Holyoke Public Library Event Calendar

Date: 10/15/2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Title: Liberty’s War An Engineer’s Memoir of the Merchant Marine, 1942-1945
Contact: Eileen Crosby, (413) 420-8017

In 1941, Herman Melton, a farm boy who had never seen the ocean, submitted an application for admittance to the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps.  More than fifty years later, with the help of his son, he composed a memoir of his wartime experiences as a Merchant Marine engineer.  The Merchant Marine became the workhorse of the military supply system and a critical factor in the outcome of World War II, but there are few surviving accounts of life below the decks of these remarkable ships. Stories of combat and the sinking of his ship are told in vivid detail in this carefully-researched book, along with the love story of Herman Melton and his future wife, Helen Louise Dunn.  
Will Melton, who edited and helped research Liberty’s War (2017), will bring an engaging presentation based on his father’s memories and primary source materials, followed by a Q & A. 
Free and open to the public.Sponsored by the Holyoke History Room. (413) 420-8107.

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