September 2020 Roundtable Meeting

“Japanese Kamikazes of WWII”
Presented by Bill Martin
Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.
Beech Street Christian Church

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During the last two years of WWII (1944-1945) the Japanese Navy launched its Special Attack Force, made up of pilots who were willing to sacrifice their lives in suicidal dives into Allied ships in hopes of turning the tide of war in Japan’s favor.

Bill Martin will present a program which will convey the story from those who witnessed these events

We will meet at the Family Life Center at Beech Street Christian Church.

1672 Beech St, Ashland, KY.

Entering from Beech Street, drive towards the back of the parking lot towards the right to find the meeting place.

July 2020 Roundtable Meeting

“Early Development of Atomic Energy”
Presented by Chris Davis
Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.
Beech Street Christian Church
Early Development of Atomic Energy by Chris Davis.

We will meet at the Family Life Center at Beech Street Christian Church.

1672 Beech St, Ashland, KY.

Entering from Beech Street, drive towards the back of the parking lot towards the right to find the meeting place.

June 2020 Roundtable Meeting

Military Deception
“Military Deception”
Presented by Bill Martin
Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.
Highlands Museum & Discovery Center

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Bill Martin will present a class on Military Deception. Military deception refers to attempts to mislead enemy forces during warfare. This is usually achieved by creating or amplifying an artificial fog of war via psychological operations, information warfare, visual deception and other methods. As a form of strategic use of information (disinformation), it overlaps with psychological warfare. To the degree that any enemy that falls for the deception will lose confidence when it is revealed, they may hesitate when confronted with the truth.

Deception in warfare dates back to early history. The Art of War, an ancient Chinese military treatise, puts great emphasis on the tactic. In modern times military deception has developed as a fully fledged doctrine. Misinformation and visual deception were employed during World War I and came into even greater prominence during World War II. In the buildup to the 1944 invasion of Normandy the Allies executed one of the largest deceptions in military history, Operation Bodyguard, helping them achieve full tactical surprise.

February 2020 Roundtable Meeting

“Border States”
Presented by David Beatty
Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.
Highlands Museum & Discovery Center

Civil War Trust Member, David Beatty, will show a lecture on the borders states, their loyalty, and their fate.

June 2019 Roundtable Meeting

“The 75th Anniversary of D-Day”
Presented by Bob Long
Thursday, June 6, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
Highlands Museum & Discovery Center

Join us this month for a special date and time.  We will meet a week earlier to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  We will also meet a half hour earlier so that Bill Martin may finish his presentation from May which will be followed by Bob Long.  If you are unable to make it until 6:30, our normal meeting time, please still come.The public is invited to attend.

April 2019 Roundtable Meeting

“Attack Submarine Hammerhead – 1970’s”
Presented by Eddie Rushbrook
Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 6:30 p.m.

Highlands Museum & Discovery Center

Submariner Eddie Rushbrook speaks about his experiences aboard the Attack Submarine Hammerhead during the 1970’s.   This includes cruises to the Arctic and the Atlantic Ocean aboard this nuclear-powered submarine.

The public is invited to attend the monthly roundtable discussions at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center.

April 2018 Roundtable Meeting

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“The First Shot of the Civil War”
Presented by David Beatty
Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.

Highlands Museum & Discovery Center

The first shot of the Civil War occurred in January 1861 by Citadel Cadets towards the Union supply ship “Star of the West.” The ship was coming into Charleston harbor to resupply Fort Sumter after South Carolina had recently seceded in December 1860. The “Star of the West” then turned around and went back to sea.

Our speaker will be longtime Ashland resident and Citadel graduate David Beatty.

March 2018 Roundtable Meeting

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“Battle of Wilson’s Creek”
Presented by Bob Long & Tom Wilson
Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.
Highlands Museum & Discovery Center

The Missouri-Kansas border is where the Civil War started in the 1850’s. Missouri was divided about leaving the Union.  Loyalist German immigrants were densely populated in St. Louis. Pro-south secessionists were equally represented as well. Gov. Jackson tried to take Missouri out of the Union. Capt. Lyon thwarted his plans in St. Louis.

Bob Long and Tom Wilson will discuss early Civil War history in Missouri including the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.

November 2017 Roundtable Meeting

“Major Glenn Miller Missing”
Presented by Bill Martin
Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Highlands Museum & Discovery Center

Glenn Miller, the most popular orchestra leader of the late 1930s and early 1940s, left a lucrative profession to bring his talent to the men and women fighting in World War II. Though well beyond the age for military service, he enlisted and formed the Army Air Force Band that gave concerts at bases throughout the nation from 1942 till 1944. In June 1944, he took his band to England to broadcast his music throughout Europe. Traveling to Paris on December 15, 1944, for a Christmas show, the small plane, in which he was riding, disappeared, never to be found. Bill Martin will present a program that  gives insight into this 73-year-old mystery.

August 2017 Roundtable Meeting

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“Marine Corp Anti-Aircraft Battalion 1950-1952”

Presented by Bob Long

Thursday, August 10, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.

Highlands Museum & Discovery Center

Come listen to the account of Stacy Long as told by his son Bob Long. Stacy Long was activated during the Korean War and sent to Camp Lejeune, N.C. He took his Argus camera with him and Bob recently came into possession of many color slides.  We will go through these slides during a presentation on the USMC anti-aircraft BN and its weapons/ capabilities.