Lectures at the Lighthouse with Meg Jones
August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Meg Jones – World War II Milwaukee
Meg Jones is a Milwaukee author, journalist and combat correspondent. She has been a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for 24 years and traveled to Iraq four times as well as to Afghanistan four times as an embedded reporter with Wisconsin troops between 2003 and 2014. She’s the author of “World War II Milwaukee” published in 2015 by The History Press.
Long before Japanese bombs rained down on Pearl Harbor, Milwaukee was the “Machine Shop to the World.” Thanks to the city’s large industrial base, factories quickly retooled and mobilized for wartime production. Harley-Davidson produced thousands of military motorbikes, and Falk Corporation churned out gears that turned the propellers on hundreds of ships. Locals sacrificed their lives for the cause—Mayor Carl Zeidler went missing at sea, USS Arizona captain Franklin Van Valkenburgh refused to leave the bridge of his burning battleship and Mildred Harnack joined the Nazi resistance movement and was executed on direct orders from Hitler. Embedded with German and American troops, Milwaukee journalists H.V. Kaltenborn, Louis Lochner and Dickey Chapelle sent dispatches from the front lines. Through past interviews and archival materials, author Meg Jones reveals these and other patriotic stories.
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