One of the most important events in the Pacific Theater during World War II wasn’t an encounter with the Japanese—it was an encounter with Mother Nature. In December 1944, Adm. William “Bull” Halsey unwittingly sailed his undefeated Pacific Fleet into a powerful storm that sank three destroyers. Defying orders, Lt. Commander Henry Lee Pledge, captain of the U.S.S. Tabberer, sailed his crippled ship through 70-foot waves and 150-mile-per-hour winds to rescue drifting sailors. Join Bob Drury, co-author of Halsey’s Typhoon, as he discusses this astonishing true tale of tragedy and heroism.
Program is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first serve. Please enter through the Special Events Entrance on the corner of 7th and Constitution Avenue.
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Added by Kawilmes on December 19, 2006