War is one of the most defin-ing markers of a generation. But it is also a uniting experience, with the members of the military sharing a common bond through their experiences in different combats. As we mark the fifth year of the war in Iraq this Memorial Day, it is important to honor the sacrifices made by fellow Americans.
Author and World War II vet-eran Leon Cooper will be joined by Korean War veteran Greg Wenger and Iraq War veteran Lt. Col. Stephen Gayton and his wife Lt. Col. Elizabeth Gayton at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24th, at the Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, to speak on their experiences in the service.
Leon Cooper served for four years during WW II as a Naval officer with activity mainly in the Pacific. He took part in six inva-sions, including Iwo Jima. For the past several years he has worked as an author, publishing The War in the Pacific, a retrospective on the war from 1942 to 1945.
Greg Wenger was drafted into the army in October 1952. After reporting for service at Fort Dix, New Jersey, he was sent to Korea in April 1953, where he attained the rank of sergeant first class. Wenger was honorably discharged and returned home in September 1954.
Lt. Col. Stephen Gayton is currently earning a Ph.D. at the Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica. He most recently served as a battalion commander in the 3rd Infantry Division, responsible for reconstruction operations impacting more than three million Iraqis in the six districts in eastern Baghdad, including Sadr City.
Lt. Col. Elizabeth Gayton, a member of the New York Army National Guard, has ten years of active Army experience, and ten years of National Guard experience. She has served in Texas, Germany, Korea and Arkansas.
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