The Aviation Lecture Series is sponsored in part by Dayton Power & Light.
|James H. “Pee Wee” Martin to Speak as Part of Aviation Lecture Series
On Thursday night, October 16th, James “Pee Wee” Martin, made famous by the HBO mini-series, “Band of Brothers,” will speak in Troy. As a part of the WACO Aviation Lecture Series, WACO Historical Society, along with Troy Christian High School, will host this lecture at the Troy Christian High School gymnasium at 7 p.m. Door will open at 6:30 pm.
Jim Martin was in the 101st Airborne Division, with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Company G. He parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He fought there for thirty-three days until the 101st Airborne was relieved. Amazingly, at age 93 (on the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June, 2014) Jim Martin became the last WWII era American paratrooper to jump over Normandy. He landed behind Utah Beach just as he had on June 6, 1944.
Jim also fought in Holland in “Operation Market Garden,” in Germany during “Battle of the Bulge,” and at the Belgian crossroads town of Bastogne. After participating in operations in Germany early in 1945, the 101st Airborne Division ended their war by occupying Adolph Hitler’s mountain home in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria in April, 1945.
At this late date Jim “Pee Wee” Martin is one of the last remaining paratroopers from his unit who is still traveling, meeting the public and carrying forward an eyewitness account of his unit’s experiences. He does so as a representative of the veterans of the 101st Airborne Division who are no longer here and in an effort to promote and preserve the legacy and lessons of The Second World War.
There is no charge for the event. DVD’s will be available for purchase and donations will be accepted to benefit WACO Historical Society. Troy Christian High School is located at 700 S. Dorset Rd, Troy, OH 45373. For more information, call 937-335-9226.
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The WACO Historical Society has a dual purpose: Preservation of history of the WACO Aircraft Company and the Golden Age of Flight; and the education of young people in the area of math, science, technology and history, using aviation themes as a means toward enhancing student enthusiasm and response to traditional classroom curriculum.
WACO Historical Society
1865 South County Road 25A
Troy, Ohio 45373
Phone number: (937) 335-9226
FAX: (937) 335-4357