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Incomparable Bravery - The U.S Marines at Belleau Wood in World War I

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Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building

914 Capitol Mall

Sacramento, CA 95814

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In commemoration of the 100th year anniversary of the Armistice that ended the first World War, the State Library presents a program that analyzes one of its key battles: The U.S. Marines at Belleau Wood in the French countryside.

For three weeks in 1918, battalions of untested American troops blunted a massive attack by battle-hardened German forces determined to reach Paris and force the Allies to surrender. What happened at the wooded section of France named Belleau Wood changed the trajectory of World War I and is credited with creating the modern U.S. Marine Corps.This talk will center on what happened at Belleau Wood, why it is important, and how it became an iconic moment in the U.S. involvement in what was then called the Great War.

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Tony Perry was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times for 28 years including 14 trips to cover the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 2003 wildfires in Southern California. Before coming to The Times, he worked at newspapers in Davis, Riverside and San Diego. He graduated from the University of California with a degree in English literature and did graduate work at UC Davis. He lives in Encinitas with his wife, Ann, a business reporter; their sons, Wes and Mike, live in Chicago.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Light refreshments served.


A Night at the State Library speaker series covers topics on California's rich history and is generously funded by the California State Library Foundation.

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