165 Whisconier Rd., Brookfield, CT 06804. Phone: 203-740-8140.
On April 4, 2016 at 7:30 PM, the Brookfield Historical Society will sponsor a power point presentation on the WWII Battle of Tarawa in the Pacific Theater in late November 1943. The program will take place at the Brookfield Museum located at 165 Whisconier Road (Junction of Routes 25 and 133) in Brookfield Center. The presenter, Dr. Gerard Brooker of Bethel, has visited the island and his lecture will include an examination of the costly struggle to secure the island and the importance of the battle. He will show photos he took on the island of the major battle sites, including Red Beach 2, a major Marine landing area and Japanese defenses and pill boxes. In addition, he will share a later experience during his visit last September to Knoxville, Tennessee. There, at a reburial ceremony, he delivered a eulogy honoring Marine 1st Lieut. Alexander Bonnyman, a Medal of Honor recipient, who was killed on Tarawa.