5th Triennial Vietnam Symposium

17 March - 19 March 2005
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 Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive, Texas Tech University, or the State of Texas.

Thursday, March 17th

Video
Part 1

Part 2

[Sycamore]
8:45 AM-. Plenary 1: Searching for our MIAs: The Department of Defense's Accounting Efforts and the Evolution of U.S. Relations with Vietnam

Moderator: Gary Sydow, DPMO

  •   Gary Sydow , Research & Analysis Directorate, Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO)
  •   Gary Flanagan , Casualty Resolution Specialist, Det. E., Hanoi, Joint POW/Missing Personnel Accounting Command (JPAC)
  •   James Coyel , Senior Analyst and Researcher, JPAC
  •   Ronald Cima , Senior Analyst for Southeast Asia, Researcn & Analyusis Dir., DPMO
    •    
Video

[Sycamore]
11:00 AM-. Plenary 2: The Continuing Process of Normalization

  •   Ambassador Raymond Burghardt
Video

[Atrium]
12:00 PM-. Lunch: Reception/Break/Other

  •   Ambassador Michael Marine , Current Ambassador to Vietnam
    •    
Video
Part 1

Part 2

[Mahogany]
1:30 PM-. 3a: Vietnam and Iraq: Deja vu All Over Again, or Not?

Moderator: Earl H. Tilford, Grove City College

  •   John Prados , National Security Archives
  •   Edwin Moise , Clemson University
  •   Marc Jason Gilbert , North Georgia College and State University
Video

[Aspen]
1:30 PM-. 3b: Precursors

Moderator: Ron Frankum, Millersville State University

  •   Walter Jones , University of Utah
  •   Jeffrey D. Wilhelm , Doctoral Candidate, Texas Tech University
  •   Mark Moyar , Marine Corps University
Video

[Redwood]
1:30 PM-. 3c: Vioices of the Vietnamese Diaspora

Moderator: Kiem Do, Independent Study Group of the Vietnamese Community

  •   Kiem Do , Former Captain, South Vietnamese Navy
  •   Can Thi Bich Ngoc , MD
    •    
  •   Vu D. Hieu , Author
    •    
Video

[Mahogany]
3:15 PM-. 4a: Teaching about the Vietnam War

Moderator: John Clark Pratt, Colorado State University

  •   Brian Gurian , Harrisburg Area Community College
  •   Ted Engelmann , Documentary Photographer / Independent Scholar
  •   Thomas E. Murray , Bayside H.S., Clearwater, Flordia
    •    
Video

[Aspen]
3:15 PM-. 4b: Vietnamese Diaspora

Moderator: Ambassador Nguyen Xuan Phong, Texas Tech University

  •   Nguyen Le Hieu
    •    
  •   Son H. Mai , Doctoral Candidate, Texas Tech University
Video

[Redwood]
3:15 PM-. 4c: Entertaining the Troops

Moderator: Richard Verrone, Texas Tech University

  •   Rick Holen , Vincennes University
  •   Ann Kelsey , County College of Morris Learning Resource Center
[American State Bank]
5:30 PM-. Reception: Reception/Break/Other

  •   W. R. Collier , President, ASB
  •   Mayor Marc McDougal

Friday, March 18th

Video

[Mahogany]
8:45 AM-. 5a: After Paris

Moderator: Larry Berman, University of California DC Center

  •   Richard Sears , Wake Forest University
  •   Amir A. Samardar , Southwest Tennessee Community College
  •   Kim-Thien T. Nguyen
    •    
Video

[Aspen]
8:45 AM-. 5b: Ngo Dinh Diem Era

Moderator: Ed Miller, Dartmouth University

  •   Daniel Tu , Undergraduate Student, University of Tulsa
    •    
  •   Major Nathan Haas , US Military Academy, West Point
    •    
  •   Ronald Frankum , Millersville State University
Video

[Redwood]
8:45 AM-. 5c: Vietnam: Religious & Cultural Perceptions

Moderator: Patricia Pelley, Texas Tech University

  •   Ginger Davis , Doctoral Candidate, Temple University
  •   Carmen K. Steigman , Graduate Student, American Military University
Video

[Mesquite]
8:45 AM-. 5d: Literature and the War

Moderator: Ron Milam, Texas Tech University

  •   John Clark Pratt , Colorado State University
  •   Yuan Shu , Texas Tech University
  •   James McDermott , Doctoral Candidate in Theater and Performing Arts, Texas Tech University
Video

