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WW2NewsLetterVol#2 No.17

WW2NewsLetterVol#2 No.17

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NJ  WORLD  WAR  II  BOOK  CLUB     DR.  JOHN  J.

 MCLAUGHLIN,  MODERATOR          10  FARMSTEAD  ROAD,  SHORT  HILLS,  NJ    07078   TELEPHONE:  973-­‐467-­‐3313           WEB  SITE:  E-­‐MAIL:  NJWW2BOOKCLUB@AOL.COM   NJWW2BOOKCLUB.COM     May  21,  2012,  Volume  2,#  17     Next  Lecture  Tuesday  June  19,  2012   On  Tuesday  June  19,  2012  John  J.  McLaughlin  Moderator  of  the  World  War  II  Book  Club  will  give  a   lecture  on  his  just  published  book  General  Albert  C.  Wedemeyer  America's  Unsung  Strategist  in  World   War  II.  As  usual  the  lecture  will  be  at  the  Millburn  Library  and  commence  at  7PM.  This  will  be  the  final   lecture  of  the  Spring  season.  The  lectures  will  recommence  in  September  with  the  first  lecture   scheduled  for  Tuesday  September  18.  Copies  of  John's  book  will  be  available  for  sale  and  signing  for   $18.00.   Dr.  Josh  Botts   Josh  Botts,  senior  historian  at  the  State  Department  delivered  a  wonderful  lecture  on  the  famous  Yalta   World  War  II  Conference  on  May  15.  Seventy  five  people  were  in  attendance  and  thoroughly  enjoyed  his   presentation.  Dr.  Botts  was  an  overnight  guest  of  the  Book  Club  at  the  Short  Hills  Hilton,  and  the   following  morning  had  breakfast  with  John  McLaughlin  and  retired  State  Department  Foreign  Service   Officer  and  long  time  Summit  resident  Henry  "Hank"  Mueller.     Dan  Petach   On  Tuesday  September  18    Dan  Petach  will  lecture  on  the  Flying  Tigers,  the  World  War  II  aces   commanded  by  General  Claire  Chennault  in  the  China  Burma  India  Theatre.  Dan  is  the  son  of  one  of  the   most  famous  of  the  Flying  Tigers  and  has  delivered  this  lecture  to  many  audiences  over  the  last  10  years.   One  of  the  fascinating  things  about  the  Flying  Tigers  is  the  remarkable  feud  between  General  Chennault   and  the  then  Commanding  General  of  the  Theatre,  "Vinegar"  Joe  Stilwell.  He  will  talk  about  a  little   known,  but  extremely  important  battle,  and  the  role  the  Flying  Tigers  played  in  turning  back  a  Japanese   advance  that  had  the  potential  to  change  the  entire  course  of  the  Pacific  war  and  force  the  Chinese  to   surrender.  The  consequence  of  a  Chinese  surrender  would  have  released  over  a  million  Japanese   soldiers  then  occupying  China  for  use  against  MacArthur's  forces  in  the  Pacific.  John  McLaughlin  heard   Dan  Petach's  lecture  last  year  and  immediately  booked  him  for  the  World  War  II  Book  Club.   Del  Staecker   On  Tuesday  October  16  Del  Staecker  will  tell  the  story  of  his  father's  account  of  the  USS  Fuller,  The  Lady   Gangster,  an  attack  transport  ship  and  its  courageous  crew  of  "Chicago  Boys"  who  braved  enemy  fire  to   deliver  troops  and  supplies  to  the  South  Pacific  theatre  during  some  of  the  toughest  battles  of  the  war.   Gregory  J.S.  Urwin   On  November  20  we  will  close  out  the  year  with  a  lecture  by  Professor  J.S.  Urwin  who  will  discuss  his   book  The  Siege  of  Wake  Island  Facing  Fearful  Odds.  This  lecture  was  presented  last  year  at  Brookdale   College.     Treasurers  Report   Along  with  this  News  Letter  we  send  a  Treasurers  Report  so  the  membership  will  know  our  financial   condition  and  be  aware  of  how  their  dues  are  spent  to  bring  you  the  best  speakers  and  the  best   programs.  We  are  grateful  for  the  extra  donations  of  almost  $1500  from  some  of  our  members.     *************************************************  

TREASURER  REPORT   Cash  Flows-­‐Inception  to  May  14,  2012         INFLOWS     Donations...       Dues  Received       Total  Inflows                         OUTFLOWS     Lecturer  Expense:       Dining           Transportation         Honoraria         Miscellaneous           Total         Holiday  Party         Professional  Fees       Supplies           Director  Reimbursemenet     Postage,  Printing  &  Stationary     Miscellaneous         Total  Cash  Disbursed       BILLS  OUTSTANDING                   CASH  RESERVES                                                                                                                                                                                 328.43   675.00   547.62   194.74   201.65   487.40   5,099.15   400.00    5,499.15   1,975.85   623.94   555.89   1,075.00   409.48   2,664.31    1,395.00   6,080.00   7,475.00  

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