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                                                   Lexington Veterans' Association DVDs

 

Since 2005, the Lexington Veterans' Association has offered a monthly series of live presentations on a variety of topics of interest to veterans and others interested in military history.  Many of these presentations have been recorded and made available on DVDs that are in the collection of Cary Memorial Library.  All can be located with the call number DVD 355.009L.  Click on a DVD title to check its availability at the library; if it is not available, you may place a reserve on it.

Also, for your convenience, many of these presentations have been made available on the LexMedia OnDemand Network.  To view the presentation immediately, click on the “Watch Now” link that follows the description of those titles.

The annotated list below is arranged by topics of interest. 

General Military Topics

 

18th Century

   American Revolution, 1775-1783

19th Century

   War of 1812

  United States Civil War, 1861-1865

  Spanish-American War, 1898

20th Century

   Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905

   World War I, 1914-18

   World War II, 1939-1945

   Korean War, 1950-1954

   The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War Era

   Vietnam War, 1961-1975

21st Century

   Afghan War, 2001 - 

   Iraq War, 2003-2011

 

  General Military Topics

 

Combat Feeding:  “It's Not Your Grandfather's C-Rations Anymore.” Presented by Dr. Jeannette Kennedy, Technical Advisor, Office of the Director, Combat Feeding Directorate.

  Dr. Kennedy  traces the many challenges that have to be overcome in providing meals to fighters in remote locations. (79 min.; Sept. 2016). Watch Now

Dr. Edith Flynn on Terrorism. Presented by Dr. Edith Flynn, Professor Emerita, Northeastern University.

     Dr. Flynn, consultant to the U.S. government in counterterrorism, discusses the changing face of warfare. (82 min.; Dec. 2011) 

From Imhotep to Iraq: Medical Advances Through Wars. Presented by Dr. Ron Rosenthal.

     Discussion of the historical advances of medicine through war and battle, from ancient times to today. (62 min.; June 2007)

Is the American Era Over?  Presented by Joseph F. Nye, Jr., Ph.D., Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

   Dr. Nye discusses the challenges and the changing role of the U.S. In the global world order.  (83 min.; May 2017) Watch Now

My Air Force Appointment: On Being the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force.  Presented by Sheila Widnall, Ph.D. Institute Professor and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics,
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT.

  Dr. Widnall was the first woman to serve as secretary of a U.S. Military branch.  (72 min.; Oct. 2016) Watch Now

Operation Delta Dog: Service Dogs Turn Lives Around for Veterans.  Presented by Sarah Stratton, Operations Coordinator for Delta Dogs.

   Ms. Stratton, joined by a veteran and her service dog, describes how the Delta Dogs organization matches disabled veterans with rescued dogs trained for service with life-changing results for both human and dog.  (76 min.; March 2017) Watch Now

Piracy on the High Seas.  Presented by Capt. James Staples USMM.

    Master Mariner Capt. Staples shares his views and experience regarding maritime terrorism. (88 min.; Dec. 2012)

Returning Combat Veterans.  Presented by Elizabeth Price, Clinical Social Worker, Returning Veterans Program, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA. (68 min.; Jan. 2015)

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ROTC: "Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders.”  Presented by  LTC Peter F. Godfrin, Jr., U.S. Army; Professor of Military Science, MIT.  (Mar. 12, 2018)

18th Century

American Revolution, 1775-1783

Boston Started the Revolution; Lexington Started the War. Presented by Robert J. Allison.

   Dr. Allison, Chair of the History Department at Suffolk University, Boston, discusses the growing political ferment in the turbulent 15-year period before the Battle of Lexington. (69 min.; Apr. 2015) Watch Now

The Lexington Minutemen Company:  History, Mission, Vision.  Presented by Dr. Barry Cunha, DMD, USAF (Ret).

   The Captain Commanding of the Lexington Minutemen goes beyond the familiar scenes of the Patriots Day reenactment and shares some fascinating details of the Minutemen. (78 min.; April 2016) Watch No

19th Century

War of 1812

A War Ends and a Legend Begins: New Orleans, 1815.  Presented by Dan Breen.

   The Battle of New Orleans, the last major battle of the War of 1812, propelled General Andrew Jackson to national prominence and ultimately to the presidency. The battle was a testament to Jackson's organizational and tactical genius. (57 min.; Mar. 2015) Watch Now

United States Civil War, 1861-1865

Bloody Shiloh. Presented by Dr. Ron Rosenthal.

