6th Triennial Vietnam Symposium

13 March - 15 March 2008
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 13th

Video

[Sycamore]
8:30 AM-. Plenary 1: The Media and the Tet Offensive

Moderator: Richard Pyle, Associated Press

  •   Barry Zorthian , USIA, JUSPAO, Saigon
  •   Don North , War Correspondent, ABC and NBC News
  •   William Hammond , Historian, US Army Center of Military History
Video

[Sycamore]
10:30 AM-. Plenary 2: The Media and the Vietnam War

Moderator: William Hammond, US Army Center of Military History

  •   Peter Arnett , War Correspondent, AP, Pulitzer Prize 1966
  •   Richard Pyle , War Correspondent, Saigon Bureau Chief, AP
  •   George Esper , War Correspondent, Saigon Bureau Chief, AP (during fall of Saigon in April 1975)
Video

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

  •   Peter Arnett , Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, 1966
Video

[Sycamore]
1:30 PM-. 3a: Sects, Diem, and the Early Opposition Press in the US

Moderator: Edward Miller, Associate Professor, Dartmouth College

  •   Carmen K. Steigman , M.D., M.P.H., Independent Researcher
    •    
  •   Ronald B. Frankum Jr. , Associate Professor, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  •   Louis Campomenosi , PhD, Tulane University
    •    
Video

[Redwood]
1:30 PM-. 3b: Archival Collections and Preservation

Moderator: Cynthia Chambers, PhD, Analyst, Research and Analysis Directorate

  •   Sara J. Holmes , Supervisory Preservation Specialist, National Personnel Records Center, National Archives and Records Administration
    •    
  •   Stephen Denney , Library Assistant, University of California at Berkeley
  •   John Baky , Director of Libraries, Connelly Library, La Salle University
Video

[Aspen]
1:30 PM-. 3c: Agent Orange and Herbicides in Vietnam and Thailand

Moderator: Arnold Schecter, MD, MPH, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Texas School of Public Health

  •   Arnold Schecter , MD, MPH, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Texas School of Public Health
    •    
  •   David A. Butler , PhD, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
    •    
  •   Kurt Priessman , Master Sergeant, USAF (retired), Independent Researcher
    •    
Video

[Sycamore]
3:30 PM-. 4a: Pham Xuan An: Unraveling the Mystery of a Perfect Spy

Moderator: Richard Pyle, War Sorrespondent, Saigon Bureau Chief, Associated Press

  •   Kyle Horst , Independent Researcher
  •   Larry Berman , PhD, Professor, University of California, Davis
    •    
Video

[Redwood]
3:30 PM-. 4b: The Battle for Tan Son Nhut - Tet '68

Moderator: James Willbanks, PhD, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth

  •   Bob Laymon , CMSgt, USAF (retired), Independent Researcher
    •    
  •   Merle Pribbenow , CIA (retired), Independent Researcher
    •    
  •   Bernie DeNisio , Col, USAF (retired), Independent Researcher
Video

[Aspen]
3:30 PM-. 4c: Panel Discussion: "Edward Lansdale's Vietnam War: Myth, History and the Career of America's Most Famous Vietnam Intelligence Operative

Moderator: Edward Miller, PhD, Associate Professor, Dartmouth College

  •   Rufus Phillips , CIA and USAID (retired)
  •   Jerome French , Department of Defense and USAID (retired)
  •   Don North , War Correspondent, ABC and NBC News
Video

[Mahogany]
3:30 PM-. 4d: LBJ, Colby, and Nixon: The Impact of Tet and Presidential Leadership on the Course of the Vietnam War

Moderator: Justin Hart, PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University

  •   Walter Jones , University of Utah
  •   Carolyn Eisenberg , Professor of History, Hofstra University
  •   Jeffrey Woods , Associate Professor of History, Arkansas Tech University
Video

[American State Bank]
6:00 PM-. Reception: Reception/Break/Other

  •   W. R. Collier , President, American State Bank
  •   Mayor David Miller
Video

[Sycamore]
8:00 AM-. Opening Ceremony: Reception/Break/Other

  •   Chancellor Kent Hance , Texas Tech University

Friday, March 14th

Video
Part 1

Part 2

[Sycamore]
8:30 AM-. 5a: Major Battles of the Tet Offensive

Moderator: Ron Milam, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, Texas Tech University

  •   Tin Nguyen , Independent Researcher
    •    
  •   Bryan G. Urquhart , Independent Researcher
  •   Gregory Sanders , Independent Researcher
    •    
Video
Part 1

