“1969: Vietnamization and the Year of Transition in the Vietnam War” Conference Agenda


April 25-27, 2019

Thursday, April 25


All day: Participants arrive in Lubbock


12:00 PM - Registration Desk opens at the MCM Elegante Hotel

6:00 PM Location: Conference Registration Area near Hotel Registration Desk


6:00 PM: Welcoming Reception

Cash Bar with Heavy Hors d'oeuvres


Special Program: Launch of the Peace & Conflict Series, Texas Tech University Press


Remarks provided by Michael Galyean, Ph.D., Provost, Texas Tech University and Ron Milam, Ph.D., Series Editor, Peace and Conflict Series, Texas Tech University Press; Executive Director, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University


Location: Atrium (near pool)

Friday, April 26


7:30 AM: Coffee Service in Conference Area


8 AM-5 PM: Registration Desk opens at MCM Elegante Hotel

Location: Conference Registration Area near the Hotel Registration Desk


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8:00 AM: WELCOMING REMARKS


Ron Milam, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University


Brent Lindquist, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University


Administrative Remarks

Stephen Maxner, Ph.D., Director, Vietnam Center and Archive, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University


Location: Petroleum Room


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8:30 AM: Plenary Session


Writing the History of the Vietnam War: A Retrospective


Introduction: Justin Hart, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Academic Programs, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University


A Discussion Featuring:


Lloyd Gardner, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University and

George Herring, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky Moderated by Pierre Asselin, Ph.D., San Diego State University

Location: Petroleum Room


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10:00 AM: Coffee Break


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(Beginning of breakout sessions) 10:30 AM: Session 2

Session 2A


The Strategy of Vietnamization


Commentator/Moderator: Paul L. Miles, Ph.D., Princeton University


President Thieu's Strategy for Vietnamization

George J. Veith, PHD Candidate, Monash University


Choosing “the Long Road”: Melvin Laird, Vietnamization, and the War over Nixon’s Vietnam Strategy

David Prentice, Ph.D., Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Oklahoma State University


Location: Petroleum Room

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Session 2B


US Military Operations


Commentator/Moderator: Gerald Waite, Vietnam Veteran, Research Fellow, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Ball State University


Operation Dewey Canyon: Search-and-Destroy in the Age of Abrams

Ross Phillips, Texas A&M University


DEWEY CANYON: Its Lessons and Legacy

Michael Morris, Ph.D. Candidate, Texas A&M University


Vietnamization at Work: A Story from the Mekong Delta

Ted Engelmann, Vietnam Veteran, Independent Researcher


Location: University Room

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Session 2C


Vietnamese War Correspondents


Commentator/Moderator: Hoang Duc Nha, former Presidential Advisor, Minister of Mass Mobilization and Open Arms, the RVN


“SURVIVING: The Vietnam War and Its Aftermath!”

Duong Phuc and Vu Thanh Thuy, Vietnam War Correspondents Location: Cotton Room

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Session 2D


Commentator/Moderator: TBD OPEN TBD

Location: Heritage Room


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12:00 Lunch


Welcoming Remarks: Laura Calkins, Ph.D., Texas Tech University


Lunch Presentation


Duong Van Mai Elliott, Author of RAND in Southeast Asia, A History of the Vietnam War Era and The Sacred Willow: Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family


Location: Petroleum Room


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1:30 PM: Sessions 3

Session 3A


Film Screening


Commentator/Moderator: Hoang Duc Nha, former Presidential Advisor, Minister of Mass Mobilization and Open Arms, the RVN


Film Screening: Vietnamerica


Location: Petroleum Room

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Session 3B


Journalists and War Reporting


Commentator/Moderator: Justin Simundson, Ph.D., Texas Tech University


A Reporter Remembers 1969

Donald Kirk, Vietnam War Correspondent


Normative Role of Journalism in the Republic of Vietnam: The Case of Vietnamization in 1969

Thanh Hoang, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Location: University Room

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Session 3C


Vietnam War Allies I


Commentator/Moderator: TBD


Field Marshals of Vientiane: the American Ambassador’s War in the Year of the Rooster, 1969

