Christian McBurney will give the first lecture on his new book World War II Rhode Island. The state’s contribution to World War II vastly exceeded its small size. They included the Northeast’s largest naval air station at Quonset Point (with key support at Charlestown); a special, top-secret German POW camp was based in Narragansett; and civilians, including for the first time many women, did their part by manufacturing military equipment and warships. The talk will start with the scare of an enemy raid after Pearl Harbor and end with the war’s final German U-boat sunk off Point Judith.
Presented in partnership with the Kingston Free Library, this program is free and open to the public.
Photo: WAVES report to duty at the Naval Air Station, Quonset Point, in a Quonset hut, July 24, 1945.