Pacific Historic Parks, in partnership with the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, would like to invite the community to join us LIVE on Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at 9am for Operation Forager, Northern Attack Force: The Battle for Saipan and Tinian with Don A. Farrell.
About this Talk
Just as the Battle of Midway was a turning point in the Pacific War by crippling Japan’s carrier fleet, so too were the Battles for Saipan and Tinian turning points in the Pacific War in that they cut Japan’s line of communications to and from its “southern resource area” and established forward naval and air bases from which American forces could conduct the campaign for the ultimate defeat of Japan. Saipan would be a tough nut to crack, having been under Japanese administration since 1914. Tinian’s capture enabled the construction of the largest airbase in the world, supporting the new B-29 Superfortress that would take the war to the Japanese home islands. A maximum effort at interservice cooperation was required from invasion, to base development, to B-29 operations.
Don A. Farrell was born in Redmond, Oregon, and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965-1971. Farrell has published several books and credits his understanding of Marianas history to 35 years of government service, including chief of staff to the speaker of the Guam Legislature, and chief of staff to the mayor of the Municipality of Tinian and Aguiguan. He has also served as chairman of the CNMI Board of Education and a member of both the Northern Marianas Humanities Council and the CNMI Historic Preservation Review board.
Registration is free, at https://bit.ly/PHP_HTSregistration_DonFarrellOperationForager.
This project was made possible by support from the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, a non-profit, private corporation with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act.
For more information on this event, contact Jovannalyn Mafnas at email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. (PHP)