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September 26, 2019
12:00 PM
Time Details:
About an hour
Visitors Center Auditorium
200 SE Fourth Street
Abilene, KS 67410
Military photo of Lt. Col. Earl "Pete" Ellis
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Lunch & Learn: "The Kansan Who Planned a Pacific War"

Thursday, September 26, 2019

In 1920, Marine Corps senior staff selected LTC Earl Hancock "Pete" Ellis to modernize its war plans. Originally from Pratt, Kansas, Ellis developed a strategy for Marine response in case of a future war in the Pacific. That plan would be implemented with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. This program will be presented by Troy Elkins, Museum Registrar at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. Elkins is a Ph.D. candidate at Kansas State University, studying education and doctrine development in the Marine Corps between WWI and WWII. Pete Ellis figures prominently in his study. Elkins was drawn to Ellis’s story because of his Kansas connection as well as Elkins own service with the Marines. The Lunch & Learn series is made possible by the Eisenhower Foundation and the Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation. This program is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.