- MHC EDUCATION SERIES -
Remembering D-Day 75 Years Later
June 4, 2019
Miramont Country Club, Bryan, TX
Historian and author Thomas Hatfield spoke the week of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
Hatfield is best known in Aggieland as the author of the book "Rudder: From Leader to Legend," the first comprehensive biography of General James Earl Rudder, the Aggie who famously led Army Rangers up the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc on June 6, 1944. He later became president of Texas A&M University.
Hatfield is the director of the Military History Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a senior research fellow with UT's Briscoe Center for American History.
The Soviet Military in WWII
April 24, 2019
Arbor Oaks, Bryan, TX
Dr. Roger R. Reese probed the human dimension of the Red Army in World War II through a close analysis of soldiers' experiences and attitudes concerning mobilization, motivation and morale. In doing so, he illuminated the Soviets' remarkable ability to recruit and retain soldiers, revealing why so many were willing to fight in service of a repressive regime, and how that service was crucial to the army's military effectiveness.
Reese put a human face on the often-anonymous Soviet soldiers to show that their patriotism was real, even if not a direct endorsement of the Stalinist system, and had much to do with the Red Army's ability to defeat the most powerful army the world had ever seen.
The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers
February 3, 2019
Arbor Oaks, Bryan, TX
Author and historian Elizabeth Cobbs joined the Military Heritage Center Education Series to discuss a pivotal moment in service to the country.
In 1918, before the ratification of the 19th Amendment and women's right to vote, 223 American women answered the call to serve overseas in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Dr. Cobbs shared the stories of these remarkable women whose skills proved essential to the U.S. war operation.
Their service earned the praise of General John Pershing. However, at the war's conclusion, they found themselves overlooked by the Army bureaucracy, and so began a 60-year quest for recognition of their contributions.
Texas Liberator Project
December 5, 2017
Stark Galleries, Memorial Student Center, Texas A&M University
A longtime staple of the Texas A&M community returned to campus and brought remarkable stories of Texans who helped to free thousands of people from Nazi brutality during World War II.
Dr. Peter Tarlow, the chairman of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, spoke about the Texas Liberator Project. Tarlow was the longtime rabbi for the Hillel Foundation at A&M and has served as a special envoy for the A&M System.
The THGC’s Texas Liberator Project aims to educate future generations not only about the horrors of the Holocaust, but also and importantly, the brave Texans who helped end them.