Louisiana Institute of Higher Education
#36 “World War II & the Korean War: St. Bernard Connections”
2003-2004 History Lecture Series Season – March 7th, 2005
Ron Chapman, Assistant Professor of History, Nunez Community College
Charles Kingston, Korean War veteran
Allen Tillery, World War II veteran
Attendance – 91
The lecture explored the conditions and emotions of the average soldier during combat. Too often, history books take the perspective of the generals and presidents. Missing in this approach are the sights, sounds and smells of some of the most extreme situations that human beings have ever been asked to endure. A secondary theme was that World War II in the Paciﬁc and the Korean War were connected in many ways. Chapman gave a brief historical overview of American involvement in the wars in Asia in the 1940s and early 1950s. Allen Tillery, local resident and World War II veteran in the Paciﬁc, recounted his times as a soldier in the war against Japan. Finally, Charles Kingston, local resident and Korean War veteran, told about his ordeals in the “forgotten” war.