A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
Curator and historian Keith Gill is former director of operations for the First Division Museum at Cantigny near Chicago, Illinois. While a curator at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, Keith oversaw migration of the famed German U-505 submarine from its long-standing display site outside the museum to a state-of-the-art exhibition space indoors. Keith will accompany Departure B of the three May 30th expeditions.
Military historian and archivist Mitchell Yockelson teaches at the U.S. Naval Academy and Norwich University and is a military history specialist for the National Archives. Mitch has authored three books and dozens of articles, with an emphasis on U.S. involvement in the World Wars. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and appeared on PBS, 60 Minutes, and the History Channel. Mitch will accompany the May 9th, September 5th, and Departure C of the three May 30th expeditions.
Military historian Bob Berlin is professor emeritus at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he taught military history and strategy for 28 years. He has also taught history at the University of Kansas, Oxford University, and several additional colleges. Bob’s awards include the Moncado Prize for excellence in historical writing presented by the American Military Institute, the Society for Military History Gondos Service Award, and the Department of the Army Superior and Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He is the author of publications on U.S. Army World War II Corps Commanders, D-Day, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bob has lectured at the Eisenhower and Truman Presidential Libraries, the British and Dutch military staff colleges, on CNN, and in many public forums. Bob has been on the faculty of the Oxford University Summer School for Adults, where he taught courses on World War I Poets and Poetry and the American Civil War. He is Executive Director of the Society for Military History and Adjunct Professor of History at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, where he teaches courses in aviation history.
Historian and retired archivist Timothy Mulligan has written three books and 20 articles on military history, most relating to the Second World War in Europe, including Lone Wolf: The Life and Death of U-Boat Ace Werner Henke and Neither Sharks Nor Wolves: The Men of Nazi Germany's U-Boat Arm. He received his Ph.D. in diplomatic history from the University of Maryland in 1985. During his 34-year tenure as an archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration, he also compiled the two-volume finding aid World War II: Guide to Records Relating to U.S. Military Participation. This guide describes approximately 200,000 cubic feet of records in National Archives custody, and received the Society of American Archivists' C.F.W. Coker award in 2009. Now retired, Timothy teaches a course on "History Through Hollywood." Timothy will accompany Departure A of the three May 30th expeditions.