5:00 p.m. Reception | 6:00 p.m. Presentation | 7:00 p.m. Book Signing
No other battle in the history of the Marine Corps is as ingrained in the Corps’ identity as Iwo Jima. Admiral Chester Nimitz memorialized the thousands of Marines who fought on Iwo Jima explaining “uncommon valor was a common virtue.” Joe Rosenthal’s image of Marines raising the American flag atop Mount Suribachi is not only one of the most famous photos of the war, it became the national memorial in honor of the sacrifices made by Marines of the US Marine Corps since its inception in 1775.
On the eve of the 75th anniversary of this defining battle, the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy hosts Allan Millett, PhD, for a conversation on the legacy of Iwo Jima in the Marine Corps with Ed Lengel, PhD, Senior Director of Programming for the Institute.
The reception and presentation are free and open to the public but please register to attend. Register online or call 504-528-1944 x 412.
Can’t make it to the Museum? Watch the event live.
Allan Millett, PhD, is a retired Colonel of the Marine Corps Reserve and a specialist in the history of American military policy. He is the author of many books including A War To Be Won: Fighting the Second World War, which he coauthored with Williamson Murray, For the Common Defense: A Military History of United States from 1607 to 2012; Semper Fidelis: The History of the United States Marine Corps; and The Second World War in 100 Objects: The Story of the World’s Greatest Conflict Told Through the Objects That Shaped It.
Millett was the 2008 recipient of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. He taught military history at The Ohio State University for 37 years, where he served as a mentor to generations of scholars in the field, and currently serves as the Director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies and Ambrose Professor of History at the University of New Orleans. Millett is the Senior Military Advisor to the President of The National WWII Museum and sits on the Museum’s Presidential Counselors advisory board.