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Presentation about Battle of Midway to be held at Boro library
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    The Battle of Midway and World War II may seem a long way from Bulloch County, but for families who sent a loved one into military service, the past remains an ever present memory.
    For the family of U.S. Ensign Glen Hodges, the ultimate sacrifice was made during the Battle of Midway, and Hodges became one of the 43 members of the military to have a destroyer escort named in his honor. Hodges, a torpedo plane pilot, was also honored for his service with the Navy Cross. The Navy commissioned the USS Hodges in 1944. The ship and its crew, including two of Glen’s brothers, saw combat in the Pacific Theater.
    Georgia Southern University history professor Tom McMullen has made a study of the Battle of Midway and the role of Glen Hodges in that battle. Dr. McMullen will speak on Ensign Hodges and those who fought with him at the Statesboro Regional Library on Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m.
    Dr. McMullen recently attended the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, and his talk will include photographs taken at that time. Dr. McMullen specializes in American Military History and he served for more than 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.
    This event is the latest in an ongoing series made possible from a grant through the Grassroots Arts Program of the Statesboro Arts Council highlighting local people who were part of this nation’s “greatest generation.” According to librarian Chuck Davis, “We felt it was important to tell the stories about the soldiers and sailors who served in the military during World War II. These stories will help us and younger generations remember and appreciate their bravery more fully.”
    This event is free and open to the public.
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