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SS 313 – World War II Remembered: Part 5 – Class presentations available.

Week 1 Group WW II pptsThis year we are focusing on the Veterans from the Orange County Freedom Committee who fought in WW II along with Japanese-American servicemen, who will recount their experiences and explain the importance of the oil supply in Africa and eastern Europe at that time.

We will learn about the European Theatre from those who fought there and hear stories from those who flew in the South Pacific as well. Some were shot down and captured. We will hear about the service of the Japanese-American community, and close with the historic details of the fighting involved in securing oil supplies to support the war.

Tuesday, October 7: Series Introduction, “Heroes in Our Midst” and From Normandy to the Elbe

Presenters: Gary Oberts and members of the Orange County (Costa Mesa) Freedom Committee: Dick O’Brien, Howie Beach, Bob Meyer, George Ciampa

Class Presentations:


From Normandy to the Elbe

ww ii

Tuesday, October 14: “In the Air – It Doesn’t Always End Well” airplane

Presenters: Gary Oberts and members of the Orange County (Costa Mesa) Freedom Committee: Richard Billera, Ted Tanner, Harry Selling, George Emerson

Presentation: In the Air – It Doesn’t Always End Well

Tuesday, October 21: “The Japanese-American Experience”

Presenter: Florence Ochi of the Japanese American National Museum and guests

Tuesday, October 28: Strategic Oil in Africa/Ploesti, Roman

Presentations: Strategic Oil In Africa / Ploesti and Romania and WW II Week 4 

Presenters: Don Schwartz (CSULB History Professor Emeritus) and members of the Freedom Committee


Gary Oberts, Al Fuller, Jonathan Weil


Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21 and 28

9:30 – 11:30 AM


Woodbridge Onken Classroom

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