- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - The New York State Military History Museum is hosting a talk by the author of book about a World War II Pacific battle spearheaded by soldiers in a New York National Guard unit.

Patrick Chaisson of Scotia is the author of “Makin Taken: The 27th Infantry Division’s Baptism by Fire, November, 1943.”

Known as “Operation Galvanic,” the American invasion of the Gilbert Islands sent the Army’s 27th Division to capture the Japanese-held island of Makin while the Marine Corps landed at Tarawa. Many of the soldiers in the 27th were New Yorkers who were mobilized into active service with the New York National Guard in 1940.

Chaisson is a former New York Army National Guard officer who retired after a 26-year military career.

His talk begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the military museum in downtown Saratoga Springs.


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