Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Patriots of War

Through my Sights video coverGlenn Kappelman
Saturday, February 23, 2002. 10:00 a.m.
As a gunner with the 106th Armored Cavalry Group, Kappelmann took more than 400 photographs throughout France, Germany and Austria. A documentary based on his photos — Through My Sights: A Gunner’s View of WWII — will be shown during his presentation and offered for sale in the museum store.


Ed MathenyEd Matheny
Saturday, March 16, 2002. 10:00 a.m.
Stationed in Tokyo Bay during the occupation of Japan, Matheny served as a Lieutenant on the USS New Jersey. A retired partner of Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin, his new book, The Pursuit of the Ruptured Duck: When Kansas Citians Went to War, details wartime experiences of many familiar Kansas City residents.

Herman JohnsonHerman A. Johnson
Saturday, March 30, 2002. 10:00 a.m.
A former USAF Major with the Tuskegee Airmen, Johnson is a recognized civic leader on both the local and national levels. His present affiliations include: National NAACP Legal Defense Fund, UMKC Trustees and Jackson County Land Trust. He served two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives and was appointed by the Governor to several state commissions.


Jack WoodsonJack Woodson
Saturday, April 13, 2002. 10:00 a.m.
1st Lieutenant, 17th Ordnance Company (Armored), Woodson arrived in the Philippines in 1941. Three months later, war erupted. His company surrendered to the Japanese in April 1942. During the 31/2 year period as a prisoner of war, he was forced to endure the famous “Death March” and internment at camps in the Philippines and Japan.

James P. Meigs & Albert Curley
Saturday, April 27, 2002. 10:00 a.m.
Troopers Meigs and Curley served as infantrymen in the 9th Cavalry — also known as the “Buffalo Soldiers.” Today they are residents of Junction City, Kansas, and have been instrumental in preserving the “Buffalo Soldier” story.

A new Saturday morning speakers series featuring World War II veterans sharing their unique stories.

Presented in cooperation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Miller Nichols Library.

As part our "Presidential Studies Collection" partnership, we invite you to visit the web site "Voices of World War II: Experiences From the Front and at Home".

All presentations will be held in the Truman Presidential Museum & Library’s Whistle Stop Room. Refreshments will be served.

The programs are free with museum admission, but seating is limited. For reservations, call the museum special events office at 816-833-1400, ext. 254.