In the summer of 1944, the United States launched the Mariana and Palau Islands campaign to remove the Japanese from the central pacific.
Code named Operation Forager, it first attacked the island of Saipan in June of 1944, followed by Guam and Tinian in July.
In September 1944, Peleliu and Palau were invaded to protect the flanks of the planned liberation of the Philippines in October.
The battles were hard fought resulting in staggering losses on both sides, but in the end, the Japanese defenders were defeated.
In the summer of 2015, Bob traveled to the region twice for work and to experience the places
where so many men fought for small islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Working on Guam for 3 months, He had the opportunity to explore and document the battlefields on the islands in Operation Forager.
Tonight we will revisit these islands from a historical viewpoint through a modern camera lens on land and underwater.
Bob Frank is a military enthusiast having travelled to many of the European battle fields from both World Wars.
An avid WWII buff, Bob has spent a considerable amount of time exploring the Normandy beaches as well as
the German manufacturing and defensive areas throughout France and Germany.
Over many trips, he has retraced the path of the allied invasion across Europe.
From the low lands, through the Ardennes into Germany, south to Bavaria and finally into Berlin.
The Guam trips offered an incredible opportunity to finally expand into the Pacific theater of Operations Berlin.
For many, the name "Bali" conjures up images of rice paddies, beautiful beaches and towering temples.
Yet, for those in the know, this iconic Indonesian island is more often seen as home to some of the best diving in the world.
But not just any diving: muck diving.
What is muck diving, you ask?
It’s a dive experience that defines the mud and mire that lay at the bottom of many dive sites.
It is here where the treasures are found.
Doesn’t sound like fun, huh? You have no idea.
The short films, Bali Close Up and The Not So Silent World, reveal the allure of these hidden treasures,
unimaginable numbers of creatures that flourish in the island’s underwater slopes.
Here, in the Northeastern part of the island, the most amazing, sublime and elusive animals struggle for existence in a world void of reef,
a desert of black volcanic sand.
Through the use of creative editing and unconventional shooting techniques, these films capture intricate moments of life seldom seen.
Evan Sherman is the owner of Seasick Productions, a full-service multimedia company that specializes in underwater imaging.
Based out of Orange County, California, Seasick Productions provides on location and studio production services around the world.
Evan’s first dive with a camera, he fell in love with underwater videography.
His second dive with a camera, he flooded it.
He was 19 and had already learned a critical lesson about life as a professional underwater cameraman: passion fuels the artist, tools allow the artist to be.
Evan later received his B.A. in Film and Electronic Media from California State University Long Beach.
Evan’s professional underwater credits include television networks, Fortune 500 companies and numerous entities within the dive industry.
Evan’s recent film, Bali Close Up, earned top honors at the World ShootOut Underwater Photo Grand Prix in Germany,
Video of the Year at the ADEX Voice of the Ocean Competition in Singapore,
the Best of Show and Stan Waterman Legacy Award at the Turquoise Bay International Underwater Film Festival in Roatan,
and Silver at the Our World Underwater Video Competition.
He is a contributor for DivePhotoGuide and a SEA&SEA Alpha, ambassador for their products.
Throughout the year Evan conducts dive expeditions and imaging workshops.
For the past 30 years, Jeff has enjoyed exploring those parts of South East Asia where few Americans travel.
Those places have included Vietnam soon after the U.S. government dropped its travel ban,
Cambodia when it was still under the control of the Khmer Rouge, and Laos while bandits were roaming the countryside.
Burma is also one of those places.
Officially known as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the government has long restricted travel by foreigners.
For example, Jeff was only able to get a 7-day visa on his first visit.
His travel problems were compounded because public transportation was terrible,
the country relied on a barter economy of whiskey and cigarettes,
and the few adventurers who were able to reach the World Heritage Site of Bagan could only explore it by foot or horse cart.
Things have changed a bit, and much of Burma is now open to travellers.
But northern Burma is still a restricted area.
Those travel restrictions are imposed by the government, for various reasons.
There are also unwritten travel restrictions imposed by armed ethnic rebels.
Despite those restrictions, Jeff recently flew to northern Burma and then returned by local ferry boat to Mandalay.
Tonight, he will tell you about his journey to an area that few outsiders see.
Ladies Night -
Bob Silver In The Wake of Sir Francis Drake
Bob Silver, Adventurers’ Club member #726 is a sport.
He is treating all paid members in good standing of The Adventurers’ Club and of the Explorers Club to dinner on his program night.
Make your reservations now by calling (323) 223-3948
While exploring Indonesia, Sir Francis Drake set overboard two Canons to free his ship the Golden Hinde from uncharted Vesuvius reef,
Sulawesi (Celebes) 450 years ago.
Bob Silver, in his matchless freewheeling style will expound on his expedition to Sulawesi in Indonesia to locate and
recover Drake’s canons from The Golden Hinde.
Thrill to highs and lows as Bob takes you on adventure with nary an embellishment or senior moment.
Bob’s spontatneous and self deprecating humor never fail to bring a smile to even the most crusty adventurer.
Industrial engineer, UCLA, USMCR Retired, Classic Mercedes restorer, Surfer, Former Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles President and
constant Bon Vivant.
Bob’s travels and adventures are myriad.
His presentations enlightening and entertaining.
This Ladies Night event will sell out.
Reserve your table now: (323) 223-3948