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World War II – Korean War Roundtable


World War II – Korean War Roundtable


Fairlawn Kiwanis Community Center - 3486 S. Smith Rd (off Market St.)

    Fairlawn, OH 44333 - (across from City Hall and the Fire Station)


:                February 28, 2008, THURSDAY, 6:45 P.M.   (The 4th Thursday)      

         SPEAKER:  Major Ed Lunda. The success of the Tuskegee Airmen


          JANUARY MEETING SUMMARY: Dean Smith reviewed 2 recent books about the battle

             of Stalingrad;” Ivan the Soldier” and “Stalingrad” (by Anthony Beebor). It was the first

             major defeat of the German armies. Over 2 million soldiers were involved and the

             casualties were high. Two other good books dealing with Stalingrad are “565 Days on

             the Russian Front” and “Ivan’s War”.

             Peter Ertel recounted a few of his experiences as a German soldier before Moscow and

             in the Ukraine. His unit had 178 men when the war began and was down to 17 at

             Moscow. Other units around him suffered similar high casualty rates. Attendance  108


E-MAIL ADDRESSES: If you have an E-Mail address and wish to receive the meeting notices via E-Mail please contact Dean Smith (330 762 8885) or Ed Bollinger (330 836 6272). You will receive your meeting notices a week earlier this way.

DUES: Dues for Sept 1 ’07 to August 31 ’08 are due. They have been raised to $15. Please send them to                                                                                                        Dan Demko at 1627 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd.. Copley, OH 44321-1909

       Paid membership is now at 193

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY PHOTOS : At the October 2006 meeting group photographs were taken of 41 WWII veterans and 17 Korean War veterans as part of the ceremonies  commemorating the 5th anniversary of our roundtable. To date 24 and 14, respectively of these photos have been claimed. The remaining 8x10 color pictures will be available free of charge at all future meetings for the 20 veterans who have yet to acquire theirs.

2007 THEME: “Bring Two Veterans”. Personally bring 2 veterans and their families with you to our meetings.

VHP: (Veterans History Project) Report. Do you want to tape your wartime experiences? Contact Jerri Donohue (440 546 1207) to make arrangements. If you know of any veteran reunions in Ohio coming up please call Jerri so she can attend and get some of these veterans to record their stories.

SPEAKERS FOR 2007: Dr. Thomas Adams is our official “speakers” recruiter. Call Tom at 330 668 3672 to volunteer yourself or to recommend others.        


March 28,2008: Dan Peabody 11th Airborne Platoon Leader Tanks 2nd Inf Div Korea

                WEB SITE: Dave Hall has set up our Web Site at:

         VIDEO TAPES: The current catalog of video tapes of past meetings is now posted on our

             web site. You can rent one with a refundable $10 deposit or buy one for $10. If you want

             to rent or buy a tape call Dick Sutherland (330 666 4237) and he will have the tape for

             you at our next meeting.

           OTHER RECOMMENDED READING: “The Last of the Tin Can Sailors” by James

          Hornfischer. It details the action of the DE’s defending the Jeep Carriers at Leyte Gulf.