On 16 November 2017, New Orleans, BentProp Project Team Members Colin Colbourn, Dan O’Brien, Val Thal-Slocum, and Pat Scannon attended the International World War II Conference, hosted by the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The conference drew over 500 attendees and many internationally renowned presenters and scholars. At the conference, BentProp team members were excited to attend a panel called “Bringing Them Home: The DPAA’s Latest Successes,” which featured speakers Dr. Michael Dolski of DPAA and Dr. Ryan Gray of the University of New Orleans, who worked with DPAA in Austria on an archaeological dig that might potentially yield the remains of a World War II pilot.
We also had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Dolski about BentProp’s relationship with DPAA and our work around the world. BentProp team members also met with Colonel Ty Seidule, the current Chair and Head of the History Department at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
BentProp recently presented to the cadets and faculty of West Point’s Geography Department about our work in Palau and hope to partner with West Point on some of our future endeavors. At the conference banquet, we were treated to a talk from U.S. Marine Iwo Jima veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams. Williams earned his MoH by knocking out seven pillboxes with flamethrowers. His was an amazing story. Hershel “Woody” Williams, Medal of Honor, Iwo Jima – The National WWII Museum Oral History.
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