Jeff Schultz, Luzerne County Community College


Operation Menu - Prelude to the Cambodia Campaign

Mack Payne, Independent Researcher, Vietnam Veteran News Podcast


The Nixon Doctrine and Its Impact on U.S. Relations with Asian Allies (South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines)

Dieu Khue Do, Seoul National University


Location: Cotton Room

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Session 3D


The People’s Army of Vietnam and National Liberation Front


Commentator/Moderator: Laura Calkins, Ph.D., Texas Tech University


The National Liberation Front’s Tax and Land Reform Policies in 1969

Cody Billock , San Diego State University


Once More as Before: North Vietnamese Operational and Tactical Methods in the Battle of Ap Dong Bia, 10-20 May 1969

Erik Villard, Ph.D., US Army Center of Military History


Memory and Motivation: A New Past of the Vietnam War

Hai Nguyen, Ph.D., Harvard University Location: Heritage Room

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3:00 PM: Coffee Break


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3:30 PM: Sessions 4


Session 4A


Film Discussion


Commentator/Moderator: Hoang Duc Nha, former Presidential Advisor, Minister of Mass Mobilization and Open Arms, the RVN


Film Discussion: Vietnamerica


Location: Petroleum Room

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Session 4B


Tour of Duty: Canadians and the Vietnam War


Commentator/Moderator: Rebecca McGee, Texas Tech University


An Overview of the Project/Exhibit

Rory Cory, Senior TMM Museum Curator


The Oral History Project Highlights

James Baldwin (MEd), Oral History Project, The Military Museums (Calgary, Alberta)


1969 Canadian Veteran Perspectives

Staff Sergeant Mike Male (1967-71), 39th Engineers Corporal Dana Urban (1968-69), 26th Marines and 2nd CAP


Location: University Room

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Session 4C


Special Operations Forces in Vietnam


Commentator/Moderator: Donald Kirk, Vietnam War Correspondent


The Green Beret Murder Affair

Stephen Sherman, Vietnam Veteran, Independent Researcher


Colonel Kurtz Was Right: Thái Khắc Chuyên and “The Green Beret Affair”

Kyle Horst, Independent Researcher


A Shot in the Arm: The U.S. Army, Rangers, and Reorganization in 1969

James Sandy, Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington


Location: Cotton Room

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Session 4D


An Overview of 1969 and US Presidential Policy


Commentator/Moderator: Lloyd Gardner, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University


1969: An Overview

Carolyn Eisenberg, Ph.D., Hofstra University


President Richard M. Nixon’s New National Security Architecture and the Vietnam War

Ashley Neale, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Kansas Location: Heritage Room

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5:00 PM – End of first day presentations


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6:00 PM: Bus Departs MCM Elegante for Banquet

Texas Tech University International Cultural Center Hall of Nations


Reception Cash bar


6:20 PM: Bus returns to MCM Elegante


6:30 PM: Final Bus pickup for Banquet


6:45 PM: Special Vietnam Veteran Recognition Program

Hosted by the Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University


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7:15 PM: CONFERENCE BANQUET


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7:45 PM: Welcoming Remarks: Ron Milam, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University


Keynote Speaker:


What Were Nixon’s Options on Vietnam?

Fred Logevall, Ph.D., Harvard University

Recipient of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in History for

Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam


8:45 PM: End of banquet


Bus departs ICC for MCM Elegante


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Saturday April 27


7:30 AM: Coffee Service in Conference Area


8 AM-5 PM: Registration Desk opens

Location: Conference Registration Area


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8:30 AM: Sessions 5

Session 5A


US Air Operations Over Vietnam and Modern Recovery Efforts for Aircrews Listed as “Missing in Action” After More than 50 Years


Commentator/Moderator: Dave Lewis, Colonel, USAF (Retired), Director, Strategic Studies, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University


Overview of 8560 Aircraft Losses and the Unique Problem of Recovering, or Even Locating, Lost, Single Ship Reconnaissance Flights

Bruce W. Bean, Professor, Michigan State College of Law


Unfinished Business: Locating Semantic Flight - Contemporaneously Re-Flying the Flight Plan of a Missing Reconnaissance Mission in 1968 and (Barely) Surviving

