Southeastern Veterans Day lecture to focus on Louisiana maneuvers in World War II

Monday, November 6, 2017
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – An Iraq War veteran and museum curator will present Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of History and Political Science’s annual Veterans Day lecture at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in Pottle Auditorium.
     Titled “The Louisiana Maneuvers 1940 – 1944: The Anvil that Shaped the United States Army,” the presentation by Captain Richard Moran, curator of the Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum in Pineville, is free and open to the public.
     “We are delighted to have Captain Richard Moran, co-chair of the advisory committee for the National World War II Museum’s special exhibit ‘The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II’ as our Veterans Day speaker this year,” said William Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science. “The maneuvers conducted in Louisiana and adjacent states from 1940 to 1944 were critical to the Allied victory in World War II, and many of the biggest names in American military history were involved, including Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, George Marshall, and George Patton. Nobody knows more about the maneuvers than Captain Moran. He is also a very engaging speaker and a really nice guy.”
     Robison added that as a bonus this year they will offer a second lecture on Nov. 16, at 1 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre featuring Harry Laver, former Southeastern professor of history and now a faculty member at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Leavenworth, Kan. Laver will speak about General Eisenhower’s role in the war.
     For more information on either lecture, contact Robison at 985-549-2109.

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