On August 6, 2015, the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
hosted an event honoring the end of World War II when the U.S.
declared defeat of Japan. The event was co-sponsored
by the Combat Air Museum and Marine Corps League.
Special thanks to Tad Pritchett for planning and managing this event.

Events included:

Display of hundreds of artifacts from the Pacific Theater, courtesy of 35th Infantry Division. Marine Tets talked about equipment and how it was used.
Topekan James Freel, a Pacific War vet, remembered VJ Day.
United States Marine Corp Color Guard displayed the U.S. flag.
Dr. John Curatola, USMC retired, a professor of military history at the Command and Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS, reviewed WWII's end.

On August 6th and 9th the U.S. used the most powerful weapon in history, the H-bomb, on Japan, ending years of war. This event discussed what happened in the war's last days and how it has since impacted our world.

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Jeeps outside the libraryPosing with his tank replicaExplaining about Army shellsMilitary issue flashlightJapanses war memorabiliaHonor Guard gets readyEnlisted uniform parts and C-rationsExplosivesMinesGunsWeaponsPowerPoint TitleJames Freel reminesces Automatic rifle used in WWIIEvent planner Tad PritchettOfficer adds commentsHonor Guard starts forward

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