7th Triennial Vietnam Symposium

10 March - 12 March 2011

Overton Hotel and Conference Center - 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.

Thursday, March 10th

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8:30 AM-9:00 AM. Welcoming Remarks

  •   Dr. Stephen Maxner, Director, Vietnam Center and Archive  
  •   Dr. Bob Smith, Provost, Texas Tech University  


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[Sunset B/C]
9:00 AM-10:30 AM: Dr. Gerald Hickey Memorial Session: Understanding the Ethnic Minorities of Vietnam

Moderator: Dr. Jeff Williams, Texas Tech University



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[Sunset B/C]
11:00 AM-12:30 PM: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

  •   Col. Michael Towns, Richard Williams, Jamie Holmes, Cathy Sullivan, and Lt. Col. Hunter Holiday, Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration Program Office


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[Sunset A]
12:30 PM-1:30 PM. Lunch

  • "The New Education Center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC." Geoffrey Wiles, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund


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[Sunset B/C]
2:30 PM-4:00 PM. Session 3a: Graduate Student Research on the Vietnam War

Moderator: Dr. Ron Milam, Texas Tech University

  • "The Case of Peter Dewey: A Revisit." Chau Huy Ngoc, National University of Singapore
  • "Official Attitudes toward Vietnam War Reporters." Justin Simundson, Texas Tech University  
  • "To Engage or not to Engage: The LRRPs in Vietnam." James Sandy, Texas Tech University  


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[Horizon A/B]
2:30 PM-4:00 PM. Session 3b: War and Politics as Depicted on Postage Stamps in French Indochina

Moderator: Dr. Kelly Crager, Vietnam Center and Archive

  • "Events Leading up to the French Indochina War as Indicated by the Production and Materials used in Stamp Printing, 1944-1949." Ron Matteri, Philatelist, San Anselmo, CA
  • "Postage Stamps as Political Statements in Indochina, 1888-present." Nat Ward, Philatelist, San Diego, CA


Friday, March 11th

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[Sunset B]
8:30 AM-10:00 AM. Session 4a: Diplomacy and the Vietnam War

Moderator: Curtis Peoples, Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University

  • "A Failure to Communicate: How Elbridge Durbrow Changed America's Vietnam Experience." Dr. Ronald B. Frankum, Jr., Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • "The Paris Agreement: Nixon's Critical Reappraisal, Reconciling American Credibility, and the Missed Opportunity with Thieu." Alex Gagnon, University of Illinois-Chicago  


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[Sunset C]
8:30 AM-10:00 AM. Session 4b: US Marine Corps in Vietnam: Civic Action and Pacification

Moderator: Dr. Ron Milam, Texas Tech University

  • "Becoming a CAP Marine: The Selection and Training Process for Americans entering the Combined Action Program." John Southard, Texas Tech University  
  • "The Year of Progress: United States Marine Corps Combat and Pacification Efforts in I Corps of South Vietnam, 1966." Jason M. Sokiera, University of Southern Mississippi  
  • "Combining Vietnamese Popular Forces (PFs) and U.S. Marines: The Marine Corps Combined Action Program (CAP) in Vietnam." Jim Donovan, Independent Researcher  


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[Horizon A/B]
8:30 AM-10:00 AM. Session 4c: Veteran Perspectives on the Vietnam War

Moderator: Dr. Kelly Crager, Vietnam Center and Archive

  • "The Strategic Importance of the Vietnam War." Larry Chambers, Independent Researcher  
  • "Coming to Grips with SAM Sites." W. Howard Plunkett, Independent Researcher
  • "Colonel James Kasler: Fighter Pilot." Charles L. Byler, Independent Researcher  


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[Sunset B]
10:30 AM-12:00 PM. Session 5a: Australian Combat Operations in Vietnam

Moderator: Curtis Peoples, Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University

  • "A New Operational Analysis of the 1st Australian Task Force in Vietnam, 1966-1971." Dr. Bob Hall, University of New South Wales, Australian Defense Force Academy
  • "Australian Implementation of 'One War' in Phuc Tuy Province, 1969-1972." Jeff Schultz, Luzerne County Community College


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[Sunset C]
10:30 AM-12:00 PM. Session 5b: US Military Doctrine, Organization, and Strategy in Vietnam