[Mahogany]
10:30 AM-. 6a: Diplomacy & Decision-Making

Moderator: Larry Berman, University of California, DC Center

  •   Lien-Hang T. Nguyen , Doctoral Candidate, Yale University
    •    
  •   George Dalley
  •   Jay Veith , Independent Scholar
    •    
Video

[Aspen]
10:30 AM-. 6b: Vernacular Voices and Surprising Bedfellows

Moderator: Marc Jason Gilbert, North Georgia College & State University

  •   Matthew K. Irwin , Doctoral Candidate, Texas A&M University
  •   Heather Marie Stur , Doctoral Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Video

[Mesquite]
10:30 AM-. 6c: Vietnamese Trials & Achievements

Moderator: Ambassador Nguyen Xuan Phong, Texas Tech University

  •   Dr. Nguyen Y. Duc , Vietnamese-American Heritage Foundation
    •    
  •   Quang X. Pham , Former USMC Pilot and author
Video

[Atrium]
12:00 PM-. Lunch: The Vietnam War in Fiction

  •   Hoang Au Phuong , (Bao Ninh), author of The Sorrow of War
Video

[Mahogany]
1:30 PM-. 7a: New Interpretations

Moderator: Larry Berman, University of California, DC Center

  •   Keith Taylor , Cornell University
  •   Louis J. Campomenosi , University of Southern Mississippi
  •   Ron Milam , Texas Tech University
Video

[Aspen]
1:30 PM-. 7b: Agent Orange - I

Moderator: John F. Guilmartin, Ohio State University

  •   Jessica Kunkel , Doctoral Candidate, Texas Tech University
  •   Col. Ralph Dresser , USAF (ret.)
  •   Maj. Jack Spey , USAF (ret.), President, Ranch Hand Viet Nam
Video
Part 1

Part 2

[Redwood]
1:30 PM-. 7c: DASPO (Department of the Army Special Photographic Office)

Moderator: Steve Maxner, Texas Tech University

  •   BG (ret.) Bob Gaylord
    •    
  •   Carl Conn
  •   Charles Abbott
    •    
  •   Edgar Lewin
Video

[Mesquite]
1:30 PM-. 7d: Vietnamese Communism

Moderator: Ron Frankum, Millersville State University

  •   Abraham Leong , National Chi Nan University, Taiwan
  •   Rusty Hawkins , Doctoral Candidate, Texas Tech University
Video

[Mahogany]
3:15 PM-. 8a: Army of the Republic of Vietnam

Moderator: Earl H. Tilford, Grove City COllege

  •   Nguyen Tin , Author
    •    
  •   Quang X. Pham , Former USMC Pilot and author
Video

[Aspen]
3:15 PM-. 8b: Agent Orange - II

Moderator: John F. Guilmartin, Ohio State University

  •   John F. Guilmartin , Ohio State University
    •    
  •   Paul F. Cecil , Historian, Ranch Hand Viet Nam Association
    •    
  •   Alvin L. Young , Institute for Science and Public Policy, University of Oklahoma
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Video

[Redwood]
3:15 PM-. 8c: River Forces in Vietnam

Moderator: James Reckner, Texas Tech University

  •   Robert Tidwell , Doctoral Candidate, Texas Tech University
  •   Reagan Grau , Graduate Student, Texas Tech University
Video

[Mesquite]
3:15 PM-. 8d: Personal Experiences

Moderator: Richard Verrone, Texas Tech University

  •   Karen Zacharias
  •   Joy Wilkerson
[Atrium]
8:00 PM-. Banquet: Reception/Break/Other

  •   Major General Ken Bowra , USA (ret.)

