Events/News

“Kingfisher: The Showboat Podcast” Author Martin Irons is one of the experts interviewed about the rescue of Lt. jg. Vernon T. Coumbe from Japan by Kingfisher pilots from the battleship USS North Carolina in August, 1945. Coumbe’s dramatic rescue is featured in a chapter in Corsair Down! Tales of Rescue & Survival During World War II. Battleship North Carolina Curator Mary Ames Booker is the host of The Showboat Podcast. Release date February, 2021. https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-a3fia-f9d2b7?utm_campaign=u_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=u_share

“Civilians in the Crossfire: The Battle of Okinawa” NHK (National Japanese Broadcast Network) Documentary is an incredible well-researched and presented piece about the horrors of war. Martin Irons was a researcher for this documentary. Philip Goldstein Gunners Mate Second Class of the USS Haynsworth and 1Lt. Philip S. Wilmot USMCR appear in the documentary. Readers will recognize them from Phalanx Against the Divine Wind. Available online from September – December, 2020. https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/4001372/

June 8, 2018 Arlington National Cemetery: Jack Vaessen Electricans Mate First Class (1916-2018) will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Author Martin Irons will provide a retrospective of Jack’s service in the United States Naval Reserve 1938-1945.

Book Launch: Martin Irons will be at the National Tin Can Sailors Annual Convention August 21st, 2017, at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania for the national release of Phalanx Against A Divine Wind.

The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (home to the USS Slater DE-766) will welcome Martin Irons for a book signing on Sunday, August 27th from 11am to3pm. Surviving family members of the kamikaze victims will be on hand. 1 Quay Street, Albany, NY.

Scheduled Appearance: Martin Irons will share crew member tales of service aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer during the battles in the Pacific during late World War II. 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 14th, the Fair Haven Library, Main Street, Vermont.

Oct 5-8, 2017: The USS Haynsworth DD 700 Association will hold its annual convention in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Martin Irons will be on hand to sign copies of Phalanx Against a Divine Wind. The book tells the tale of the teenage USS Haynsworth crew that fought for survival during the largest kamikaze attack of World War II.

November 5, 2017, 3 pm: The Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh, NY. As part of a program to honor veterans, author Martin Irons will give a presentation on two of Newburgh’s native sons, John McAllister and Ernie Satterly, who served aboard the USS Haynsworth during World War II. For both men, the kamikaze attack of 6 April, 1945, became a defining moment.

November 14, 2017. 7 pm: The West Rutland Historial Society (West Rutland, Vermont) will host Martin Irons for a discussion about tin can sailors and his book, Phalanx Against the Divine Wind, at the West Rutland Town Hall.

December 9, 2017: Author event at the Stratford Free Library, Stratford, CT. Details TBA.