VBC Happy Hour

Every Monday night at 7pm ET on Zoom; simulcasted to Facebook and YouTube. BYOB(everage). Veterans stories, conversations, special topics, and guests.
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VBC Happy Hour | September 27, 2021

Date: September 27, 2021

Time: 7pm-8:30pm Eastern

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Every Monday night at 7pm ET on Zoom; simulcasted to Facebook and YouTube. BYOB(everage). Veterans stories, conversations, special topics, and guests. Derek Sansone on the Anniversary of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and its history; Robert Laplander, author of The Lost Battalion.

SPECIAL VBC Event – The Ritchie Boys of WWII | October 4, 2021

Date: October 4, 2021

Time: 7pm-8:30pm Eastern

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Join us for a discussion with two World War II “Ritchie Boys,” German-Austrian Jewish immigrants recruited by US Military Intelligence for counter-intelligence operations in Europe. Maximilian Lerner immigrated from Vienna to New York in 1941, then enlisted in the US Army and went back to Europe as an American soldier in 1944. He was recruited into the Office of Strategic Services as a special agent for secret missions in Germany. Paul Fairbrook used a valuable stamp collection to make it to the US from Berlin in the late 1930s before being drafted into the Army and trained Camp Ritchie, Maryland.

He also served in Europe overseeing interrogations and review of captured German documents. Beverley Eddy is a historian and author of Ritchie Boy Secrets: How a Force of Immigrants and Refugees Helped Win World War II. She will guide the conversation with our veterans about this fascinating story.

Japanese Suicide Submarines of World War II | October 11, 2021

Date: October 11, 2021

Time: 7pm-8:30pm Eastern

All Events | Greatest Generation Live | VBC Happy Hour

Join us for a conversation about Kaiten, Japanese suicide submarines in World War II with Mike Mair, author of Kaiten: Japan’s Secret Manned Suicide Submarine and the First American Ship It Sank in WWII. Mike will be in conversation with Japanese citizens and family members of submariners, including Fumihito Hiro with Kaiten Kensho-kai, documentary filmmaker Masahiro Takemura, and Nobuko Ito, daughter of a WWII underwater kamikaze. Please join us for this fascinating discussion.

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