Saturday, March 19th

Video

[Mahogany]
8:45 AM-. 9a: The Vietnam War and the Election Year

Moderator: Scott Sweat, Webmaster-Wintersoldier.com & SwiftVets.com

  •   Jerome Corsi , Co-author, Unfit for Command
  •   B. G. Burkett , Co-author Stolen Valor, served with 199th Light Infantry Bde (1968-1969)
  •   Larry Bailey , Organizer, Kerry Lied; served as Navy Seal
  •   Scott Swett , Webmaster - Wintersoldier.com and SwiftVets.com
Video

[Aspen]
8:45 AM-. 9b: China, the NLF, & Laos

Moderator: Keith Taylor, Cornell University

  •   Martin Loicano , Doctoral Candidate, Cornell University
  •   Phieu N. Tran , MD
  •   Patit Paban Mishra , Sambalpur University, India
Video

[Redwood]
8:45 AM-. 9c: Strategy

Moderator: Donald Walker, Texas Tech University

  •   David Strachan-Morris , Doctoral Candidate, University of Wolverhampton, UK
  •   Col. Steve Randolph , USAF, ret.; National Defense University
  •   Capt. John M. Hawkins , USA; US Military Academy
    •    
Video

[Mesquite]
8:45 AM-. 9d: Personal Accounts

Moderator: Ron Milam, Texas Tech University

  •   Bill Guenon , USAF pilot and author
  •   Allen W. Sims , Vietnam vet & author
  •   CMSgt. Bob Laymon , USAF, ret.
    •    
Video

[Mahogany]
10:30 AM-. 10a: Vietnam Veterans Against the War

Moderator: Nancy Miller Saunders, VVAW filmmaker and documentarian and supporter, 1970-1973

  •   Nancy Miller Saunders , VVAW filmmaker and documentarian and supporter, 1970-1973
    •    
  •   Bill Hager , Served two tours in Vietnam as a Combat Engineer with the USMC, 65-66, 68; VVAW's California/Nevada regional coordicator, 1971-72.
    •    
  •   Terry DuBose , USA 53rd General Support Group, 67-68; VVAW's Texas Regional Coordinator, 71-72
    •    
  •   Alex Primm , Army Information Specialist, 68-69; VVAW member since 1971
    •    
  •   Gerald Nicosia , author
Video

[Aspen]
10:30 AM-. 10b: Pacification & Counterinsurgency

Moderator: Laura Calkins, Texas Tech University

  •   Thomas J. Barnes , former Province Senior Advisor and Deputy for Cords in II CTZ
  •   Larry J. O'Daniel
[Redwood]
10:30 AM-. 10c: Vietnam-Related Resources

Moderator: Steve Maxner, Texas Tech University

  •   Vinh The-Lam , University of Saskatchewan
  •   Steve Maxner , Texas Tech University
  •   William Brewster , Curator of Collections, Wisconsin Veterans Museum
    •    
Video

[Mesquite]
10:30 AM-. 10d: War Diaries

Moderator: Donald Walker, Texas Tech University

  •   Todd J. Pfannestiel , Clarion University, Pennsylvania
  •   Frederick and Robert W. Whitehurst
[Atrium]
12:00 PM-. Lunch: Reception/Break/Other

  •   Larry Berman
Video

[Mahogany]
1:30 PM-. 11a: The Myths of the Vietnam War

Moderator: Steve Sherman

  •   Steve Sherman , served with 5th Special Forces Group, 67-68; RADIX Foundation
  •   Dr. Robert Turner , served as Assistant Special Projects Officer, US Embassy Saigon; Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia Law School
  •   James McLeroy , served with 5th Special Forces Groun, MACSOG/CCN
Video

[Aspen]
1:30 PM-. 11b: Medicine & Healing

Moderator: Ron Frankum, Millersville State University

  •   Cark E. Bartecchi , MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine
    •    
  •   Mary E. Nguyen
    •    
  •   Steven A. Leibo , Sage Colleges
[Redwood]
1:30 PM-. 11c: A Potpourri of Vietnam Papers

Moderator: James Reckner, Texas Tech University

  •   Jenny Hoover , Doctoral Candidate, Texas Tech University
  •   Michael Johnson , Graduate Student, Texas Tech University
  •   John Barnett , Doctoral Candidate, University of Arkansas
Video

[Mesquite]
1:30 PM-. 11d: Music and Humor

Moderator: Olga Dror, Texas A&M University

  •   Elizabeth Champan , Undergraduate Student, Texas A&M University
    •    
  •   Robert Vaughan , Author
[Hickory]
1:30 PM-. 11e: Winter Soldier

    [Sycamore]
    3:00 PM-. Plenary 12: Update on Vietnam Center

    Moderator: James Reckner, Texas Tech University

      [Sycamore]
      3:30 PM-. Plenary 13: Summary and Discussion & Future Recommendations

      Moderator: James Reckner, Texas Tech University