Moderator: Dr. Edward Miller, Dartmouth College

  • "An Invalid Assumption: The 'New Look' Strategy of Containment and US Failure in Laos." James J. Reynolds, Fordham University
  • "A Foot in the Door: General Earle Wheeler's Plan to Invade North Vietnam." Mark A. Vieny, Director, US Army Heritage & Education Center, Carlisle Barracks, PA
  • "The Role of Inland Sea Power in I Corps, Vietnam 1967-1968." Jonathan B. Chavanne, Texas A&M University


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[Horizon A/B]
10:30 AM-12:00 PM. Session 5c: Online Resources and Representations of the Vietnam War

Moderator: Dr. Steve Maxner, Vietnam Center and Archive

  • "An Update on the Virtual Vietnam Archive and other online resources at Texas Tech University." Amy Mondt, Vietnam Center and Archive
  • "The Vietnam War/American War: Stories from All Sides: An online interactive documentary project." Ron Osgood, Indiana University


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[Sunset A]
12:00 PM-1:00 PM. Lunch

  • "Brothers in War and Peace: Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. and Admiral Tran Van Chon." Dr. Larry Berman, University of California, Davis  


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[Sunset B]
1:30 PM-3:00 PM. Session 6a: Reexamining Major Military Campaigns of the Vietnam War

Moderator: Mark A. Viney, US Army

  • "The Formation of OPLAN 34A: The Evolution of the Pentagon's Role in Covert Operations." Nicholas Arandia, Texas Tech University  
  • "What Historians Failed to Tell About the Battle at LZ X-Ray." Tin Nguyen, Independent Researcher
  • "Nixon's 1971 Spring Campaign." Dr. Steve Randolph, National Defense University


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[Sunset C]
1:30 PM-3:00 PM. Session 6b: Domestic Reactions and Challenges to US Policy in Vietnam

Moderator: Dr. John Barnett, Emporia State University

  • "'The US Cannot Be Impotent:' Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Struggle to Formulate America's Vietnam Policy." Dr. Nicole L. Anslover, Indiana University Northwest  
  • "The Vietnam War: The Price for Black Civil Rights." Sal DePasquale, Independent Researcher
  • "William Warren Scranton and the Vietnam War." Adam Richards, Millersville University of Pennsylvania  


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[Horizon A/B]
1:30 PM-3:00 PM. Session 6c: Film Screening: My Vietnam, Your Iraq

Moderator: Ron Osgood, Professor, Indiana University & Documentary Filmmaker



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    [Sunset B]
    3:30 PM-5:00 PM. Session 7a: Political, Military, and Economic Assistance from China, Korea, and Japan

    Moderator: Dr. Justin Hart, Texas Tech University

    • "Priority of Perception: The USS Pueblo Crisis and the Vietnam War." Theresa Monserrat, Millersville University of Pennsylvania  
    • "Chinese Military Advisors in Vietnam in the early 1950s." Nguyen T. Trung, University of Virginia
    • "Modest Risks for Tidy Profits: Japan's Strategic Role in the Vietnam War." Dr. Donovan C. Chau, California State University, San Bernardino  


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    [Sunset C]
    3:30 PM-5:00 PM. Session 7b: Red Cross Volunteers in Vietnam: Donut Dolly Memories - Viet Nam 1969-1970

    •   Sherry Connaway  
    •   Rachel Torrance  


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    [Horizon A/B]
    3:30 PM-5:00 PM. Session 7c: Film Screening: Vietnam the Memory

    Moderator: Remy Vlek, Director and Producer, Filmwerk Remy Vlek, Amsterdam, Netherlands



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      [Sunset A]
      8:00 PM. Banquet

      • "Keynote Address." Mr. Adrian Cronauer  


      Saturday, March 12th

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      [Sunset B]
      8:30 AM-10:00 AM. Session 8a: Why the Vietnam War is Relevant Today

      Moderator: Stephen Sherman, Independent Researcher

      • "Vietnam Lessons on Strategy and Politics: ...Are Afghanistan, Iraq and China, the Sequels?." Dr. Roger Canfield
      • "Viet Nam: Their Lies, Our (Leftist) Lies, and the Legacy They Perpetuated." Phil Jennings  
      • "Unicorns and Dragons, American Perceptions of Viet Nam." Bill Laurie  


