This June is the 80th anniversary of the Midway during World War II. In commemoration of that event, Vic Arendell of Sullivan, a long time student of that battle, will be presenting “The Battle Midway” for the June meeting of the Moultrie County
Historical and Genealogical Society at 7:00 p.m. on June 16, 2022 at the Lovington Fire Station on Rt. 32 in downtown Lovington.
The Pacific Battle of Midway of June 4-7, 1942, occurred just six months after the US Pacific fleet was devastated by the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December, 1941. After invading Midway, the Japanese Imperial Navy planned to take Hawaii and then move east to the west coast of the United States. The public is invited to hear how the Japanese were soundly defeated by the US Navy at Midway, and the role played by a young Navy man from Lovington, Illinois who did not survive.
FTG 2 SS Arendell was in the submarine service of the US Navy from 1964-1972 on both active duty and in the reserves. A native of Detroit, he operated Hezzy’s Bowling Alley, a popular gathering place for many years on the west edge of Sullivan. Now a retired City of Sullivan empolyee, he is married to the former Donna Scroggins Guin.
Following the program, the audience will be invited to share stories about family members and Moultrie men who were in the South Pacific. At least twelve Moultrie men died in the Pacific theater during World War II, including Pearl Harbor, the Philippines, Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, Okinawa and over Japan itself.
A record crowd, including many descendants of former coal miners, gathered at Lovington for last month’s program about the Lovington Coal Mine presented by Ralph Kirk and Dale Jones. The remodeling of the new Moultrie History Center is progressing on South Hamilton in Sullivan which will have a museum and research library, as well as a meeting place for the society and other groups.