ARVN: Reflections and Reassessments After 30 Years

17 March - 18 March 2006
Holiday Inn Park Plaza - Lubbock, Texas

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Friday, March 17th


8:00 AM Opening Remarks: Dr. James Reckner


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


      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


      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


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


        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


        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


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

          Saturday, March 18th


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

          Moderator: Mr. Stephen Maxner, The Vietnam Center

          • ARVN and the Rescue of BAT 21
            Mr. Darrell Whitcomb and Mr. Nguyen Van Kiet


          9:15 AM-10:45 AM 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


          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

          • CPT Kiem Do , Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations VN Navy; ISG Lead, Louisiana


          • LCDR Cam Tran VNN , Special Forces (PT Boat Squadron); Military Writer, Texas


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


            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


            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


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