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Pearl Harbor attack will be topic of lecture

COLTS NECK – James Kane will present a lecture about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to mark the 75th anniversary of the event that launched the United States into World War II.

Kane will speak at the Colts Neck Public Library, Winthrop Drive, from 2-3 p.m. Dec. 2. All are invited to attend the presentation.

“This fast-paced one-hour program will tell that haunting story – in lecture and slides of the actual attack, and audio presentation; a must-see for all Americans as we near the 75th anniversary of that fateful tropical morning in the Pacific,” states information provided by the library.

On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese launched an attack on the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor with a force of 33 ships, including six aircraft carriers and 350 attack aircraft. At the time it was the largest naval attack force ever assembled, according to the information.

The attack left much of the American Pacific fleet damaged and several battleships sunk (including the Arizona with 1,177 sailors and Marines entombed). The attack killed more than 2,400 Americans and wounded hundreds more.

Kane is a former teacher, prep school headmaster, principal and superintendent of schools. He is currently a professor of history at William Paterson University, Wayne.

Kane is a graduate of the Officers Candidate School, U.S. Marine Corps, Quantico, Va., and holds the rank of captain, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

For more information, call the library at 732-431-5656.

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