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      [Sunset C]
      8:30 AM-10:00 AM. Session 8b: Remembering the Sacrifices and Accounting for the Missing

      Moderator: Dr. Steve Maxner, Vietnam Center and Archive

      • "Accounting for America's Heroes - from WWII to Afghanistan." Adrian Cronauer, former spokesman for DPMO  
      • "The Role of Circumstantial Evidence in the Overall Accounting and Identification Process of US Servicemen Missing/Unaccounted for in South East Asia/Vietnam War." Alejandro P. Villalva, USAF Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory (LSEL), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio


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      [Sunset B]
      10:30 AM-12:00 AM. Session 9a: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan

      Moderator: Dr. Steve Randolph, National Defense University

      • "Post Traumatic Shame Disorder: The Interaction of Political, Social, and Cultural Factors with Combat Trauma in Vietnam Veterans." Dr. Darrell D. Turner, Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas
      • "A Brief Comparison of 'Post Traumatic Stress Disorder' between American Soldiers in Viet Nam, Iraq, and Afghanistan." Ted Engelmann, Independent Researcher  


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      [Sunset C]
      10:30 AM-12:00 PM. Session 9b: Postwar Reeducation and Resettlement

      Moderator: Dr. Donovan Chau, California State University

      • "Fate of Our Allies Sentenced to Reeducation: Forgiveness by Blood." Ann Mallett, Vietnam Center and Archive
      • "From Hell to Home: One Vietnamese Family's Journey from Vietnam to America." Jason Stewart, Vietnam Center and Archive  
      • "Cong Dong Thanh Nien: Vietnamese Youth Along the Texas Gulf Coast." Son Mai, McNeese State University  


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      [Sunset A]
      12:00 PM-1:00 PM. Lunch

      •   Dr. Jim Reckner, Texas Tech University  


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      [Sunset B]
      1:30 PM-3:00 PM. Session 10a: Remembering the Vietnam War: U.S. Policy and Historiography

      Moderator: Dr. Ron Frankum, Millersville University

      • "Vietnam and 'the Sixities': Tropes and Hegemony in History and Policy." Brendan McQuade, Binghamton University (SUNY)  
      • "Truth Forsaken: The Vietnamese View of American Revisionism." Kyle Horst, Independent Researcher  


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      [Sunset C]
      1:30 PM-3:00 PM. Session 10b: Atrocities in Vietnam: Genocide in Cambodia

      Moderator: Dr. Kelly Crager, Vietnam Center and Archive

      • "Propaganda or Revelation? The United States Response to Atrocity Accusations Levied Against South Korean Troops." Brett Reilly, University of Wisconsin-Madison  
      • "False Atrocity Stories from the Vietnam War, and Why They Matter." Gary Kulik, Independent Researcher  
      • "One Year Later - Atrocities and Genocidal Reports from Cambodia." Nikki Davis, Texas Tech University  


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      [Sunset B]
      3:30 PM-5:00 PM. Session 11a: Post-War Policies, Perceptions, and Normalized Relations

      Moderator: Dr. Ron Milam, Texas Tech University

      • "After Doi Moi: Vietnamese Agricultural Policies, 2003-2010." Dr. John Barnett, Emporia State University  
      • "America through the Eyes of International Relations Students of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam." Hoang Cam Thanh, Texas A&M Commerce
      • "Overcoming the Shadow of War: Vietnam-U.S. Normalization of Relations, 1975-2006." Thi Diem Dao, Heidelberg Center for American Studies, University of Heidelberg


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      [Sunset C]
      3:30 PM-5:00 PM. Session 11b: Sexual Exploitation and Human Rights: Literature and Law as Cultural and Political Discourse

      Moderator: Dr. Steve Maxner, Vietnam Center and Archive

      • "Gender as Colonial Exploitation in French Indochina: Concubines in Selected Pre-1965 Novels Published or Translated to English." Walter Jones, J. Willard Marriott Library, Special Collections Department, University of Utah  
      • "The Battered Body & Human Rights Discourse in Vietnamese American Non-Fiction." Quan Manh Ha, Texas Tech University
      • "The Legal Basis for Repression and Dissent in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam." Stephen Denney, Independent Researcher