Branches of Honor: Past, Present, and Future
with Ed Burke, U.S. Army, 29th Infantry Division, WWII; Bob Abrams, 1/9 1st Air Cavalry, Vietnam War; Katie Mortonm, U.S. Army, Operation Iraqi Freedom
7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Lunken Airport Sky Galley Banquet Room
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In commemoration of Veteran’s Day, join Cincinnati Museum Center for insight into the acts of heroism of three military members who served in different armed conflicts.
Ed Burke served as a Company Commander with a tank Destroyer Unit attached to the 29th infantry division during World War II. In February 1944, his unit arrived in Cardiff, Wales, where he trained for eventual landing at Omaha Beach on June 6. His experiences of fighting across northern France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany, and liberating the Nordhausen Camp for prisoners of war, culminated in being awarded more than ten combat medals and citations.
Bob Abrams is a Vietnam Veteran who served as an Infantry Squad Leader in 1969 with the 1/9 First Air Calvary Division. He will share his story of leading men into battle, and lessons on leadership from his training at NCO school in Ft. Benning Georgia for one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States Army. The recipient of several medals, Bob’s account includes the ambush of his company of sixty by 600 North Vietnamese Regular Army soldiers.
Katie Morton is a 4th generation military veteran who served as an Army Reservist in Operation Iraqi Freedom during the first year of combat in Iraq. The only female soldier in her unit, she fought for equality and basic needs as a woman in a combat zone, and overcame adversity and discrimination in the male-dominated field of firefighting. Her unique perspective includes the fostering of relationships with Iraqi natives and how those relationships sustained her during the deployment.
In collaboration with Honor Flight Tri-State, each speaker exemplified the strength to serve in spite of the obstacles they faced as featured in Legacy of Courage: True Stories of Honor Flight Veterans, by Cheryl Popp and Peter Bronson. The series will be available for sale after the lecture.
In collaboration with Honor Flight Tri-State and Lunken Airport