INDIANAPOLIS WORLD WAR II ROUNDTABLE - ERNIE PYLE CHAPTER

Featured program:

"Richard Tregaskis Reporting Under Fire from Guadalcanal to Vietnam"

by Ray E. Boomhower, guest speaker & author

​​RSVP Deadline is Monday, May 16. Send your ​​RSVP dinner reservations to Karl Kleinbub, ​​knj1002@myninestar.net or phone (317) 607-6948. 

Bring Exact Change. $11 to pay for your dinner. plus a few dollars extra for your tip and drawing tickets.

Francis Gary Powers, Jr. receiving certificate of recognition and our commemorative challenge coin from Kathryn Lerch, Vice President, WWII Roundtable.

WWII Roundtable Monthly Dinner Meeting (In-Person Only)

​​​​Monday, June 27, 2022

Soviet C-75 (SA-2) SAM launcher used to shoot down Gary Powers's U2, on display at the Air Defense Forces Museum in Balachinka district, Zarya village. (Source, Wikipedia)

​​​WWII Roundtable August Dinner Meeting ​(In-Person Only)

Monday, August 22, 2022 

February is Black History Month

WWII Roundtable Hybrid Meeting (In-Person and via Zoom) 

Monday, February 28, 2022

Doors open - 5 PM. Dinner - 6 PM. Program - 7 PM.

Northside Events & Social Club

2100 E 71st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana

Powers' surgical team at unknown location in France 1944 

Kathryn Lerch, World War II Roundtable board member, publisher, author and Director of Park Tudor School’s Legacy Initiative Project, which collects unpublished accounts depicting wartime experiences.​

"U-2 "GRAND SLAM" flight plan on 1 May 1960, from CIA publication The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance; The U-2 And Oxcart Programs, 1954–1974, declassified 25 June 2013. (Source, Wikipedia) ​

The Pacific Theater 1941 - 1945

by John Shively, author/historian and WWII Roundtable member on www.YouTube.com

​​​January 24, 2022 WWII Roundtable Hybrid Dinner Meeting

(In-Person and via Zoom), Northside Events & Social Club, Indianapolis, IN

Featured Program:​ "WWII Private Snafu Films"

​​​Speaker: Eric Grayson, Historic Film Conservationist
Eric Grayson's presentation of his extensive collection of historical 'Private Snafu' films. 'Private Snafu' was a favorite among the troops.

Program​​ ​

7:00 - 7:15 pm

Trivia Report: William Ervin, WWII RT 1st vice president
"Identifying the Dead from D-Day & Normandy"

7:15 pm

Guest Speaker: Joe Lee, author

"Forgiveness: The Story of Eva Kor, Survivor of the Auschwitz Twin Experiments"

Links to videos for a preview of our July featured program on D-Day:

​ "Omaha Beach, Normandy, France" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZUlTfLif5g

"D-Day Normandy Then and Now"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzC27v78DSg

Kathryn Lerch

Featured program:​

Pvt. Vinton W. Dove on Omaha Beach on D-Day​

by Vinton Dove, guest speaker​ 

"A seldom-told story about an amphibious engineer and his dangerous duties on Omaha Beach and beyond."


Andrew Jackson Smith, Civil War soldier,

Medal of Honor Recipient

​​​WWII Roundtable July Dinner Meeting 

(In-Person Only)

Monday, July 25, 2022 

761st Tank Battalion stand by awaiting call to clean out scattered Nazi machine gun nests in Coburg, Germany. US Army photo

​​WWII Roundtable Hybrid Meeting (In-Person and via Zoom) 

Monday, April 25, 2022

Doors open - 5 PM. Dinner - 6 PM. Program - 7 PM.

Northside Events & Social Club, 2100 E 71st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana

​Featured program:

“Dear Stellie”

A Field Surgeon’s World War II Letters: Pierce W. Powers, 4th Auxiliary Surgical Group

by Kathryn Lerch, guest speaker

​​​WWII Roundtable August Dinner Meeting ​(In-Person Only)

Monday, September 26, 2022 

Pvt. Vinton W. Dove, USA

'Vinton Dove, a Vietnam War veteran and long-time World War II Roundtable member, tells his father's incredible D-Day war story. Vinton Dove made a pilgrimage to England, France, Germany and Austria in 2017 to follow his father's footsteps.— Kathryn Lerch

"The Last Flight of Frank Luke, the 'Arizona Balloon Buster' in WWI" 

Guest speaker, the author: Stephen Skinner

Francis Gary Powers, Sr., U2 pilot who was shot down. ​(Photo source, Wikipedia)

"Francis Gary Powers, Sr., U-2 Flight & Spy Pilot"

Speaker:​ Francis Gary Powers, Jr.

