Vietnam Center & Archive News and Updates
The Comparative Literature Program at Texas Tech University is co-hosting this year’s joint-conference “Migration, Border, and the Nation-State.” This three-day event will take place in Lubbock from 9-11 April 2009. Conference organizers have issued a call for papers.
Mr. Jason Stewart, oral historian at the Vietnam Archive, has published his first book, The Timeline of the Vietnam War. As the title suggests, this work provides a comprehensive history of the conflict, beginning with the French colonial experience in Indochina and ending with the aftermath of the conflict in both Southeast Asia and the United States. This book recounts all important aspects of the conflict in vivid detail, and provides a powerful introduction to the war for those beginning to study one of the most controversial episodes in American history.
Please join me in congratulating Jason on this accomplishment.
I was especially honored to meet Col. Bud Day, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, who also led the “Misty” FACs (those flying F-100 jets) before being shot down over North Vietnam in 1967. Colonel Day spent the remainder of the war as a POW in various prison camps, and was awarded the Medal of Honor after returning home in 1973. Colonel Day is the most heavily decorated living veteran in the United States.
The Oral History Project at the Vietnam Archive is pleased to announce that Jason Stewart will be joining our faculty. Jason comes to us from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he is ABD in his doctoral studies. Jason is a specialist in the history of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) and is working with Professor Andy Wiest at USM. Jason will be conducting interviews for the Project, and we are very pleased to have him aboard. Please join us in welcoming Jason to Lubbock.
We have recently posted to our Oral History web page an interview conducted with Mr. Allan Lavelle. Lavelle enjoyed a long career as an aviator and as a foreign language specialist with the U.S. Air Force. He also worked with the U.S. State Department, eventually becoming the Director of Refugees and War Victims in II Corps in South Vietnam under the famous John Paul Vann in the CORDS program. In this interview, Lavelle recounts his experiences in Vietnam, especially his time devoted to caring for Vietnamese and Montangnard refugees in II Corps, working with the hard-charging Vann. Lavelle’s story is one of a remarkable individual who understood the “big picture” of the war, while working tirelessly to aid the most helpless victims of the conflict.
Lavelle passed away at his home in San Antonio, Texas, on 15 June 2008.
Link: Allan Lavelle Interview