Lincroft, NJ – Brookdale Community College’s Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution will proudly present a special 65th Anniversary Commemoration “Last Battles in the Pacific – 1945”and “The Start of a New War – 1950.” The free community event will be held Saturday, June 26 beginning at 12:00 noon at the Warner Student Life Center. Families are invited to enjoy special displays, exhibits and pre-program entertainment prior to the arrival of the official party and color guard.
The opening featured witness to history will be Gilmon Brooks. Born into a military family, he was one of the few African American Marines in the formerly segregated branch of service. Brooks’ recollections of the Marine landing on Iwo Jima can be heard at the Center’s web site, linked from Brookdale’s home page, www.brookdalecc.edu. It is one of thirty five posted oral histories, each with accompanying video.
Joining Brooks will be veteran Paul J. Frisco who served in the Navy and experienced the Battle for Okinawa. Distinguished veterans being honored will include Thomas F. Mahoney, a Pearl Harbor survivor and veteran, a Battle of Okinawa, United States Navy and recipient, Presidential Unit Citation.
Also honored will be Carl R. Osterlund, veteran, Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, United States Navy and Herbert Cohen, veteran, Battle of Okinawa, United States Navy. Jeannette Berkery will be recognized for her service as a Women’s Army Corps veteran, Battle for New Guinea, United States Army.
Preceding the Anniversary presentation, George Waple III, veteran of the Korean War United States Army and former aide to Chairman Joints Chief of Staff General Omar Bradley, will be honored for his lifelong service to the Armed Forces. “Waples’ Corner” will be dedicated at 10:00 a.m. in the Al Meserlin WWII Photo Gallery of the College’s Bankier Library.
The events are free but registration is requested to assist in planning. Groups of all ages are most welcome. Please call 732-224-2315 to register and indicate if any special assistance is requested.