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Tanks highlight Army Heritage Days; PA Human Relations Commission on hate groups

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 18, 2017 3:57 AM
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A U.S. Army tank on display at U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center/photo Scott LaMar WITF

What to look for on Smart Talk, Thursday, May 18, 2017:

The very first American soldier assigned to a tank corps was Lt. Col. George S. Patton in 1917.  Of course, Patton went on to become a General who led the U.S. Army's 4th Armored Division in North Africa and Europe during World War II.

Tanks and armored vehicles is one of the highlights of this year's Army Heritage Days at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle this weekend.

Vehicles like a Sherman Tank, an M18 Hellcat, and a Vietnam-era M114 will be among those on display and taking to AHEC's new tank course. 

On Thursday's Smart Talk, we'll learn about tanks and the evolution of the infantry soldier from Jack Giblin, Director of Visitor and Education Services at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and retired Col. Alexander Kose.


Col. Alexander Kose, ret. / Jack Giblin - Director, Visitor and Education Services. The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

Also, the Ku Klux Klan is coming to town is not something most people want to hear but that's the case this weekend in Southern Lancaster County. 

LNP has reported that the invitation-only gathering of the East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire chapter of the Klan is scheduled in or near Quarryville.  It also has been reported that a cross burning is to take place. 

Is this unusual and how prevalent are hate groups in PA?

Josh Bartash, an investigator for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission joins us.


Joshua Bartash - Investigator, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission


on Army Heritage Days:

- The U.S. Armed Forces were segregated during WWI and WWII.

The Red Ball Express was the famed truck convoy system that supplied Allied Forces with munitions, fuel, food, and medical supplies was a "Colored" contingent.  So, successful that General Eisenhower applied the success as the basis to develop the current  Eisenhower Interstate system.

Please speak on the importance of Supply.

 Bravo Zulu for Supply/Logistics.  Lets also talk about the economic infrastructure and the multiplier effect. 

PS: My grandfather, who was in the Colored Army, died of his WWI injuries, providing supplies in Europe.                                   - Mark Smith, Us DoD Supply.

on kkk rally:

-  Please find attached the official event flyer. All are welcome to our peaceful gathering to promote unity and education.  We are excited and look forward to our platform of speakers, musicians and artists that will help us embrace, envision and empower our communities!!!!               - Joyce



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