Pleiku-Ia Drang Veterans 40th Anniversary Commemoration

10 November - 13 November 2005

Hilton, Crystal City, Virginia
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC -

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Saturday, November 12th

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8:00am. Opening Remarks:
LTG Hal Moore
Mr. Joe Galloway
Dr. James Reckner, Director of the Vietnam Center



    Video
    8:30am. Special Seminar Speaker: David Halberstam - The Historical Significance of the Ia Drang Battles

    Introduction: Mr. Joe Galloway



      Video
      Part 1

      Part 2
      9:30am. Session 1: A View from History: Wartime and Postwar Assessments of the Pleiku/Ia Drang Campaigns

      Moderator: Mr. Joe Galloway

      • "Changing Interpretations of The Pleiku/Ia Drang Campaigns: The American Perspective." John Carland, US State Department  
      • "Changing Interpretations of The Pleiku/Ia Drang Campaigns: The Vietnamese Perspective." Merle Pribbenow, Independent Scholar  


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      Part 1

      Part 2
      10:30am. Session 2

      •   Special Guest: Lieutenant Genteral Nguyen Dinh Uoc, Peoples Army of Vietnam  
      • "The North Vietnamese Perspectives of the Plei Me/Ia Drang Campaigns: Immediate Post-Battle Assessments." Sedgwick Tourison, Independent Scholar  


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      12:00pm. Lunch: Guest Speaker: LTG Hal Moore

      Introduction: Mr. Joe Galloway



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        1:30pm. Session 3: The Pleiku/Ia Drang Campaigns and the American War in Vietnam

        Moderator: Dr. James Reckner, The Vietnam Center, Texas Tech University

        • "The Kinnard Thesis: How the Pleiku Campaign influenced Strategy and Operations During the Vietnam War." Erik Villard, The US Army Center of Military History  
        • "Back at Benning: The Immediate Impact of the Ia Drang Fighting on Infantry Officer Training in the US Army." Ron Milam, Texas Tech University  
        • "The Long Term Political Impact of the Pleiku/Ia Drang Campaigns from Johnson through Nixon." Larry Berman, University of California, Davis