On Saturday, April 20, a few of the World War 2 Guys hit the field for a little spring training. Jon, Fisk and Eric headed up to Ft. Atkinson for some morning fun. The uniform of the day was HBT Coveralls, Helmets, and Jump Boots replicating the look of the typical 507th trooper at Alliance Army Air Field in April 1943. We started the day by giving Fisk a tour of the fort and it's buildings and attractions. We did some field marching and held a little unit meeting under a grand old tree. We then covered unit hand signals and discussed upcoming events. We finished the day back up on the parade ground throwing around the baseball a little. We didn't have enough guys to do much but it was still great to get outside and take in the beautiful spring weather.
On Sunday, April 14, Eric set up a WWII Marine Corps themed display and gave a presentation at the Nebraska State Historical Society's monthly "Second Sunday" speaker series. The topic for the presentation was Eric's history-changing research on the true identities of the six Iwo Jima flag raisers in the iconic Joe Rosenthal photograph. Over 100 visitors came to hear the hour long presentation which was follwed by a lively 30 minute question and answer period. It was a great chance to give a detailed account of all that went into identifiying Pfc. Harold Henry Schultz as the previously unnamed flag raiser in the famous photo. Schultz was formally recognized by the United States Marine Corps as one of the official six "second" flag raisers on June 23, 2016.
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