Two memorable events that marked turning points during World War II will be remembered in June at Charleston County Public Library and Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.
At 2:30 p.m. June 3, a film screening and discussion called “The Americans on D-Day” will be held at the main Charleston County Library on Calhoun Street. A panel discussion will follow.
D-Day occurred on June 6, 1944, when Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in France and started to drive back Hitler’s forces on the western front of Europe.
At 11 a.m. June 4, Patriots Point will have a panel discussion aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. It will include two survivors from the historic battle and the region’s top military commanders. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, will open the program with introductory remarks.
The Battle of Midway occurred June 4-6, 1942, in the Pacific Ocean and served to weaken Japanese naval power.
The two crew members of the original Yorktown, which sank during the battle, are gunner John Hancock and photographer Bill Roy. Other panelists will be Col. Brian Murtha, commanding officer of the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort; Capt. Thomas Bailey, deputy commander of Joint Base Charleston; Col. Michael Cederholm, commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group 31 in Beaufort; and Kyle Sinisi, associate professor of history at The Citadel.
The panel discussion will explore naval strategies and their effects on the outcome of this battle from both the perspectives of the United States and Japan. In addition, leaders will investigate whether a similar battle could take place today.
Both events are free.