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Behind The Wire Symposium
September 16th, 2017 08:00am
Join us September 16, 2017 at the Fredericksburg Theater Company for a day of discovery and discussion. This year the day will focus on life as a POW and Internee, and the changing conditions throughout time. Hear from experts, authors, and veterans throughout the day and take part in discussions about the topic.
ANF Member - $50
Non ANF Member - $60
Active Duty Military w/ID - $30
WWII Veteran - FREE
College Student with ID -FREE
Symposium Dinner - $50
2017 Symposium Schedule
*Speakers and more information will be updated as we recieve confirmation
Friday, 15 September
Movie: “Never the Same: The Prisoner of War Experience” – Director confirmed
"In this intimate and moving portrait American prisoners of Imperial Japan during World War II reveal their indomitable will to survive. Starved, beaten, sick and brutalized, but always keeping a wry sense of humor, these amazing soldiers used gallows humor to beat the odds. Some of the men were artists, some wrote poetry and songs and many collected recipes." -Never the Same Website
The movie will be shown at the Fredericksburg Theater Company Friday at 7:30. An Additional ticket is required for this movie.
Saturday, September 16th
8:00 - Registration Opens
9:00am Opening Remarks and Pledge of Allegiance
9:05am Comparison of European and Pacific Camps
9:45am Personal Account of time as Japanese POW
10:50am Crystal City, Texas Internment Camp
11:40am German POWS in the U.S.
12:30pm Lunch Offsite---Enjoy one of the many suggested restaurants
1:40pm Meet and Greet with presenters
2:00pm Survival and Morale within POW Camps
Steve L. Moore
2:50pm Civilian and Nurse POWS
“Angels of Bataan” by Boerne Middle School North
Personal Account: Liz Irvine and Gail Barnett
3:40pm Meet and Greet with presenters
4:05-5:20 Roundtable discussion with speakers and audience
Moderated by Kelly Crager
After the symposium mingle with other symposium attendees and speakers at dinner in the Nimitz Museum Grand Ballroom. The evening starts with cocktails at 6:30 with dinner at 7:00 followed by guest speakers remarks at 8:00.
This year's dinner speaker will be Dr. Joseph E. Milligan.
Dr. Milligan was born in Grandin, NJ on 16 Aug 1941. He received a BS in Agriculture and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force through the AFROTC program at Rutgers University in 1963. Dr. Milligan graduated from pilot training school in 1965 at Vance AFB, OK where he flew the T-37 and T-38. In subsequent flying assignments, he went on to fly the T-33, F-4C, F-4D, F-105F, T-28D, and O-1F. His flying assignments included:
- The 40th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS), Eglin AFB, FL (F-4C);
- The Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV (F-4C, F-4D, F-105F);
- The 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron (TASS), Nakom Phanom AB, Thailand (O-1F);
- The 606th Air Commandoes, Nakom Phanom AB, Thailand (T-28D-5); and
- The 433rd TFS, Ubon AB, Thailand (F-4C).
On 20 May 1967, while flying top-cover for a 100+ plane fighter-bomber force engaged in a bombing raid on the Kep railroad yards over North Vietnam. Dr. Milligan joined in an aerial attack against an overwhelming force of MIG-17s, and despite being outnumbered more than 10 to 1, he participated in the destruction of four MIGs (without the loss of a single member of the bomber force) before, himself, being shot down. He spent nearly 6 years as a POW, being released on 18 Feb 73.
Dr. Milligan will speak on his experiences as a POW after dinner and will be answering questions.
*The symposium dinner is not included in you symposium tickets and requires additional purchase
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- Decision Height, Student Play
- Anchors Aweigh: Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines of WWII
- USS Texas; The Last Dreadnought
- March WWII Pacific Combat Program
- April WWII Pacific Combat Program
- Weapons of War: Secrets and Science
- May WWII Pacific Combat Program
- Prisoners Under the Rising Sun
- June WWII Pacific Combat Program
- July WWII Pacific Combat Program
- Use it Up, Wear it Out, or Do Without: The American Homefront During World War II
- September WWII Pacific Combat Program
- Art of the Aloha Shirt: Keoni of Hawaii, 1938–51
- October WWII Pacific Combat Program
- Past Events
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Museum launches ‘Real-time’ Twitter Experience for Pearl Harbor
In 1941, on the most infamous day in the modern era, news of a shocking event that altered the course of human history took the span of several hours (even days) to spread through the civilized world. But,.. what if our present 24-hour news technology had existed then?
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Texas Historical Foundation Donates $5,000 to Admiral Nimitz Foundation
The Texas Historical Foundation recently donated $5,000 to help replace the roof on the historic Nimitz Hotel, now the Admiral Nimitz Museum.