MacArthur Week Programs: June 5, 2023



War Memorial Center: Memorial Hall, 3rd floor

8:30 a.m.  Breakfast Program

“Prime Minister Curtin and the Australian Labor Movement”
Sponsored by Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO

  • VCRT & WMC Board Member, Michael Balistriere presiding
  • Presenter: Professor Emeritus David Black, Curtin University, Perth, West Australia.
  • Panel: Gwen Sheppard, VCRT & WMC Board Member; Chair; Clair Zellner, VCRT; Rick Badger, Executive Director, District Council 40, AFSCME; Sheila Cochran, CEO, Milwaukee Area Labor Council; Phil Neuenfeldt, President, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

10:30 a.m. “The MacArthur-Curtin Military and Diplomatic Alliance in Australia – 1941-45 - How The War Was Won”

  • David Black, Perth, West Australia


1:00 p.m. “The Philippines: Land and Sea – WWII in the Pacific”
Sponsored by the Filipino American community of Greater Milwaukee with Creamheld Pepito presiding

1:05 p.m. “The Evolving Relationship Between The Philippines and The United States”

  • The Honorable Romulo Victor Israel, Deputy Consul,  Philippines Consulate – Chicago

1:10 p.m. “The MacArthurs in the Philippines to Corregidor”

1:45 p.m. “U.S. Navy & Marines Fighting with Valor as Infantry at Bataan & Corregidor – Early 1942 in The Philippines”

  • Introduction by Navy League President Tom Buck
  • John Gordon, Author, “Fighting for MacArthur: The Navy and Marines Corps’ Desperate Defense of the Philippines”

2:20 p.m. “Behind Enemy Lines – Filipino & American Guerrilla Activity After Corregidor Until Liberation By Macarthur”

  • Cream Pepito and James Zobel.

2:45 p.m. “Battle of Leyte Gulf – What Happened As The Liberation Of The Philippines Commenced”

  • Introduction by Navy League President Tom Buck
  • Dr. Louis DiMarco, John Gordon, Eric Wertheim and Sherman Fleek

3:15 p.m. Question and Answer/Adjourn