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LECTURE - Friendly Fire in the WWII U.S. Navy

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Friends’ Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: “Commence Fire. Check Fire, Cease Fire: Friendly Fire Incidents in the U. S. Navy During World War II” by retired PSU emeritus Assistant Dean and former naval line officer (Captain, USNR) Robert Baldwin. The incidents of Friendly-Fire by U.S. naval forces, especially early in WW- II, were unfortunately all too common. Our armed forces quickly recognized the seriousness of the problem and addressed remedies to prevent their occurrence. The Navy’s efforts were directed to accelerate instructional programs of recognition and identification aimed at separating “Friend from Foe”. The purpose of this lecture is to discuss several of the Navy’s programs and to demonstrate a selection of WW-II training aids used in them. Two incidents causing friendly casualties provide a background for the discussion. 7:30 p.m. Donation Requested.

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