 3200 men who made the landing that day. Paul has visited the site of the landing at least five times during the preparation of this book.
Paul is an Assistant Professor of History and the Director of the Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ. He teaches American History, the History of World War II, Recent American History as well as Human Geography. He earned a baccalaureate degree in history from Rutgers University in 1964, a master’s degree from Rider University in personnel and guidance in 1973 and a master’s degree from Temple University in recent American diplomatic and military history in August 2000.
He also directs the Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution at Brookdale, an educational resource center open to all interested in studying the historical impact and significance of the Second World War.
Mr. Zigo is a 30-year veteran of the United States Army Reserve, retiring as a Colonel in 1994. He is a 1989 graduate of the U.S Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA.
Dr. John J. McLaughlin gave this lecture on August 15, 2015 to a group of veterans at Camp Evans, Wall Township, NJ on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day. A number of the people in the audience were combat veterans who had served in Europe, and were slated to travel to the Pacific to take part in Operation Downfall, the invasion of the Japanese homelands, but were saved from this ordeal by the dropping of the Atom Bombs. Many of the veterans are angry about reading and hearing stories which criticize the use of the bomb to end the war. They all said "Thank God For The Bomb." Read the remarks »
Dr. John J. McLaughlin presented a lecture about the Black Loyalists at the North Jersey Revolutionary War Round Table on February 13, 2013.
Dr. John J. McLaughlin wrote his thesis at Drew University for his Master’s Degree in Theology about the Black Loyalists. He became interested in the subject when he took a course in the Revolutionary War. Dr. McLaughlin made two trips to Nova Scotia, visited the Black Loyalist Museum in Birchtown, Nova Scotia, interviewed dozens of the descendants of the Black Loyalists still living in Nova Scotia, and did additional research at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He has given lectures to many groups in New Jersey and elsewhere on the history of the Black Loyalists.
Pat Schuber's lecture on "Operation Anthropoid - the Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich" is now available on YouTube, with thanks to Millburn Camera for its assistance in taping the lecture and Richard Schonberg who edited the video. View the video »
Ursula Pawel, whose presentation of her book, My Child Is Back, in May, 2011 was one of the Book Club's most well attended and received meetings, passed away on May 30, 2015 at the age of 89. In her 80s when she spoke to the Book Club, Ms. Pawel captivated the audience with her personal story of surviving World War II - through selection points at Auschwitz and close encounters with certain death, to finally being reunited with her mother after the war's end.
The New Jersey World War II Book Club was honored to have Ms. Pawel speak and her lively presence, her witness to history, will be deeply missed.
Bruce Tucker's lecture on the Japanese Super Submarine (I-400 class) is now available on YouTube, with thanks to Millburn Camera for its assistance in taping the lecture and Richard Schonberg who edited the video. View the video »