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October WWII Program at Fort Devens Museum

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OCTOBER 15, 2022 at 1:00 PM
Join us on Saturday October 15th for a presentation by WWII militaria collector Bill Shea. He will bring various items from his own collection and highlight their fascinating stories which give these pieces a unique place in history.
Bill is a retired history teacher from Hubbardston. He and his son, Patrick, are currently the proprietors of "The Ruptured Duck" which specializes in original WWII military memorabilia. He works with area auction houses and serves as a consultant for a number of museums. Bill has contributed to more than 50 reference books dealing with WWII artifacts and has written a four volume series of books entitled THE STORIES BEHIND THE TREASURES OF WORLD WAR II “The Making of a Collectorholic." Bill is on the Board of Directors for The World War II Foundation in Rhode Island and was a Trustee for The International Museum of World War II in Natick, MA. He has appeared on the American Heroes Channel for a special edition of “Secrets of the Arsenal.”
This program is free and open to the public. So, if names and places like Iwo Jima, Mount Suribachi, the B-17 Liberator airplane or “30 Seconds Over Tokyo” mean something to you, please be sure to join us on October 15th at 1 PM. The Fort Devens Museum is located on the 3rd floor of 94 Jackson Road, Devens. The museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please email

Photo: "Papa Rufus" was a belly gunner on a B-17...What an incredible story he had to tell! Credit: Bill Shea

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