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Iowa History 101: Respect for the fallen, duty for the survivors: Robert T. Smith’s search for World War II servicemen lost in the South Pacific

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Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 12:00 to 1:00pm
600 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA

Join Jerome Thompson as he relates the work of Des Moines native Robert Smith during and after World War II in the Graves Registration branch of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps. Learn about his years searching jungles in New Guinea and other islands for downed aircraft or remains of soldiers missing in action. Learn also about contemporary work to follow up on his “cold cases” from more than 70 years ago.

The Iowa History 101 webinars share Iowa stories and the history of the state through a cultural history lens on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Registration is required for each event and to receive a link to the recorded program.


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