Next meeting: March 14, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Rails of War
During World War II the Military Railwaay Service operated and maintained railroads in Europe, North Africa, Asia, and the Pacific that totaled more than 22,000 miles of track. Some 43,500 soldier-railroaders served in the Army in every theater of operations moving personnel and freight, often under enemy fire and through extreme weather conditions.
One of those soldier-railroaders was James Harry Hantzis who served with the 721st Railway Operating Battalion in the China-Burma-India theater.
On March 14th, James’ son, Steven, will recount his father’s experiences building, maintaining, and operating 700 miles of railroad through some of the most inhospitable conditions in the world.