World wars group to meet Oct. 9 in Asheville

A former U.S. Marine Corps colonel who retired to Asheville and became a military historian will be the featured speaker as the Carolina Round Table on the World Wars meets Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Western Carolina University’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville.

Joseph Alexander will deliver a presentation titled “70th Anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa (Nov. 20-23, 1943)” at 6 p.m. in Room 346 at the WCU facility, which is located at 28 Schenck Parkway.

Alexander retired from the Marines with 28 years of active service, including two combat tours of Vietnam and global amphibious landing exercises in South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, the Shetlands and Norway. He has published six books, including “Utmost Savagery: the Three Days of Tarawa” and “Storm Landings: Epic Amphibious Battles in the Central Pacific,” and has helped produce more than 30 television documentaries on U.S. military history.

Alexander also was the chief historian and writer for the exhibit design team during construction of the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va.

Organized in spring 2011 and based in WCU’s Department of History, the Carolina Round Table on the World Wars addresses various aspects of the era of the world wars of the 20th century.

The presentation is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact David Dorondo, WCU associate professor of history, at 828-227-3908 or