WWII

Veterans’ Day Presentation at Fort Vancouver Visitor Center: Pacific War Memories

In honor of Veterans Day, the Friends of Fort Vancouver are hosting a discussion and book signing by Clyde Holloway, son of Stanley P. Holloway, who served as a marine in the Pacific Islands during four years of World War II. Holloway’s unit was the “Forgotten Battalion,” involved with the battles of Tulagi, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, and Iwo Jima. Holloway will be at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, to read from his book, “Pacific War Marine,” which chronicles the wartime experiences of hi father.

Stanley P. Holloway didn’t say anything about the war for fifty years. Then his son started asking him questions. What followed was an outpouring of stories that spanned four years, including numerous island invasions. Holloway braved machine gun fire while Marines died around him, watched a banzai attack, survived mortar barrages and Howitzer attacks, contracted life-threatening diseases…and met the love of his life. Stanley P. Holloway’s story of survival entails not only fighting, but also dealing with the inanities of the Marine Corps, developing a deep brotherhood with fellow Marines, and coping with the death and loss that war inevitably brings.

The Visitor Center, located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver, is part of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Ample free parking is available on site. The event is free and open to the public and no RSVP is necessary. Copies of the book will be available to purchase and be signed by Holloway. The event follows the annual Veterans’ Day Parade.

WWII Encampment at Ft. Vancouver

A free World War II living history encampment will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, just west of Pearson Air Museum. This event is in partnership with the Living History Group Northwest, a local World War II living history organization.

The living history re-enactors, dressed in World War II uniforms, will portray members of the 113th Cavalry, the 8th Infantry Division’s Battalion Aid Station, members of the U.S. Army Air Corps, as well as the women who worked during the war, commonly known as “Rosie the Riveter.” The encampment will include period weaponry, tents and equipment, including Army jeeps, trucks, a M3 Stuart light tank, and a BT-13 advanced training airplane. The encampment will be set up to the west of Pearson Air Museum, on the eastern edge of the park’s popular Spruce Mill trail.

The public is invited to stroll through the encampment, talk to the living history re-enactors, and to get a close-up view of their uniforms and equipment. Pearson Air Museum will be open during the event, and the public is encouraged to park in the museum’s parking lot, or along East 5th St.

Free WW2 Films at the Kiggins

  • Aug. 8: Daniel Craig stars in “Copenhagen,” an acclaimed adaptation of the popular Michael Frayn stage-play based around a trip the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made to Copenhagen in 1941 to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. Together, they revolutionized atomic physics in the 1920s—but now the world has changed and the two men are on opposite sides in a world war.
  • Aug. 15: Ian Hart stars as Adolph Hitler in the powerful courtroom drama, “Hitler on Trial.” Ed Stoppard stars as Hans Litten, the young lawyer who dares to cross-examine Adolf Hitler in a Berlin courtroom in 1931. Litten’s goal: to expose Hitler’s true character and murderous plans, and halt the rapid rise of the Nazi Party.
  • Aug. 22: In “Wodehouse in Exile,” BAFTA and Emmy-award winning writer Nigel Williams crafts an intimate portrait of British humorist P.D. Wodehouse. An all-star cast led by Tim-Pigott-Smith and Zoe Wanamaker portrays how the creator of Jeeves and Wooster faced treason charges that prevented him from setting foot on English soil again.
  • Aug. 29: Eddie Izzard stars in “Castles in the Sky,” which recounts the human drama behind Scotsman Robert Watson-Watt’s history-altering invention of radar technology. On the brink of war, Watson-Watt’s invention changed the playing field and advanced the British’s chances against the rising Nazi party.

4 Free WW2 Films at the Kiggins

The BBC is partnering with the Kiggins Theatre to present four free films commemorating  the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The films will be shown at 10 a.m. on Aug. 8, 15, 22, and 29 at the Kiggins, 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. All shows are free and open to the public. There will be speakers introducing and leading question-and-answer sessions after each show. For more details, visit www.kigginstheatre.com—or read on for a synopsis of each film:

  • Aug. 8: Daniel Craig stars in “Copenhagen,” an acclaimed adaptation of the popular Michael Frayn stage-play based around a trip the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made to Copenhagen in 1941 to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. Together, they revolutionized atomic physics in the 1920s—but now the world has changed and the two men are on opposite sides in a world war.
  • Aug. 15: Ian Hart stars as Adolph Hitler in the powerful courtroom drama, “Hitler on Trial.” Ed Stoppard stars as Hans Litten, the young lawyer who dares to cross-examine Adolf Hitler in a Berlin courtroom in 1931. Litten’s goal: to expose Hitler’s true character and murderous plans, and halt the rapid rise of the Nazi Party.
  • Aug. 22: In “Wodehouse in Exile,” BAFTA and Emmy-award winning writer Nigel Williams crafts an intimate portrait of British humorist P.D. Wodehouse. An all-star cast led by Tim-Pigott-Smith and Zoe Wanamaker portrays how the creator of Jeeves and Wooster faced treason charges that prevented him from setting foot on English soil again.
  • Aug. 29: Eddie Izzard stars in “Castles in the Sky,” which recounts the human drama behind Scotsman Robert Watson-Watt’s history-altering invention of radar technology. On the brink of war, Watson-Watt’s invention changed the playing field and advanced the British’s chances against the rising Nazi party.