Part 2

[Redwood]
8:30 AM-. 5b: Personal Perspectives: The Army of the Republic of Vietnam

Moderator: James Reckner, PhD, Professor of History, Texas Tech University

  •   Nguyen Le Hieu , PhD, Independent Researcher
    •    
  •   Nghia M. Vo , Independent Researcher
    •    
  •   Hieu Vu , Independent Researcher
    •    
Video
Part 1

Part 2

[Aspen]
8:30 AM-. 5c: Education and the Vietnam War

Moderator: Larry Berman, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Davis

  •   Thomas C. Reich , Assistant Professor University Library, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
    •    
  •   John Southard , Texas Tech University
  •   TiTi Mary Tran , California State University
    •    
Video

[Mahogany]
8:30 AM-. 5d: The Battle for Hue

Moderator: Andrew Wiest, PhD, Associate Professor of History, The University of Southern Mississippi

  •   Erik B. Villard , PhD, Historian, U.S. Army Center of Military History
    •    
  •   Nguyen Ngoc Bich , Independent Researcher
Video

[Sycamore]
10:30 AM-. 6a: Legal Issues in the Vietnam War

Moderator: Cal Lewis, Associate Dean, Texas Tech School of Law

  •   Daniel H. Benson , Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Law (retired), Texas Tech University School of Law; former Major and Military Judge, Army JAGC
  •   Mattei Radu , Independent Researcher, Villanova University
  •   Joseph B. Conboy , Associate Dean Emeritus, Colonel US Army JAGC (retired)
Video

[Redwood]
10:30 AM-. 6b: Finding Thuy: What Happened after the Fifth Triennial Vietnam Symposium

Moderator: Sara J. Holmes, Supervisory Preservation Specialist, National Personnel Records Center, National Archives and Records Administration

  •   Fred Whitehurst , Independent Researcher
  •   Rob Whitehurst , Independent Researcher
    •    
  •   Ted Engelmann , Independent Researcher
    •    
Video

[Aspen]
10:30 AM-. 6c: Telling Our Stories: African American Vietnam Veterans

Moderator: Ron E. Armstead, U.S. Navy Vietnam Theater Veteran

  •   Garna Christian , PhD, Professor of History, University of Houston-Downtown
  •   Robert Blackwell , USA, Tyler, TX
  •   Ruben 'Sugar Bear' Johnson , USMC, Cleveland, TX
  •   Charles Johnson , USA, San Antonio, TX
  •   Bennie Nash III , U.S. Navy (retired) Vietnam Era Veteran, Lubbock, TX
Video

[Mahogany]
10:30 AM-. 6d: Tet, the DRV, and the RVN

Moderator: Kelly Crager, PhD, Texas Tech University

  •   Merle Pribbenow , Independent Researcher
  •   Andrew Wiest , PhD, Associate Professor of History, The University of Southern Mississippi
  •   Vu Quy Ky , Independent Researcher
    •    
Video

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

  •   Mark Moyar , PhD, Kim T. Adamson Chair of Insurgency and Terrorism U.S. Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia
Video

[Sycamore]
1:30 PM-. 7a: Naval Intelligence Liaison Officers in Vietnam

Moderator: Nick Carbone

  •   John Vinson , NILO Tra Cu
  •   Peter Decker , NILO Duc Hoa
    •    
  •   Lawrence Serra , NILO Ha Tien
Video

[Redwood]
1:30 PM-. 7b: Vietnam and Iraq

Moderator: William Thomas Allison, PhD, Professor of History, Weber State University

  •   Martin K. Gordon , PhD, Faculty Associate in History, Johns Hopkins University
  •   Gary J. Heffner , MA, SGT (former) US Army National Guard
    •    
  •   Bob Worthington , PhD, Lt Col, US Army (retired)
    •    
Video

[Aspen]
1:30 PM-. 7c: Saving Lives in Vietnam: Nurses, Aidmen, and Dustoff Pilots

Moderator: Richard A. Ruth, Assistant Professor, United States Naval Academy

  •   Pat Brady , MG, USA (retired), Independent Researcher
    •    
  •   Ron Milam , PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University
  •   Jonathan Hood , PhD, Center for Military History
Video

[Sycamore]
3:30 PM-. 8a: The Hue Massacre of 1968

Moderator: James Reckner, PhD, Professor of History, Texas Tech University

  •   Nguyen Ly Tuong , Independent Researcher
    •    
  •   Michael Peavey Do , Captain, Republic of Vietnam Air Force, Independent Researcher
    •    
  •   Trinh Quoc Thien , Indepentent Researcher
    •    
Video

