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Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2020 6:22 p.m. PST

Not to toot my own horn, but I will be presenting "Turks, Indians, Spaniards, and a Flight around the World: The Lives and Military Careers of Four Mississippians" at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History's "History Is Lunch" program. This is the announcement of the program:

In the course of his work with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jim Pitts became intrigued by the distinguished military service of Captain Henry Metcalfe, Major James Watson, Lieutenant Reuben Turman, and Lieutenant Henry Ogden. Between them they had been awarded three Silver Stars for heroic actions in the Spanish American War, one Distinguished Service Medal for a 1924 "Around the World Flight," and the Turkish Order of Osmani for service to the Turkish Army by a foreign national.

"Their stories are as diverse as the four soldiers," said Pitts. "Two were graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, one had attended West Point and later received his commission through a competitive examination, and the fourth was directly commissioned as a result of his service."

The impacts they made on the U.S. Army were also varied. "Two were awarded their medals posthumously, one of them from wounds received in battle," said Pitts. "They were inventors and innovators—one is remembered as an expert in cost accounting, one was an aviation pioneer, another is memorialized with a sea coast defense battery."

The streaming-only program will take place at 12 noon [CST] on Wednesday, July 29. It will be shown live on the Mississippi Department of Archives and History's Facebook page — — and available afterwards on the MDAH YouTube channel — YouTube link .

I hope that you might find it interesting.


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2020 12:23 p.m. PST

The presentation went well. If you missed it on Facebook, it is loaded on the Department's YouTube channel at YouTube link

Please let me know what you thought about it.



Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2020 1:12 p.m. PST

Thank you!

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