153 - Naval Battles of the Pacific War
July 25 - July 28
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Cost - $40.00
The class will cover the Pacific War from 1936 to August 1945 with emphasis on the great naval battles. The circumstances that led up to these battles and the aftermath. There were many minor battles such as Bismarck Sea which will be reviewed in less detail, the primary ones are Pearl Harbor, Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal/Solomons, Philippine Sea, and Leyte Gulf. The Philippine Sea was critical in that it gave us a base from which we could regularly attack the Japanese mainland and we did. It was from the Marianas Islands in the Philippine Sea from which we launched the two flights that dropped bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The final conflict came at Okinawa when the two bombs ended the conflict. Okinawa is not known as a naval battle but the Japanese attempts to dislodge us by use of the Kamikaze were devastating but not effective enough to change the tide of that war. *Campus is closed Monday, July 24th in celebration of Pioneer Day- no classes will be held.
Course Instructor: Dick Clark graduate of USC School of Business 1960. In 1997, on retirement, I joined the Palm Springs Air Museum, a World War II air museum, as a docent and served as such until I was nominated to the presidency of that museum in 2010. I served as president for nearly two years when I retired for the second time and moved to Arizona.
During those years my responsibilities included touring groups through the hangars discussing the airplanes used in World War II and the key battles both naval and air. We presented Saturday programs, where I lectured to audiences on various battles and specific subjects relative to World War II and I taught classes about World War II to newly accepted volunteers so that they would have a basis to discuss this war with museum visitors. Furthermore, I participated in the writing of training manuals and historical papers to be provided to visitors. At any given time, the museum managed approximately 350 volunteers.
I was part of an outreach program where I would be asked to speak to tour groups such as Elder Hostel and fraternal organizations about the museum and its mission. In about 2005, I was nominated to the museum board of directors on which I served until my second retirement and move to Arizona.