The Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Distinguished Lecture on World War II: Iwo Jima in the History of the US Marine Corps
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

5:00 p.m. Reception | 6:00 p.m. Presentation | 7:00 p.m. Book Signing

No other battle in the history of the Marine Corps is as ingrained in the Corps’ identity as Iwo Jima. Admiral Chester Nimitz memorialized the thousands of Marines who fought on Iwo Jima explaining, “uncommon valor was a common virtue.” Joe Rosenthal’s image of Marines raising the American flag atop Mount Suribachi is not only one of the most famous photos of the war, it became the national memorial in honor of the sacrifices made by Marines of the US Marine Corps since its inception in 1775.

On the eve of 75th anniversary of this defining battle, the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy presents The General Raymond E. Mason Jr. Distinguished Lecture on World War II with Charles Neimeyer, PhD, who recently retired as Director of Marine Corps History in Quantico, Virginia.

The reception and presentation are free and open to the public but please register to attend. Register online or call 504-528-1944 x 412.

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Charles P. Neimeyer, PhD, is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the US Marine Corps, and served as the Director of Marine Corps History and the Gray Research Center at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. Prior to coming to Quantico, Neimeyer was the former Dean of Academics at the US Naval War College and Forrest Sherman Chair of Public Diplomacy in Newport, Rhode Island, and a former Vice President of Academic Affairs at Valley Forge Military Academy and College. He also previously served as a history professor at the US Naval Academy and the University of Central Oklahoma. During his 20-year career as a military officer, Neimeyer served in a variety of posts and stations in the US Marine Corps, including tours in all three active Marine Corps divisions and service at the White House. He is the author of America Goes to War: A Social History of the Continental Army, 1775–1783 (New York University Press, 1996) and The Revolutionary War (Greenwood Press, 2007). He edited a volume published by the US Naval Institute in 2008 titled On the Corps: USMC Wisdom from the Pages of Leathernecks, Marine Corps Gazette, and Proceedings.

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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