     The Battle of Shiloh, in 1862, was the first major battle of the Civil War. (67 min.; Apr. 2013)

Lexington Civil War Casualties.  Presented by Sam Doran.

     Mr. Doran discusses Lexington’s local history as it relates to its Civil War veterans. (63 min.; Dec. 2013)

Nashville: The Forgotten Battle. Presented by Ron Rosenthal.

   The Battle of Nashville was the last battle of the Civil War.  It was a Virginian who led this decisive victory for the Union forces. General George Thomas, unlike Robert E. Lee and many other southerners, chose to remain loyal to the Union. Mr. Rosenthal profiles the remarkable General Thomas and describe the Battle of Nashville. (67 min.; Nov. 2014)

Unvexed to the Sea.  Presented by Dan Breen.

   The story of the Vicksburg Campaign—its challenges, bold action, daring risks, and unprecented inter-service cooperation, related by Dr. Daniel Breen, Professor, History, Newbury College. (56 min.; May 2014) Watch Now

Spanish-American War, 1898

Fire Ants, Sunstroke, and Yellow Fever: The Not-So “Splendid Little War” Against Spain. Presented by Dr. Daniel Breen, Professor of History, Newbury College.

     Dr. Breen discusses the difficulties of the Cuban campaign—from the horrid conditions of the encampment around Tampa through the march toward Santiago, when yellow fever posed as lethal a threat as Spanish rifles. (59 min.; May 2012) Watch Now

  20th Century

Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905

The Battle of Tsushima and Its Aftermath,1905.  Presented by Dr. Ron Rosenthal.

  The Battle of Tsushima, the only decisive fleet action of the war fought by steel battleships, proved disastrous for the Russians and badly damaged its international prestige. It signaled Japan's ascent as a naval power. (80 min.; Apr. 2010)

World War I, 1914-1918

Lexington During Wartime.   Presented by Linda Carroll.

   Local History Librarian Linda Carroll presents highlights from Cary Library’s collections that answer the question, “What was life like in Lexington during World War I and World War II?” (54 min.; Oct. 2013 

World War I: The Final Year.  Presented by Dan LeClerc.

   Mr. LeClerc, retired 2nd Lt. In the Mass. National Guard, discusses the history of the Western Front from 1914-1918. (75 min.; Mar. 2011) Watch Now

The Yankee Division: The 26th Infantry Division in World War I.  Presented by Dan LeClerc. (84 min.; March 2013)

World War II, 1939-1945

The Allied Invasion of Normandy. Presented by Dan LeClerc.

   Mr. LeClerc, Local historian, retired history teacher, and former artillery officer with the Massachusetts National Guard, will compare two battle plans—First Battle of the Marne in 1914 and Operation Overlord in 1944-- to show why one failed so miserably and why the other succeeded so brilliantly. (79 min.; Sept. 2014) Watch Now

Army Mules of World War II.  Presented by Edward R. Perry. (49 min.; Feb. 2010) Watch Now

Lexington During Wartime.   Presented by Linda Carroll.

   Local History Librarian Linda Carroll presents highlights from Cary Library’s collections that answer the question, “What was life like in Lexington during World War I and World War II?” (54 min.; Oct. 2013)

World Flight Experiences From a Flight Deck of the Amazing C-130 Hercules. Presented by Bill Guenon,  Air Commando Pilot and Author, Secret and Dangerous: Night of the Son Tay P.O.W. Raid.  Watch No 

Artists of Deception I: The Ghost Army of World War II.  Presented by Rick Beyer.

    Mr. Beyer presents his recent work on the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops—the so-called “ghost army” unit of 1,100 American GIs who used trickery to mislead the Germans about the size, strength, and location of American soldiers. (58 min.; Feb. 2013) Watch Now

 Artists of Deception II: The Ghost Army of World War II.  Presented by Rick Beyer.

    After researching the Ghost Army for several years, Beyer got his big break when PBS showed interest in producing his documentary.  It was instantly popular, and since its first airing in April 2013, the documentary has been shown in 22 countries around the globe.                                                                                                                                                             

B29 Raids in Japan.  Presented by John Ryan.

