Living History

This series includes two presentations that could be called "Grandpa, what did you do during the Vietnam War?" and another "Grandpa, what did you do during Desert Shield and Storm?" These have both anecdotes from his role as well as details to help the audience understand what actually happened.

I'm passionate about the topic of "Jews in the American Military." Very few Americans, much less members of the Jewish community know or understand the contributions these men and women made. For example, did you know the founder/father of the Green Berets was Colonel Aaron Bank? Or, that Rear Admiral Uriah P. Levy pushed through legislation that ended flogging as a punishment inthe American military and saved Monticello from being broken up and sold at a bankruptcy auction.

 

Navy Combat Search and Rescue Over and Around North Vietnam

What the attendees will learn: What and where the Navy’s combat search and rescue operations were conducted during the Vietnam War. Overview: The common perception is that the Air Force made all the combat rescues during the Vietnam War.  The truth is that 50% of the combat rescues (based on the DOD definition) were made…

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Navy Helicopter Operations in the Arabian Gulf During Desert Shield and Storm

What the attendees will learn: How a multi-national task force used helicopters during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Overview: During Desert Shield/Storm, Marc was responsible for tasking and operational control of 140+ helicopters flown from pilots from 14 nations. This is his “Grandpa, what did you do during Desert Storm?” talk. Navy and Army helicopter…

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Naval Lessons from the American Revolution

What the Attendees Will Learn: Four naval lessons were valid in 1775 and are more so today. Overview: When the Continental Navy came into existence in 1775, the Royal Navy had 350+ rated ships with 20 guns or more and another 150 smaller ones. At the time, the Royal Navy was the most experienced, best…

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Jews in the American Military

What the attendees will learn: The stories of American Jews not named Rickover who made significant contributions to the American military. Overview: Most Americans (and American Jews) do not realize the significant contribution their fellow congregants made to American military history. Mr. Liebman introduces you to men and women, starting with the American Revolution and…

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The Thunderbirds Go to War

The squadron that became the original Thunderbirds started as the 34th Aero Squadron during World War I. After the war, they became the 34th Pursuit Squadron and in 1932, the War Department approved their distinctive logo based on an American Indian design and officially because the Thunderbirds. At the time, they were flying Curtiss P-12s…

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