DEVENS — Guest speaker Michael Roberts, of Groton, speaks about the West Coast and the Pacific Ocean during World War II in his program on Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Fort Devens Museum, starting at 1 p.m.
At a time so close to Pearl Harbor Day, Roberts’ presentation takes the museum’s focus beyond the European Theater of operations, so commonly highlighted.
From his own days of growing up near the West Coast, Roberts will talk about his experiences during World War II on that coast. He will draw on some details of his dad’s time in the U.S. Army during the war, when he worked in transportation during combat in New Guinea and the Philippines.
Roberts’ talk, “Preservation in Paradise,” relates to his experiences in the central Pacific Ocean, where he worked as an archaeologist on seven separate projects for the National Park Service in Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. These island groups lie northeast of New Guinea and Australia and east of the Philippines. He uncovered or discovered historical and archaeological materials as well as evidence of World War II at islands that we may well have heard of — Saipan and Truk — but also on islands we probably know less about: Kosrai, the Palau Islands, Ponahpe, Pulawat Atoll and Yap. He plans to show many illustrations of what his work revealed.
Roberts was born in Tacoma, Washington. Following World War II, his family moved to California for two years, then to a sheep ranch in Nevada and eventually back to Tacoma.
Roberts studied electronics. He worked for the test department of Boeing Company; on guidance, control and telemetry of the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile at Vendenburg Air Force Base in California; and for Alcoa as chief test conductor working with reentry systems and experimental vehicles.
He then opted for a career in archaeology, eventually coming to own and operate his own firm, Timelines, located in Littleton, before he retired.
This program is free and open to the public but donations are much appreciated. The museum is located on the third floor at 94 Jackson Road and is wheelchair-accessible.
Please call 978-772-1286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.