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February 17th Webinar: 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion: The African Americans Heroes of D-Day

from The National WWII Museum

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Join the National World War II Museum for this Webinar celebrating Black History Month. Come learn about the brave men of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion and their extraordinary mission to help protect US soldiers on June 6th, 1944 during the D-Day Invasions. The 320th was the only unit composed entirely of African American soldiers to storm the beach that day. They provided critical protection to the ships and soldiers below them from attacks by enemy aircraft.  During the webinar you will learn about the men of the Battalion from interview clips with author Linda Hervieux, who wrote Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War about the battalion. As well as hear from one of its members, through video recorded selections of William Dabney’s oral history. Museum educator Kelly Goodner will also walk you through how barrage balloons worked and why they were used during the war.

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About This Program


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This is a free program


1 Hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

STEM, Social Studies/History, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode


Booking Information

This program will happen live but will also be recorded and uploaded to our museums website under K-12 Distance Learning after the live show.

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The National WWII Museum

New Orleans, LA
United States

The National WWII Museum, designated by Congress as "America's World War II Museum," explores the American experience of the war years, focusing on the teamwork, optimism, courage, and sacrifice of the men and women who won the war. It promotes the exploration and expression of these values by future generations. Programs involve exploration of the history and lessons of the war, via analyses of primary sources.

Maddie Roach

Program Details


This program will be a webinar facilitated by a museum educator with video clips (about 45 minutes) and a Q&A session to follow the program (about 15 minutes)


Students will be able to gain an understanding of the science behind portions of the D-Day invasion.
Students will be able to grasp the context behind the fighting done by African American soldiers both on and off the battle field during World War II.
Students will be able to grasp a general understanding of the mission of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion and how they impacted World War II.

Standards Alignment

National Standards