Meet our featured tour historians and special guests.
A well-respected and trusted figure in US broadcast journalism, Tom Brokaw is best known as the managing editor and sole anchor of NBC News. In this role, he produced and reported documentaries and extended expertise in breaking news events and election coverage. Brokaw's distinctive style and charm made him a well-recognized star of television news through the 1980s and 1990s. During this time, he was credited from his work in various film appearances, television appearances, radio appearances, and several bestselling books. Brokaw also won every major award given in broadcast journalism, including a Peabody Award, two duPonts, and several Emmys and is also known for his charity work.
Author of the bestselling book The Greatest Generation and The Greatest Generation Speaks, Brokaw has exhibited his strong passion and interest in preserving the stories of those who helped with the war. He has been a long-time supporter of The National WWII Museum, presenting special lectures and serving as Master of Ceremonies for many of the Museum's major events.
Rick Atkinson is the bestselling author of An Army at Dawn (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for history), The Day of Battle, The Guns at Last Light, The Long Gray Line, In the Company of Soldiers and Crusade. Other awards include a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, the George Polk Award and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award. Atkinson holds a Master of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Chicago and was formerly a staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post. He currently sits on the Museum's Presidential Counselors advisory board.
Dr. Robert M. Citino
Robert Citino (University of North Texas), one of America's leading military historians, is an expert on the German army and the author of nine books, including The German Way of War, Death of the Wehrmacht and The Wehrmacht Retreats. In 2007, he was named the #1 Professor in the United States by ratemyprofessors.com, an online student rating service. In 2008-09, he was a Visiting Professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and was part of the faculty team directing the Cadet Staff Ride to Normandy. He will be spending 2013-14 as a Visiting Professor at the U.S. Army War College.
Dr. Donald L. Miller
Don Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College. He has appeared in numerous PBS and the History Channel programs, including A Biography of America on PBS. He is the author of eight books, including the prize-winning City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and The Making of America, The Story of World War II and D-Days in the Pacific. Miller's book Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany was recently selected to serve as the primary source for HBO's newest World War II miniseries. He currently sits on the Museum's Presidential Counselors advisory board.
Dr. Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller
Nick Mueller is President and CEO of The National WWII Museum. He led the organization as Chairman of the Board from 1998 through its fundraising and construction to the Grand Opening on June 6, 2000. As President and CEO, he has guided the institution into an ongoing $325 million expansion. Dr. Mueller previously enjoyed a 33-year career as Professor of European History at the University of New Orleans, where he also served as Dean, Vice Chancellor and founding President of the Research and Technology Park and founder of UNO's Metropolitan College, its regional campuses, Business-Higher Education Council and the university's International Study Programs. Dr. Mueller earned his Bachelor’s degree at Stetson University, an MA and PhD at the University of North Carolina, and has done postgraduate work at Yale, Harvard and several European Universities.
Prof. Neill Lochery
Neill Lochery is currently the Catherine Lewis Professor of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Studies at University College London. Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-45, a brilliantly researched, atmospheric history of Portugal's capital city during World War II, is a gripping tale of high-stakes intrigue, betrayal, double-dealing and survival. Lochery will address our group in Lisbon
Lord David Montgomery
David Montgomery is the only son of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, who led the ground forces for the Invasion of Normandy. He served in the post-war military with the Royal Tank Regiment and is a member of the House of Lords. In 1994, Montgomery co-authored The Lonely Leader – Monty 1944-45. He has been a part of the Museum’s tours since Stephen Ambrose first took groups over to explore Normandy and will provide us with his unique perspective on "Monty" and what he meant to the Allied war effort when he presents at Portsmouth on June 3rd.
Henri-Jean & Maurice Renaud
Henri-Jean & Maurice Renaud are the sons of Alexandre Renaud who was the Mayor of Ste. Mere Eglise on June 6, 1944. They will share the story of their town, their father and their mother, during the German occupation, and how they all experienced D-Day when our group is at Ste. Mere Eglise on June 4th.
Dorothea De La Houssaye
Dorothea De La Houssaye is the The National WWII Museum's Director of Development and Cultural Programs – Normandy. Along with providing valuable logistical services during our time in Normandy, she will also meet our group at Chateau Bernaville, where we will hear about the Chateau's D-Day history and the Museum's future plans for the property on June 4th.
Stephane Grimaldi is the Executive Director of the Memorial de Caen Centre of History and Peace, which tells of the conflicts of the 20th Century while stressing reconciliation amongst the former combatants. The National WWII Museum and the Memorial have been partners over the past decade and on June 5th, Mr. Grimaldi will host our group to a private reception and guided tour of his wonderful institution.
Hon. Philippe Duron
Philippe Duron is the Mayor of Caen, Chairman of the Memorial de Caen and a Member of the National Assembly of France. Mayor Duron has arranged for a private gathering and reception at the Caen Abbey on the evening of June 7th.
Phil Reed is the founder of the Churchill Museum at the Cabinet War Rooms in London and the Director of the HMS Belfast. He has long been a part of our tours to England and will be joining those who elect to partake in the post-tour option in England.