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Our Next Program

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Mr. Dennis Blocker

Naval Historian and Researcher

Topic: Researching World War II in the Pacific and Battle of Iwo Jima

(Click)  "The Heart of Hell"  

Dennis Blocker has long been an admirer of those who participated in the Second World War. An avid reader of all things pertaining to the war he was delighted to learn that both of his grandfathers and a great grandfather took part in the struggle. Unfortunately his grandfather, Clifford Lemke, died before he could learn any news of his service. It was this death and the wishes of his mother that led Dennis to search for the reason his grandfather would cry out in the night and kick and punch in his sleep. The journey took Dennis across the United States where he was able to interview men who knew his grandfather and had served with him in the Navy. Dozens of libraries were visited as well as City Hall's and Deeds Offices across this great nation. In addition several trips were made to the National Archives where declassified documents were scanned and photographs perused. The research has spanned over 14 years and has seen over 300 people interviewed. Hundreds of pieces of correspondence were mailed and thousands of e-mails sent out. The research brought to light an amazing tale that had never been covered in detail. With these interviews and hundreds of WWII era letters in hand Dennis approached author Mitch Weiss and asked if he would consider writing the book. The next two years saw great collaboration between these two men and the result is a fabulous manuscript that will astound. Dennis is the Pacific War Historian for the National LCI Association and is affiliated with the National Museum of the Pacific War, working with the museum in preserving history.  REGISTER ONLINE HERE 

Welcome Aboard the Greater Austin Council of the Navy League

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We are the Greater Austin Council of the Navy League of the United States.

Residents of Greater Austin  include a diverse mix of university professors, students, politicians, musicians, state employees, high-tech workers, and blue and white-collar workers of all persuasions. Austin is the capital of Texas.  The main campus of the University of Texas is located in Austin. The city is home to enough large sites of major technology corporations to have earned it the nickname "Silicon Hills." Austin's official slogan promotes the city as "The Live Music Capital of the World," a reference to its status as home to many musicians and music venues.

But Greater Austin is also home to best landlocked council in the Navy League.  We received our council charter on 26 January 1962 and are one of 240 Navy League of the United States councils located around the world. Members of the Council largely hail from an eight county area centered around Austin, Texas.

The Council, originally named the Austin Texas Council during 1962-1999 and called the Greater Central Texas Council during 2000-2009, assumed its current name to better reflect its geographic identity with the City of Austin and the adjacent counties which make up Greater Austin. The Council's new name, Navy League of the United States, Greater Austin Council was approved by the Navy League of the United States in May 2009.

The Council pursues the four elements of the Navy League's mission:

  • Educate the public and public officials of the necessity of Sea Power to our Nation's economy and security.
  • Support the men and women of the Sea Services
  • Provide support and assistance to the Sea Services
  • Support youth programs (NROTC, JROTC, Naval Sea Cadet Corps)

The Council conducts six educational programs each year. The programs, dinner meetings at the Austin Woman's Club, feature flag and general officers, senior enlisted advisers, DOD officials, historians, and others with insight or affiliation with the Sea Services.

USS Austin (LPD-4), our city's namesake ship, adopted and supported by the Council over many years was decommissioned in Norfolk, Virginia after 41 years of distinguished service on 27 September 2006. The formal adoption of another U. S. Navy ship by the Council is being explored through an awareness campaign known as "Where in the World is USS Austin?"

The University of Texas Naval ROTC is a key focus of the Council's support. The unit has also been adopted by the Council and actively participates in Council activities. The Council presents a Naval or Marine Corps Officer's sword to an outstanding graduating Midshipman or Officer Candidate at commissioning ceremonies each year.

The Council founded, sponsors and supports the COL William B. Travis Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and U. S. Navy League Corps .

The Sea and League Cadet Units were commissioned in 1987 and now drill at facilities at Fort Hood, Texas.

The Council has also adopted the Capital Area Young Marines. Young Marines are the youth program of the Marine Corps League.

Additionally, the Council has adopted the sixteen (16) area Junior Navy and Marine Corps ROTC units at Bastrop, Brenham, Georgetown, Elgin, Fredericksburg, Hays, Hendrickson, Lehman, New Braunfels, Round Rock, Stony Point, Travis, Vista Ridge, Belton, Midway (Waco), and La Vega (Waco) High Schools. Outstanding cadets of these units are the recipients of the Theodore Roosevelt Navy League Youth Medal each year.

Each sponsored organization receives a financial stipend from the Council each year in addition to the individual awards that are given.  The Council offers scholarships each year to meritorious graduating seniors of the sponsored junior ROTC programs and the William B. Travis Division of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

Contact the Greater Austin Council of the Navy League
Email:                                                    Telephone:  (512) 593-1GAC (1422)
US Mail:           Greater Austin Council,   8650 Spicewood Springs Road,  #145-625,  Austin TX   78759

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