The Coffee Cup Bunch of the Friends of the Library will hear a presentation by Phillip McMahan about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that precipitated the United States’ entry into World War II. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Altus Public Library. In addition to addressing why it was attacked and what happened during the attack, he will also explore the success of the action.
“I have always enjoyed WWII history,” McMahan commented. “When I was a young boy, I built airplane and ship models, and later I read a great deal about WWII. I was interested in topics ranging from the political and military leaders to the strategies and tactics they employed to the technology they used.”
“As an adult, I was fortunate to witness three very important WW II anniversaries. I went to Hawaii for a week-long symposium for the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor in 1991, I was aboard the QE2 for the cruise and the events in England and Normandy for the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 1994, and I returned to Hawaii for the 50th anniversary of the end of the war in the Pacific in 1995.”
McMahan’s presentation will draw on a number of WWII books and documents, including: At Dawn We Slept by Gordon Prange, Donald Goldstein, and Katherine Dillon; Attack on Pearl Harbor: Strategy, Combat, Myths by Allan Zimm; Steady Nerves and Stout Hearts by Robert Cressman and Michael Wenger; The Way It Was: Pearl Harbor Attack by Donald Goldstein, Katherine Dillon, Michael Wenger; and others.
“Phillip’s presentation is particularly well-timed, occurring just days before Veterans Day. Since most if not all of our members and guests have recollections of and ties to WWII, this will be a presentation of particular interest to the group,” commented Jennie Buchanan, program director for the Coffee Cup Bunch. “I had the opportunity to listen to Phillip talk informally about WWII and was thrilled when he agreed to share his knowledge and insights with our group.”
A native of Altus, McMahan is currently pursuing an advanced degree in banking at Oklahoma State University. Most recently, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the First National Bank in Altus.
The Coffee Cup Bunch meets on the first Wednesdays of each month. The meetings are free and open to the public.