[Redwood]
3:30 PM-. 8b: Teaching the Tet Offensive and 1968: A Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: James Willbanks, PhD, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth

  •   William Thomas Allison , PhD, Professor of History, Weber State University
  •   Edwin E. Moise , PhD, Professor of History, Clemson University
    •    
  •   Ron Milam , PhD, Assistant Professor of History, Texas Tech University
Video

[Aspen]
3:30 PM-. 8c: Political Warfare, American Protest, and Southern Vietnamese Intellectuals

Moderator: Thomas C. Reich, Assistant Professor University Library, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

  •   Wynn Wilcox , PhD, Associate Professor, Western Connecticut State University
  •   Matthew Johnson , Temple University
  •   Robert A. Silano , Independent Researcher
    •    
Video

[Atrium]
8:00 PM-. Banquet: Reception/Break/Other

  •   Ambassador Raymond Burghardt , Former US Ambassador to Vietnam; Director, East-West Seminars, East-West Center, Hawaii

Saturday, March 15th

Video

[Sycamore]
8:30 AM-. 9a: Personal Narratives and the Impact of the War

Moderator: Lynne Fallwell, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, Texas Tech University

  •   Ted Engelmann , Veteran, Independent Researcher
    •    
  •   Wendy Liles , Daughter of Robert L. Liles, Jr., MAJ, USAF, KIA 1972
Video

[Redwood]
8:30 AM-. 9b: Special Operations and missions During the Vietnam War

Moderator: Edwin E. Moise, PhD, Professor of History, Clemson University

  •   James M. Cloninger , Texas Tech University
  •   Dale Ross Stith , Founder and President, Quiet Aircraft Association, Inc.
    •    
  •   Michael W. Cheek , American University
Video

[Aspen]
8:30 AM-. 9c: Multimedia Presentation

  •   Karl Michel , PhD, Assistant Professor of Art, Piedmont College
    •    
Video

[Mahogany]
8:30 AM-. 9d: Postwar Issues and Challenges

Moderator: Kelly Crager, PhD, Vietnam Center

  •   Jason Perkins , Carleton College
    •    
  •   H. G. "Don" Mercer , Independent Researcher
    •    
  •   Ralph Thomas , Independent Researcher
Video

[Sycamore]
10:30 AM-. 10a: The Vietnam War in Literature

Moderator: Rich Rice, PhD, Associate Professor of English, Texas Tech University

  •   Michael Lund , PhD, Professor, Longwood University, Virginia
  •   Quan Manh Ha , PhD Candidate, Texas Tech University
Video

[Redwood]
10:30 AM-. 10b: US Navy Operations in Vietnam

Moderator: Bob Worthington, PhD, Lt Col, US Army (retired)

  •   Al Billings , CDR, USN (retired), Independent Researcher
    •    
  •   Wade R. Sanders , Capt, USN (retired), Independent Researcher
    •    
Video

[Aspen]
10:30 AM-. 10c: US Soldiers Experiences in Vietnam

Moderator: James Willbanks, PhD, US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth

  •   Gerald F. Goodwin , University of Kentucky
    •    
  •   James T. Gillam , Associate Professor, Spelman College
  •   Robert B. Daroff , MD, Case Western Reserve University
    •    
Video

[Mahogany]
10:30 AM-. 10d: Bob Hope, The Post Exchange, and A Tale of Two Quagmires...

Moderator: Martin K. Gordon, PhD, Faculty Associate in History, Johns Hopkins University

  •   Judith R. Johnson , PhD, Associate Professor, Wichita State University
  •   Richard A. Ruth , Assistant Professor, United States Naval Academy
    •    
  •   Samuel B. Hoff , PhD, Delaware State University
Video

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

  •   Ambassador Charles Ray , Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Defense Prisoner/Missing Personnel Office; Former US Ambassador to Cambodia
Video

[Sycamore]
1:30 PM-. Plenary 11: Accounting for our MIAs: The Role of Archival Research

Moderator: Ronald Cima, Senior Analyst for Southeast Asia, Research and Analysis Directorate

  •   Guy Bentz , Analyst, Research and Analysis Directorate
  •   Cynthia Chambers , PhD, Analyst, Research and Analysis Directorate
  •   Mark C. Russell , PhD, Historian, Research and Analysis Directorate
    •    
Video

[Sycamore]
3:30 PM-. Plenary 12: Discussion, Recommendations, and Closing Remarks

Moderator: Steve Maxner, Director, Vietnam Center, Texas Tech University