Dorie Miller wearing his Navy Cross. US Navy photo

​Featured program:​

“B-26 Tail Gunner in Europe”

344th Bomb Group, Ninth Air Force
England-France-Belgium

Featured guest:

Norman Farley, WWII Veteran

Interviewer and moderator:

Karl Kleinbub

(Left photo:) Book cover of Ray E. Boomhower's book about Richard Tregaskis. ​(Center photo:) English Wikipedia. An official U.S. Marine Corps photograph of Richard Tregaskis (left) with Major General Alexander A. Vandegrift, ca. 1942. (Tregaskis was 6'7" tall.) (Right photo) Ray E. Boomhower's Certificate of Recognition award ceremony with WWII Roundtable VP Kathryn Lerch, May 23, 2022.

U-2 aircraft similar to the one shot down. ​(Photo source, Wikipedia)

Attn Zoom Attendees:

To sign-in to our scheduled Zoom meeting, please refer to your Zoom meeting ID, passcode and phone access information that we emailed to you on April 7: "WWII Roundtable - April 2022 Newsletter and Meeting Announcement." 

Zoom sign-in date and early sign-in time: Monday, April 25, 2022, 06:45 PM Indiana (East)​. Program start time: 7:00 PM.​​

​​​Monday, May 23, 2022

WWII Roundtable Monthly Dinner Meeting (In-Person Only) 

Doors open - 5 PM. Dinner - 6 PM. Program - 7 PM.

Northside Events & Social Club, 2100 E 71st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana

​​​​March 2022 WWII Roundtable Hybrid Dinner Meeting

(In-Person and via Zoom), Northside Events & Social Club, Indianapolis, IN

Our speaker is senior editor at the Indiana Historical Society Press, where he edits the popular history magazine Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History.


Boomhower’s riveting book is the first to tell Tregaskis’s gripping life story, concentrating on his intrepid reporting experiences during World War II and his fascination with war and its effect on the men who fought it.

Ray E. Boomhower, author

This Pierce Powers wartime correspondence project took more than three years to complete - from scanning and transcribing hundreds of personal letters, to researching events, places, as well as family and personal connections.

Service records belonging to Major Pierce W. Powers indicate he served from Normandy to Czechoslovakia, where he “functioned in both field and evacuation hospitals, performing all types of general surgery. Awarded the Bronze Star Medal and [he was] authorized [to wear] the European Theater of Operations Ribbon with five Bronze Battle Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead for participation in the invasion of Normandy. Authorized to wear the Distinguished Unit Badge and while attached to the 261st Medical Battalion [and] the Croix de Guerre with Palm.” — US Army Separation Record for Pierce W. Powers    


Links to the speaker's video and new book

https://youtu.be/P9SeUUY_hho​ ​This link takes you to the YouTube video of Kathryn Lerch's live talk given on Monday, June 27, 2022 at the WW2 Roundtable dinner meeting, when she presented a sneak peek into the heart of the book of (love) letters to Powers' new bride, "Dear Stellie," with an emphasis on D-Day to Patton’s October Pause.

The book "Dear Stellie" is now available to purchase. You may purchase it directly from the publisher (however no discount) at the following link: "Dear Stellie": A Field Surgeon's WWII Letters by Kathryn W. Lerch | Blurb Books.

Lt. Frank Luke, WWI pilot

6. Japanese attack on the USS Franklin and Purdue Connection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9caGzuwHLZI

​7. Two-part series on a virtual tour of Guadalcanal - Nov 19, 2021:  

Virtual Tour Part 1: https://youtu.be/0N4dM4y3Aj0
Virtual Tour Part 2: https://youtu.be/fRyapIlXbOM 

8. The Naval battles of Guadalcanal, Part 1 - YouTube

https://youtu.be/N40pswXm2Ro

9. The Aleutian Islands Campaign 1942-1943
https://youtu.be/_uEvgpLAkfA 

10. The Battle of Milne Bay 

https://youtu.be/LZWQNNCF4vE - YouTube       


Where History and Heroes  Meet

THOMAS GANTZ CASSADY

"A Hoosier for Lafayette and an American Patriot: Part 1 and Part 2"

 by Bradley K. Damon

Click these links to view each entire slide presentation: Part 1, December 6, 2021 and ​​​Part 2, January 24, 2022