Band of Brothers World War II Panel Discussion

Band of Brothers World War II Panel Discussion
Posted on 01/21/2020
Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers: Easy Company, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle Nest

On January 9, 2020, Jerry Andrews’ Honors World History Class at Marlboro County High School presented a panel discussion on World War II based on the book Band of Brothers: Easy Company from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagles Nest.  While the panel members were spokesmen from small groups that read, researched and presented the topics, Caleb Washington discussed the Origins of the war.  Caleb discussed issues from the end of World War I, through the Great Depression and ended with the invasion of Poland which represents the start of World War II in Europe.  Daquan offered an overview of the book and elaborated on the key commanders and noncommissioned offers from Easy Company.  Prince Johnson addressed the Normandy Invasion on D-Day, June 6, 1944.  He elaborated on the leadership of Supreme Allied Commander Dwight David Eisenhower and his command of US, British and (Free) French counterparts.  Sean Townsend presented material on D-Day +1 through the Battle of the Bulge (Bastogne).  Sean discussed the hardships of the battle, the significance of the weather, and the struggles of the 101st Airborne during one of the most challenging battles of World War II.  Tara Rutzler followed with her discussion of the aftermath of the Bulge until V-E (Victory in Europe) Day when the Germans surrender to the Allie powers.  Landon Shelley presented the end of the war and discussed the post war lives of Easy Company.  The unifying members of class were Jaila Bostic and Madison Parker who acted as co-moderators for the panel.  To complete the program the honor guard team of the Rockingham American Legion set up historical uniforms, equipment, and displays for various conflicts of the 20th Century.  The class wanted to express their appreciation to Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord and the school’s administration for its support of this project, as well as, the following teachers who acted as hostesses for the presentation; LaTonya Boatwright, Jacqueline Cousar, and Rhonda Van Pelt.  Music was provided by the Perkins family, MCHS Band and refreshment were prepared by the MCHS Culinary Arts department (Loretta Brown).

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