ARVN: Reflections and Reassessments After 30 Years

17 March - 18 March 2006

Holiday Inn Park Plaza - Lubbock, Texas

The views and opinions expressed in these papers, presentations, and videos are strictly those of the presenters and authors and do not represent the Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University, or the State of Texas.

Friday, March 17th

Video
8:00 AM. Opening Remarks: Dr. James Reckner



    Video
    8:15 AM-9:15 AM. Special Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lewis Sorley - The Army of the Republic of Vietnam: A Retrospective Evaluation



      Video
      9:20 AM-10:20 AM. Session 1: The History of ARVN: An Overview

      Moderator: Stephen Maxner, The Vietnam Center

      • "A Brief Overview of the Vietnam National Army and the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (1952-1975)." Mr. Stephen Sherman and Mr. Bill Laurie


      Video
      10:30 AM-12:00 PM. Session 2: Early Assessments of ARVN

      Moderator: Dr. Mark Moyar, USMC Command and Staff College

      • "Sir Robert Thompson and the RVN: Perspectives from a British Counter-Insurgency Expert." Dr. Geoffrey Shaw
      • "Army of the Republic of Viet Nam, 1954-1963: At War and In Politics." Mr. Triet Minh Nguyen  
      • "The Truth about the Battle at Plei Me, November 1965." Mr. Tin Nguyen


      Video
      12:00 PM-1:15 PM. Lunch: Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Bich - Some Vietnam War Issues Revisited: The Role Played by ARVN



        Video
        1:30 PM-3:00 PM. Session 3: ARVN Tested: Nixon, Protest, and Lam Son 719

        Moderator: Dr. James Willbanks, US Army Command and General Staff College

        • "Economic Deprivation, Diminished Manhood, and Anti-Americanism: The protest Movement of ARVN Disabled Veterans, 1970-1971." Mr. Tuan Hoang
        • "ARVN from the Viewpoint of the White House: Nixon's Gamble for Peace, 1969-1971." Mr. Brian Robertson
        • "ARVN put to the Test: Reflections on Operation Lam Son 719." Dr. Andrew Wiest  


        Video
        3:15 PM-4:45 PM. Session 4: The Regular and Irregular Forces of Vietnam: Rangers, Marines, and the RFPF

        Moderator: Dr. Ron Milam, Texas Tech University

        • "Republic of Vietnam Army Rangers." Mr. Hieu Dinh Vu
        • "The Vietnamese Marines and the Binh Gia Front." Mr. Tran Ngoc Toan
        • "Marine Corps Counterinsurgency and Pacification Efforts in Vietnam - Combining Popular Forces and Marines." Mr. James Donovan  


        Video
        7:00 PM-8:30 PM. Banquet: Special Guest Speaker - ARVN Lieutenant General Lu Lan



          Saturday, March 18th

          Video
          8:00 AM-9:00 AM. Session 5A: ARVN and the Eastertide Offensive

          Moderator: Mr. Stephen Maxner, The Vietnam Center



          Video
          9:15 AM-10:45 AM. Session 5B: ARVN and the Eastertide Offensive

          Moderator: Dr. Andrew Wiest

          • "South Vietnamese Combat Performance: A Case Study." Dr. James Willbanks  
          • "ARVN General Vu Van Giai and the Easter Offensive in I Corps." Mr. Jason Stewart  
          • "Dien Bien Phu and An Loc: A Comparison and Contrast." Mr. An Hoang Le  


          Video
          11:00 AM-12:00 PM. Session 6: The Historic Sea Battle of the Parcels between Vietnam and China, 1974

          Moderator: Dr. James Reckner, The Vietnam Center



          Video
          12:00 PM-1:15 PM. Lunch: Special Guest Speaker - The Honorable Mr. Geoff Connor, Former Texas Secretary of State



            Video
            1:30 PM-3:00 PM. Session 7: The Death of the South Vietnamese Army

            Moderator: Mr. Jay Vieth

            •   CPT Kiem Do, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations VN Navy; ISG Lead, Louisiana  
            •   Mr. Hai Trieu, ex-ARVN member; Military Writer, author from Vancouver, Canada  
            •   Mr. Nguyen The Tien, ex-Professor at Hanoi & Saigon Polytechnic College under Communist regime, from Vancouver, Canada  


            Video
            3:15 PM-4:45 PM. Session 8: The Aftermath of the War

            Moderator: Mr Stephen Maxner, The Vietnam Center

            • "Operation New Life: Guam, The First Step in a Long Journey." Mr. Vinh M. Tran  
            • "The Vietnamese Experience in France after the Fall of Saigon." COL Mai Viet Triet  
            • "The Invisible ARVN: The South Vietnamese Soldier in American Representations of the Vietnam War." Dr. Phil Beidler  


            Video
            4:45 PM-5:30 PM. Closing: Closing Remarks and General Conference Discussion