Gregory “Pappy” Boyington and the Black Sheep Squadron will be the topic of discussion when the Western North Carolina World War II Roundtable meets in Asheville on Monday, March 19.
Sponsored by Western Carolina University’s department of history, the roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. in the Red Oak Conference Room of Ramsey Library at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Guest speaker will be Bruce Gamble, a resident of Flat Rock and author of “The Black Sheep: The Definitive Account of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II” and “Black Sheep One: The Life of Gregory ‘Pappy’ Boyington.”
A veteran with eight years of service as a Navy flight officer, Gamble medically retired from the Navy in 1989 and worked as staff historian for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. His book on Boyington will be the focus of a new hour-long special on The History Channel this summer.
The meeting is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact David Dorondo in WCU’s department of history at (828) 227-3908.