Holiday Speaker and Meeting
November 20, 2018
Location: John Allison Public House
155 South Antrim Way
Greencastle, PA 17225
Doors open at 6:00pm
Buffet Meal served at 6:30pm
Cost: $23 per person
Reservations and payment deadline: Thursday, November 15
Checks payable to Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle, PA 17225 OR purchase online.
Guest speaker: Ed Bearss.
Holiday Dinner: The Battle of Belleau Wood
Allison-Antrim Museum’s 2018 Holiday meeting and dinner will be held at John Allison Public House, 155 South Antrim Way, Greencastle, on Tuesday, November 20. The buffet meal will be served at 6:30 pm. The meeting and dinner are both open to the public. The menu includes braised turkey breast with pan gravy or honey baked ham, vegetable medley, whipped potatoes, coffee and tea. The price per person is $23, which includes gratuity and tax. Reservations “and” payment must be “received” by Thursday, November 15. Checks, payable to Allison-Antrim Museum, may be sent to 365 S Ridge Ave, Greencastle, PA 17225 or reservations can be made and paid via PayPal on the Museum’s website at greencastlemuseu.org. If paying via PayPal, the receipt is your ticket, which must be brought with you.
The speaker is Ed Bearss, one of the foremost military historians in the U.S. He will be speaking on the Battle of Belleau Wood – one of the bloodiest and most ferocious battles in World War I, for American troops. It was fought 100 years ago June 1 – 26, 1918 and has become a key component of U. S. Marine Corps lore. This allied victory cost American forces (Marine and U.S. Army), along with their French and English allies, nearly 10,000 casualties, which includes 1,800 dead. Of those dead, 1,056 were U.S. Marines.
Overall, the Marines made six attacks into the woods, fighting parts of five German divisions. The superior marksmanship of the Marines cost many German lives and often the fighting was reduced to hand-to-hand combat.
The battle also produced one of the most famous quotes in U.S. Marines Corps history. Early in the battle, First Sgt. Dan Daly, the recipient of two Medals of Honor, prompted his men to move forward with, "Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?"
Ed Bearss’ uncle, Hiram Bearss, was a legendary Marine who fought at Belleau Wood. A former Marine himself, Ed Bearss served in the Pacific during WWII and was seriously wounded by Japanese machine gun fire on New Britain, January 2, 1944.
Bearss served as the Chief Historian of the National Park Service from 1981 to 1994. Upon his retirement, he was given the title of Chief Historian Emeritus by the National Park Service. Bearss is the recipient of more than 15 awards for his work in history and battlefield preservation. He appears frequently as a commentator on various television documentaries, among them: Ken Burns' PBS production The Civil War. Bearss is the author, or editor of more than 20 books on the Civil War. At the age of 95, he is still going strong as a speaker or tour guide for groups such as The Smithsonian Associates and Chambersburg Civil War Seminars. Don't miss this exciting and engrossing presentation by a national treasure.
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