   Ret. Army Air Force Sgt. Ryan was part of a crew serving on B29 superbombers that made 26 bombing runs to Japan from the Mariana Islands. (31 min.; Feb. 2014)

Black May: The Month That Changed the Course of the U-Boat War.  Presented by Max Mulholland.  Through 1942 and into 1943, U-boats carved a path of destruction in the Atlantic. Then in May 1943, a perfect storm of new Allied strategies and technology combined to change the course of the U-boat war. Max Mulholland traces these critical weeks in May 1943 and describes how the Allies achieved this incredible turnaround. (87 min.; March 2017)  Watch Now

Coventry Bombing, 1940.  Presented by Gwyneth Wykes.

   Ms. Wykes, a writer and commentator, speaks of her life-changing experiences during the devastation of her city by German bombs in 1940-1941. (2 DVDs;  Oct. 2012)

Danger and Survival: Vicissitudes in the European Hell of World War II.  Presented by Pedro Lilienfeld.

   Harrowing, personal experiences of a family on the run, from Germany to Spain, to France, to South America. (81 min.; Nov. 2013)

The Forgotten Patriots of WW2: The U.S. Cadet Nurses Corps. Presented by Shirley Harrow.

   The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps (USCNC) comprised the largest and youngest group of uniformed women to serve their country during World War II and the early post-war years (1943-1948) and was the first integrated uniformed service. 180,000 women served but never received veteran status or official recognition from the government. (86 min.; Oct. 2014) Watch Now

Health Care in the Ghetto of Lodz.  Presented by Dr. Harold J. Bursztjian.

   Dr. Bursztijian reflects on his father’s experience during the Shoah in Lodz (1939-1945). (80 min.; Nov. 2012) Watch Now

Lexington During Wartime.  Presented by Linda Carroll.

   Local History Librarian, Linda Carroll, presents highlights from Cary Library’s collections that answer the question, “What was life like in Lexington during World War I and World War II?” (54 min.; Oct. 2013)

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning: The Plane and Its People. Presented by Michael Terry.

    Michael Terry will describe the attributes and importance of this fighter aircraft in World War II and give a brief history showing its significance to victory for the Allies. (80 min.; Dec. 2014)

MacArthur:  Duty, Honor, Country.   Presented by John W. Carlson.

   Noted speaker and historian Carlson discusses MacArthur's command of the Southwest Pacific Theatre in World War II, his administration of postwar Japan during the Allied Occupation, and his leading of the United Nations forces during the first nine months of the Korean War. (59 min.; Nov. 2009)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy and the PT-109.  Presented by Dorothy Kennedy, Docent, JFK Library. Ms. Kennedy (no relation to JFK), docent at the JFK Library in Boston, discusses how this experience influenced JFK's development as a man and a leader.  (79 min.; May 11, 2015)  

The Loss of the USS Quincy at Guadalcanal.  Presented by Bob Begin, Retired manufacturing/logistics manager and Naval historian, specializing  in stories of courage, adversity, and human interest. (Jan. 8, 2018)

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Popular Music in World War II.  Presented by Calvin Knickerbocker.

    Mr. Knickerbocker has developed and taught 20 music courses at Rivier College, NH. His presentation includes well-known as well as obscure songs pertaining to World War II. (80 min.; June 2011) Watch Now

Childhood Memories: China During World War II. Presented by Sophia Ho

  Retired ESL teacher, Lexington Public Schools; Chinese American Association of Lexington (CALL); Full-Time Lexington volunteer.

  As the daughter of a general in Chiang Kai-shek's army, Mrs. Ho witnessed the escalating military situation firsthand. She describes her experience of growing up in China during the Sino-Japanese War and World War II. (79 min.; Sept. 2014)

The Sinking of the USS Underhill, DE 682.  Presented by Hal Lord.

   Mr. Lord's father, Henry, died aboard the USS Underhill in 1945.  Sixty years later, the nephew of a kaiten pilot reached out the survivors and their families.  Mr. Lord travelled to Japan to meet him, and the visit led to the creation of a 2004 Japanese television documentary included in this presentation.  (2 discs.  116 min.; Sept. 2013)

Seabees of Iwo Jima Presented  by Diane L. Kuebler

  Daughter of A.O. Keebler M/M2C 31st NCB attached to the 5th Marine Division at Iwo Jima; Portrays USN WAVE or Army Nurse as World War II “living historian.” (76 min. Oct. 2015) Watch Now

Todays Army Medical Department. Presented by Oscar S. DePriest IV DMD FAGD

  Brigadier General USA (RET); USAR Ambassador to Mass; Trustee. Middllesex Community College, Bedford and Lowell, Mass; Veteran and Family Advocate, Bedford, Mass. VA Hospital. (59 min. Nov. 2015) Watch Now

Korean War, 1950-1954

F4U Corsair Operations in North Korea.  Presented by Capt. Thomas J. Hudner.

