New England – New York Chapter


New York – New England Chapter

Franklin Delano Library
Wallace Center
Hyde Park New York 12538
Theme: Great War Events: Political, Diplomatic, Military, Aviation

Attendance Fee: $100, includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and attendance fee.
Not attending evening dinner—fee is $69.00

For seminar questions, please contact Chapter Chair Guy Cavallaro R.Ph., M.D at or George Mihalik at

Mail registration checks to:
George Mihalik
205 San Gabriel Ave,
Stratford, CT 06614-3417

December 15, 2017

Breakfast—————8.00 A.M.

Opening Remarks—–8:45 A.M. Gaetano V. Cavallaro, R.Ph., M.D.


The First Four Dimensional Naval Battle in History (1917)

Gaetano V. Cavallaro, R.Ph., M.D.

Remarkable strides had been made in aircraft since the Wright Brothers made their first flight. Naval warfare became more technical with the development of the radio. Discussed will be the new and old technology used in this battle. There were no aircraft carriers, and the next naval-air engagement was in the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942.


Effects of the First World War

Prof. Hamish Lutris

The Great War led to many new developments beyond the battlefield. After unrest and rebellion, Ireland gained its independence. The conflict led to a Revolution in Russia which led to the creation of the Soviet Union. In Eastern Europe, nations were born in conflict and struggles. Finally the Middle East was set on its path toward modern conflict. Focus will be on the outlying political ramifications of the war which still remain fresh and painful.


Off to a Flying Start

Prof. Michael A. Boden

The Great War led to an “internship” for many military leaders on both sides of the trench who became leaders in the next conflict. Noted will be Major Carl “ Tooey: Spatz, Col. Henry “Hap” Arnold and others.

12: 00 – LUNCH


West Point’s Impact on the First World War

Professor Samuel J. Watson, United States Military Academy, West Point

Every conflict has prominent people in the victor’s circle and the Great War was no exception. West Point graduates John Pershing, Peyton March and subordinates led to the mobilization, deployment , and combat operations of the American Expeditionary Force. Tasker Bliss supervised coalition strategy on the Supreme War Council.


Iraq Creation of Colonialism

Professor Mark Albertson

In 1763, the British East India Company established a toehold in Basra which lasted until 1923. London tried to gain control of Mesopotamia, a province of the tottering Ottoman Empire. Iraq, the modern name for Mesopotamia. This will include the lethal religious differences, the tribes and clans all of which led to a long conflict years later.


Lt. John Taber, American Expeditionary Force

Stephen Taber

The Experiences of Lt. John Taber from New York as he sails to France with the 168th regiment (Iowa) of the 42nd Division, as narrated by his grandson, Stephen Taber. He sails the Atlantic, trains at Gondrecourt , then mans the trenches at Baccarat. The Germans attacked on July 12, followed by an American and French counteroffensive on July 15, followed by the St. Mihiel salient , finally the Meuse-Argonne offensive. He traveled to Paris and the Riviera , was part of the occupation of the Rhine, returning to N.Y. in April,1919.


The Sunken Gold: A Story of World War I Espionage and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History

Joseph A. Williams

Recounted are the efforts of the British Navy in recuperating the gold sunk in the waters west of Ireland.


New York City’s People in the Conflict starting with the “Boy Mayor.”

Donna Bionda


Dinner at Coppola’s Restaurant

4167 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY, 12538-1720
Tel: 845-229-9113

Please notify Guy of any dietary restrictions the morning of Dec. 15.



Mark Albertson is the historical research editor of Army Aviation magazine in Monroe, Conn. And the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America. As Adjunct Professor of History at Norwalk Community College , he teaches Iraq: A History of World War I: The Great Patriotic War: Titanic Clash between the Soviet Union and Germany and many others.

Donna Bionda graduated from Brooklyn College and served for many years as a Social Worker in the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. She has been interested in politicians in New York City. She is retired and has two daughters and serves as a “Nana” for two grandaughters.

Dr. Michael A. Boden (Lt. Col. Army, Ret.), is an Assistant Professor of History at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie New York. He has earned a Ph.D in Modern European History from Vanderbilt University and a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences in Military History from the United States Command and General Staff College. He has been on the Faculty of Hofstra College and the U.S.Military Academy at West Point.

Gaetano (Guy),V. Cavallaro, R.Ph., M.D. is a retired pharmacist and physician who has been lecturing since age 12 when he lectured on the Battle of Thermopylae. He has always had a great interest in the Great War in which his father served in the Italian Army reaching the rank of Sergeant Major. After researching for many years the archives in Vienna, Rome and London, he wrote The Beginning of Futility, Futility Ending in Disaster, and Disaster Ending in Final Victory, about events in Italy in the Great War. Invited by the Italian government he has lectured in Rome and Australia in Italian and also in German in Germany. He has lectured throughout the U.S. and is now doing a TV documentary on events in Italy during the Great War.

Hamish Lutris is an Associate Professor of History at Capital Community College in Hartford, Conn. He has lectured on wide-ranging historical topics , the Civil War, Scientific History, World War I , and World War II.

Stephen Taber writes about the story of John Taber his grandfather , serving in the Great War. Samuel J. Watson is Professor of History at the United States Military Academy where he teaches U.S. and military history electives and senior thesis seminars on the First World War. Dr Watson is the author of Jackson’s Sword and Peacekeeper’s (University Press of Kansas, 2012 and 2013), on the U.S. officer corps on the frontiers between 1810 and 1846. He has received the Society for Military History’ Distinguished Book Award. He is co-editor of the West Point History of Warfare, The West Point History of the Civil War, and the West Point History of the American Revolution.

Joseph A. Williams is the Deputy Director of Greenwich , Conn. Library and holds a Masters Degree in History and Library Information Science from Queens College.


A block of rooms has been set aside at the Village Square Motel, 4159 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, tel. 845-229-7141. However there are many, many motels , almost touching each other along the Albany Post Road. Single Rooms are $61.00.

Anyone coming from a great distance, the airports are Newburgh N.Y.(Stewart Airport), which is 25 miles from the venue, or Albany which is a greater distance (70 miles)

About Our Chapter

Our chapter formerly met as a component of the Western Front Association – U.S. Branch and we are now affiliated with the World War One Historical Association. We meet annually with our 2012 event held March 10th at New England Air Museum, Bradley Field, Hartford, CT. Our theme was ‘Aviation in the Great War.’ Past venues have included the Harvard Club, Boston; West Point; the Merchant Marine Academy, the Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport, N.Y., the Ann S.K. Brown Museum, Brown University, and the Wallace Center – Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.

Chapter Chairman

Gaetano (Guy) V. Cavallaro R.Ph. M.D.




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