The Navy Memorial Commemorates The 60th Anniversary Of The Korean War
WHAT: Special Evening Program to Commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War: Such Men as These & “The Bridges of Toko-Ri”
WHEN: Wednesday, May 26th 2010, 6 P.M.-9:30 P.M.
WHERE: United States Navy Memorial
Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
COST: Free and open to the public.
CONTACT: (202) 737-2300.
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, the Navy Memorial will host a special evening event featuring Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Thomas Hudner and author David Sears. Capt. Hudner will give introductory remarks on naval aviation in the Korean War and Sears will discuss his new book Such Men as These: The Daring Exploits and Real Life Heroes that Inspired James A. Michener’s Bridges at Toko-Ri. The evening concludes with a screening of the 1954 classic, Academy Award-winning* film “The Bridges of Toko-Ri” starring William Holden and Grace Kelly.
Such Men as These details the exploits of the real men who formed the basis of the stories and essays that eventually became the novel The Bridges at Toko-Ri by James A. Michener. David Sears captures the struggles, the defeats suffered and victories earned by the men who served on aircraft carriers in the Korean War. The book will be available for sale and Sears will be taking questions and signing books after his lecture.
The 102-minute film “The Bridges at Toko-Ri,” inspired by Michener’s novel, stars William Holden as Lt. Harry Brubaker, a Navy Reserve officer called in to fly jets in the Korean War. After being rescued from the Sea of Japan, he is involved in a mission to destroy a series of bridges used by Communist forces. Grace Kelly and Mickey Rooney co-star.
David Sears is a New Jersey-based historian author and speaker. His early career included service as a U.S. Navy officer with duty aboard the destroyer USS Gearing and as an advisor to the Vietnamese Navy during the Vietnam conflict. This is his third book. His D.L. Sears Books also produces the “Tin Can Calendar” featuring artwork of US Navy destroyers by Thomas Calvin Houtz.