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Presentations on US Naval History
 
The presentations described below can be delivered live to veterans, civic, library, public and
private organizations for a fee and travel expenses. For more information and/or to book a
presentation, contact Ron Gottardi at 609-320-5149 or by email at rongo620@yahoo.com
 
In Peril on the Sea: Admiral Halsey's Catastropic WWII Typhoon Error
(60 minute presentation)

Hear about the severest test of seamanship and leadership in WWII, a battle which cost more ships, lives, and aircraft than any other; not a battle with the enemy, but a battle with nature – a typhoon. Who was the real hero in the Pacific War?  Was it the profane, aggressive, hard-charging Admiral William “Bull” Halsey, commander of the entire fleet, popular with the press and the public, prolific with the sound bites, who gambled with lives, and who wasn’t there when he was needed? Or was it the modest, unassuming Lieutenant Commander Henry Lee Plage, skipper of the smallest ship in the fleet, who took a chance and disobeyed the same Admiral’s orders, so he could rescue scores of sailors out of the 900 dumped into the sea when three ships capsized because of the admiral’s risk-taking?  This is a true story
   

The Philadelphia Navy Yard Builds a Battelship (50 to 60 minute presentation)
Watch the Philadelphia Navy Yard build the battleships USS New Jersey, USS Wisconsin, and USS Washington during World War II. This presentation consists of 80 B&W photos of battleships being built at the Philadelphia Navy Yard (PNY), from authorization and planning through keel laying, construction, launch, fit out, dry dock, and commissioning. Virtually every department and shop of the PNY is shown. This material is adapted from an April 1942 article in The Beacon, the weekly newspaper of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

   
  A Proposed Museum and Diorama of the Philadelphia Navy Yard (45 minute presentation)
A local museum volunteer is looking for volunteers and paid model builders and financial supporters to build a large diorama model of the Philadelphia Navy Yard at its historic peak on 7 Dec 1942, the day the Battleship New Jersey launched.
   
  The Artist Goes to War: WWII US Navy Art of Charles Rossetti
(40 to 60 minute presentation)
A true story about an artist who handled aircraft ammunition on the flight deck of the carrier USS Ranger in the Atlantic in WWII. See the artist’s drawings of his shipmates. Hear a carrier plane handler describe work and death on the busy and dangerous flight deck. Learn what happens when Germany claims they sunk the Ranger. Hear/participate in a re-enacted 1944 radio news broadcast about the incident. Listen to the stories of 14 members of the artist’s family who served in WWII.
  Harbor of Pearl, Day of Infamy
(40 to 50 minute presentation)
A reading of historical fiction excerpted from an unpublished manuscript about the Pacific War, focusing on the 7 December 1941 sneak attack by the Japanese on the US Navy base at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii. Included is action aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, commanded by Admiral William “Bull” Halsey. Photos of Pearl Harbor under attack are shown. Closes with video of Honolulu on VJ Day, 14 Aug 1945.
   
   

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