   Capt. Hudner, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, crash-landed his fighter jet near the Chosin Reservoir in an effort to save a fellow pilot.  He talks about his experience in this daring rescue attempt. (58 min.; Oct. 2011)  Watch Now

In Defense of South Korea, 1957.  Presented by Dr. David Newcombe.

     Dr. Newcombe served in Korea as a captain in the Medical Corps.  He discusses his unique experiences as a physician in South Korea during the armistice period in 1957. (92 min.; Jan. 2010)

In Defense of South Korea: Part 2.  Presented by Dr. David Newcombe.

  Dr. Newcombe talks about the changes in military procedure brought about by the prisoner-of-war uprising at Koje-do, U.S. POWs, and North Korean infiltration.  He makes suggestions about Guantanamo Bay and the War on Terror. (90 min.; Mar. 2010)

Korea, The Forgotten War, 1953-1954.  Presented by Irwin Macey.

   Mr. Macey served in the Korean War as an SIS (Security Intelligence Service) agent based in Seoul. (2 discs, June 2013) Watch Now

The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War Era

Averting the “Final Failure”: JFK and the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings.  Presented by Sheldon M. Stern.  (75 min.; Sept. 2012) Watch Now

The Cold War at Sea.   Presented by Peter Lund, LCDR, USNR.

   Lund discusses his service for three years aboard a destroyer escort radar picket ship as well as his command three different naval mine sweepers. (58 min.; Mar. 2012) Watch Now

The Cuban Missile Crisis: An Insider's Story.  Presented by Dr. Dan Fenn, Jr.   (Jan. 2012) Watch Now

Flying the U-2.  Presented by Capt. Don Wright.

     Capt. Wright shares his experiences as  a U-2A pilot, flying the single-engine, single seat, high-altitude spy plane. He is also the author of Life is a Piece of Cake: A Whisper from the Silent Generation (Wingspan Press, 2009). (63 min.; Dec. 2010) Watch No 

Listening In During the Vietnam War and the Cold War.  Presented by Ron Stering, Vietnam veteran, linguist, Voice Intercept Operator, Intelligence Analyst.  (84 min.; Feb. 12, 2018) Watch Now

The USS Pueblo.  Presented by Gerald Tishler.

    Mr. Tishler tells the story of the capture by North Korea of an American intelligence vessel and its crew on January 23, 1968, their treatment as prisoners, and the eventual release. (103 min.; Oct. 2006) 

Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Listening In During the Vietnam War and the Cold War.  Presented by Ron Stering, Vietnam veteran, linguist, Voice Intercept Operator, Intelligence Analyst.  (84 min.; Feb. 12, 2018) Watch Now

The Role of the Advisor in Vietnam.  Presented by Ret. Col. Bill Mark.

   Colonel Mark talks about his role as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Army during the early stages of the Vietnam War. (June 2007)

Six Years and Six Months as a POW in North Vietnam.  Presented by Hugh Buchanan.

   Former Air Force Captain Hugh Buchanan was shot down over the Red River Delta.  Much of his time as a prisoner was spent in the notorious Huo Lo Prison, better known as the “Hanoi Hilton.”  Mr. Buchanan has chosen to regard this chapter in his life as a positive experience, and in 1990 he returned to North Vietnam and met with his former captor. (76 min.; Apr. 2014) Watch Now

USMC Helicopter Operations in Vietnam, 1967-1968.  Presented by Frank Reynolds.

   Major Reynolds talks about his training as a naval aviator with fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, as well as his experience in Vietnam as a Marine heavy lift pilot. (81 min.; Apr. 2011) Watch Now

21st Century

Afghan War, 2001 -       

Afghanistan, 2008 and 2009.  Presented by Matthew Pica.

   Sgt. Pica, a graduate of Milford High School and Iona College, has served in Iraq with the 1/506th Infantry Division (“Band of Brothers”) and in Kapisa Province Afghanistan, near Bagram. (84 min; Jan. 2011) Watch Now

Operation Delta Dog: Service Dogs Turn Lives Around for Veterans.  Presented by Sarah Stratton, Operations Coordinator for Delta Dogs.

