The Man Who Captured Tojo


"Jack Wilpers of Saratoga, NY: The Man Who Captured Tojo"
Saturday, April 1 , 2:00PM at the Military Museum. FREE.

In September 1945, just days after the World War II surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, John "Jack" Wilpers was part of a U.S. Army intelligence unit tasked with arresting former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo. Associated Press reporter Chris Carola will give a presentation on the key role a bookie's son from Saratoga Springs played in capturing _ and keeping alive _ one of the WWII era's most wanted war criminals. Carola will also discuss his 20-year quest to get Wilpers, a CIA retiree, to talk about his place in history for the first time since 1945, and how Mother Nature, a Saratoga racetrack giveaway hat and a chance encounter on a Massachusetts beach eventually led to the veteran opening up about that day.

Photo: John Wilpers, a member of the Army Intelligence unit that had gone to arrest Hideki Tojo, the wartime Prime Minister of Japan, finds him slumped semiconscious after he tried to commit suicide by shooting himself through the heart, Tokyo, September 11, 1945

Night at the Brewseum

Please support our upcoming "Night at the Brewseum", our most important fundraiser of this year.  

Proceeds will help provide funding for our upcoming Korean/Vietnam war exhibit.  This event always sells out, so please don't delay in buying your tickets.  Tickets are available for sale at the museum store,  Tuesdays-Saturdays from 11AM to 4PM.


Night at the Brewseum-April 21, 2017

Our 6th annual craft beer, wine and food tasting event is Friday, April 21st, 2017, 6:00pm to 9:30pm at the Canfield Casino in Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Tickets are $40 pre-sale and $45 day of the event or at the door(if available). Tickets for members of the Active Military (with proper ID) are $30, and Non-drinker tickets are $25. Tickets can be purchased on-line. A limited number of tickets are available at the NYS Military Museum Gift Shop. Tuesday thru Saturday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Our event features beers and ciders from local and regional craft brewers, great wines and a variety of delicious foods from local restaurants. Everything is included in the ticket price. A list of our participating vendors will be included here as we get closer to the event.

Night at the Brewseum benefits local sight, hearing, diabetes, and youth programs supported by the Saratoga Springs Lions Club; and the military history and outreach programs of the Friends of the NYS Military Museum.

Purchase Tickets Here

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New York State Military Museum

Winter/Spring 2017 Speakers Series

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 Saturday,  April 1, 2:00PMThe Man Who Captured Tojo - Associated Press reporter Chris Carola will give a presentation on the key role John “Jack” Wilpers, a bookie's son from Saratoga Springs, played in capturing—and keeping alive—one of World War II’s most wanted war criminals, Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo.  Carola will also discuss his 20-year quest to get Wilpers, a CIA retiree, to talk about his place in history for the first time since 1945. FREE!

Saturday, April 8, 2:00PMOver There with O'Ryan's Roughnecks: The 27th Division under British Command, 1918 – The 27th Division, New York’s Own, was one of two US Army divisions to serve under foreign command during World War I.  John Bessette will give an overview of the formation of the 27th Division, its training in America and with the British in France, its deployment in the trenches, and its role in breaking the Hindenburg Line.  He will also discuss the experiences of several representative New York State doughboys, particularly their interactions and relationships with their British and Australian counterparts. FREE!

All events are free and and are at the New York State Military Museum, 61 Lake Avenue.

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