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 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