DEVENS -- Michael G. Walling returns to Fort Devens Museum, 94 Jackson Road, to present a program on Saturday, March 15, at 1 p.m., about the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy involvement in the Battle of the Atlantic and ensuring the safety of the Arctic convoys before and during World War II.
Walling's book "Bloodstained Sea: The U.S. Coast Guard in the Battle of the Atlantic 1941-1944," brought him a 2005 Samuel Eliot Morrison Award for Naval Literature from the Naval Order of the United States. He wrote more recently about the subject in "Forgotten Sacrifice: The Arctic Convoys in World War II."
Walling served in the U.S. Coast Guard for six years as a commissioned officer and senior petty officer. Most of his experience on the high seas came in the North Atlantic with a couple of trips to the Arctic. Prior to the Coast Guard he earned a Bachelor's degree in biology at Montclair State College.
In an earlier program at Fort Devens Museum, Walling summed up his intensive tour of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. He had been commissioned to write a book about these operations in the country from 2001 to 2012 and is in the process of completing that book's manuscript.
The Fort Devens Museum program is free and open to the public, though donations are appreciated. For information, call 978-772-1286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.