Warfare Along the Lakefront on Dec. 7!

The Italian American Veterans Museum is proud to present

“Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan”


With Introduction by

Commander Joseph E. Troiani, U.S. Navy (Ret.)


3 p.m. • Saturday, December 7, 2019

Italian American Veterans Museum

3800 Division St. • Stone Park, IL • 60165


Just off Chicago’s shoreline during World War II, the U.S. Navy trained more than 15,000 carrier pilots on a pair of coal-fired, side-wheel passenger steamers transformed into “flattops.”

Not every pilot landed successfully on the pitching decks of the USS Wolverine and USS Sable, and many aircraft plunged into the watery depths. Today, more than 100 WWII aircraft rest at the bottom of the lake.

The acclaimed PBS documentary “Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan” tells the story of the recovery of those rare war birds and the ingenious training program that changed the course of the war in the Pacific.

The Italian American Veterans Museum will screen the documentary on Dec. 7. Doors will open at 2 p.m., and the film will be screened at 3. Museum board member Joseph Troiani, a retired Navy commander and consultant for the film, will give a PowerPoint presentation and field questions before the screening.

Light refreshments will be served before each event. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Seating is extremely limited, and reservations are an absolute must! Call 708-338-0690 and leave your name, phone and the number of people in your party.

The museum is located on the third floor of the Office Center at Casa Italia, 3800 Division St., Stone Park.

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