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Pre-registration for the program is appreciated and may be made by calling (732) 224-2315. The course code is XWWTS 256 PR. More information regarding the content of the program is available from WWII Center director Professor Paul Zigo at (732) 224-2029 or e-mail.
Dr. Urwin’s lecture will be based on his current book Victory in Defeat: The Wake Island Defenders in Captivity, which relates in vivid detail the story of the defenders of Wake Island following their surrender to the Japanese on December 23, 1941.
A highly regarded military historian, Professor Urwin spent decades researching what happened after the surrender of Wake Island and will offer a revealing look at the U.S. Marines, sailors, soldiers, and civilian contractors in captivity. In addition to exhaustive archival research, he interviewed dozens of POWs and even some of their Japanese captors.
Dr. Urwin also had access to diaries secretly kept by the prisoners. This information has allowed him to provide a nuanced look at the Japanese guards and how the Americans survived three-and-a-half years in captivity
Dr. Urwin is the author of eight books including Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island which won the Gen. Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. He currently is Vice President of the Military History Society (MHS).