from the SandPaper
The Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City will host a program by Paul Zigo, author of The Longest Walk, on Wednesday, June 13, at 10 a.m. The presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Island Library.
Zigo will provide insights into his book about the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division, which landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The unit’s exploits were featured in the riveting opening scene of the movie “Saving Private Ryan.”
The regiment lost one third of the 3,200 men who made the landing on that day. The presentation will also discuss the unit’s actions on D-Day as well as subsequent hard-fought maneuvers to capture St. Lo, France, 40 agonizing days later.
Zigo is the founder and former director of the Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution at Brookdale Community College, an educational resource center open to all interested in studying the historical impact and significance of the war. He earned his undergraduate degree in history from Rutgers University, his master’s degree from Rider University in personnel and guidance, and a master’s in recent American diplomatic and military history from Temple University.
He is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve and a graduate of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. He retired as a colonel in 1994.
To register for the program, call the branch at 609-494-2480.