   Ms. Stratton, joined by a veteran and her service dog, describes how the Delta Dogs organization matches disabled veterans with rescued dogs trained for service with life-changing results for both human and dog.  (76 min.; March 2017) Watch Now

Flying the X-49A SpeedHawk Helicopter in Afghanistan. Presented by Rich Jackson.

     Commander Jackson recounts his experience with a variety of airplanes and helicopters in all types of missions ranging across tactical air support/special operations, search and rescue, airborne use of force/interdiction for counter narcotics and terrorism, training, and flight test and operational evaluation. (104 min.; June 2014) Watch Now

The Grand View of Afghanistan. Presented by Rajiv Srinivasan.

   From July 2009 through July 2010, he served as a platoon leader in Attack Company, 2-1 Infantry of 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat team. As a part of the initial surge into Afghanistan, he served as the advance party commander and chief contracting officer for the construction of COP Howz-e-Madad and Strong Point Lakhokhel, two American joint outposts with the ANA (Afghan National Army), in the hostile Zhari district of Kandahar. Lt. Srinivasan is a contributor the the New York Times "At War Blog" and PBS "Regarding War" series. He is a 2008 graduate of West Point and a PhD. Candidate at the Department of War Studies at Kings College London. (68 min.; May 2011) Watch Now

Returning Combat Veterans.  Presented by Elizabeth Price,  Clinical Social Worker, The Returning Veterans Program, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA. (68 min.; Jan. 2015) Watch Now

Suicides in Today's Military: A Perplexing Problem.  Presented by Ret. Col. Bill Mark.

   Bill Mark, Chaplain at the VA Hospital in Bedford and a combat veteran, compares the difference between the more traditional wars and the non-traditional Iraq and Afghanistan Wars—a difference that erodes the mental health of our veterans.  He discusses what the Iraq and Afghanistan experiences have taught us about mental health. (67 min.; Mar. 2014) Watch No 

Tactical Air Operations: Afghanistan and Iraq.  Presented by Rich Jackson.

    A retired military aviator with over 22 years of service in the U. S. COast Guard and U. S. Air Force. Jackson discusses tactical aerial command, control, computers, and communications (C4ISR) in Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and New Dawn (OND). (2 discs, 89 min.; Jan. 2013)

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Ten Years of War with the Massachusetts Army National Guard - Afghanistan, 2014. Jackson Presented by Matthew J. Cummings, CW4 AV, Massachusetts ARNG. (78 min.; Dec. 2015) Watch No 

The Iraq War, 2003 – 2011

Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Iraq 2006-2008.  Presented by Ryan Lennon.  

   Mr. Lennon is a former Captain who served with the 3rd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq.  He describes the recent history of the use of IEDs and the steps taken over time to defeat them. (100 min.; May 2013)

Operation Delta Dog: Service Dogs Turn Lives Around for Veterans.  Presented by Sarah Stratton, Operations Coordinator for Delta Dogs.

   Ms. Stratton, joined by a veteran and her service dog, describes how the Delta Dogs organization matches disabled veterans with rescued dogs trained for service with life-changing results for both human and dog.  (76 min.; March 2017) Watch Now

Fleet Hospital 3: Navy/Marine Medical Care in Iraq, 2003.  Presented by Dr. Rob Davidson.

   As a veteran of the Iraq conflict, Dr. Davidson describes the structure and function of Field Hospital 3 on-site, with an overview of the field hospital system and of Marine Corps-deployed health care. (63 min.; Dec. 2010)

PTSD and Life After the Military:  Common Experiences, Education, and Resources. Presented by Elizabeth C. Price, LICSW, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, Mass. (June 2017)  Watch No 

Suicides in Today's Military: A Perplexing Problem.  Presented by Ret. Col. Bill Mark.

   Bill Mark, Chaplain at the VA Hospital in Bedford and a combat veteran, compares the difference between the more traditional wars and the non-traditional Iraq and Afghanistan Wars—a difference 

that erodes the mental health of our veterans.  He discusses what the Iraq and Afghanistan experiences have taught us about mental health. (67 min.; Mar. 2014) Watch Now

Tactical Air Operations: Afghanistan and Iraq.  Presented by Rich Jackson.

    A retired military aviator with over 22 years of service in the U. S. COast Guard and U. S. Air Force. Jackson discusses tactical aerial command, control, computers, and communications (C4ISR) in Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and New Dawn (OND). (2 discs, 89 min.; Jan. 2013) Watch Part 1 Now / Watch Part 2 Now

 

 


 











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