Ron Bracy, Lt. Col. USAF Ret., Former RF-4C Navigator, 28 years active duty, 21 years Reserve and Guard Service as a Chaplain


“Alone, Unarmed, Unafraid” - Flying at Night in Harm’s Way Inside a Bottle of Ink – What May Have Happened to Semantic Flight and its Two-Man Crew

Robert R. S. Barnard, Lt. Col. USAFR, Ret., Aeronautical Engineer, Former Air Force Intelligence Officer with 5 Decades of Air Defense Experience


Location: Petroleum Room

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Session 5B


Vietnam War Allies II


Commentator/Moderator: Justin Hart, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Academic Programs, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University


Cautious Rapprochement amid the Gathering Storm: Norodom Sihanouk and the United States, 1969”.

Raymond Leos, J.D., Pannasastra University of Cambodia

The Implications of South Korea's Response and Conduct in the Vietnamization of the Vietnam War

Hosub Shim, Major, Republic of Korea Army, University of Kansas


Location: University Room

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Session 5C


The American Home Front during the Vietnam War


Commentator/Moderator: TBD


State of Siege Berkeley: A Veteran for Peace on a Martial Campus

Robert Andersen, Vietnam-Era Veteran, Independent Researcher


“I Gotta Be Me”: How 1969 Songs Indicate Divisions in Vietnam War-Era America

Erin McCoy, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Beaufort


Location: Cotton Room

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Session 5D


CORDS and the Military Advisory Effort


Commentator/Moderator: Martin Clemis, Ph.D., Valley Forge Military College


Not Just 'Too Little, Too, Late': CORD'S Lost Horizon, 1969-1970

Marc Gilbert, Ph.D., Hawaii Pacific University


1969: The Central Year for Mobile Advisory Teams (MAT teams) and the U.S. Army’s Advisory Effort in the Vietnam War

Uyen Nguyen, Texas Tech University Location: Heritage Room

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10:00 AM: Coffee break - Conference Registration Area


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10:30 AM: Sessions 6

Session 6A


The South Vietnamese Economy During Vietnamization: Growing to Meet Challenges


Commentator/Moderator: Tuong Vu, Ph.D., University of Oregon


Reform of Collapse: Economic Challenges to the Republic of Vietnam, 1969-73

Pham Kim Ngoc, former Minister of the Economy, the RVN


Coping with Changes and War, Building Foundation for Growth

Nguyen Duc Cuong, former Minister of Trade and Industry, the RVN


1969: The Year the Land-to-the-Tiller Program Was Launched

Tran Quang Minh, former Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the RVN


Location: Petroleum Room

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Session 6B


Vietnamization: Operational Causes and Early Tests for the ARVN


Commentator/Moderator: TBD


Hamburger Hill 1969 from Vietnamese Perspectives

Hieu Nam Trung Le, Ph.D., Hue University of Sciences


The First Test of Vietnamization: The Cambodia Operation 1970

Phan Nhat Nam, ARVN Veteran, Independent Researcher


Location: University Room

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Session 6C


The Psychology of Killing and the My Lai Massacre


Commentator/Moderator: Erin McCoy, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Beaufort


The Psychology of Killing and the Experiences of American Soldiers in the Vietnam War

Olli Siitonen, University of Helsinki


My Lai Massacre Revelation – The Catalyst for Vietnamization

Hung Nguyen, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam and William Doan, Columbia University


Location: Cotton Room

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Session 6D


Armor Warfare during the Vietnam War


Commentator/Moderator: Justin Hart, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Academic Programs, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University


Ben Het: The Vietnam War’s Clash of Steel

Philip Webster, Texas Tech University


My Vietnam War: 1969 + 50

Philip Beidler, Ph.D., University of Alabama Location: Heritage Room

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12:00 Lunch


Welcoming Remarks: Justin Hart, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Academic Programs, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University


Lunch Presentation


Pierre Asselin, Ph.D., San Diego State University

Understanding the Enemy: Keys to Hanoi’s Victory


Location: Petroleum Room


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1:30 PM: Session 7


Session 7A


Vietnamization and South Vietnam’s Security


Commentator/Moderator: Tuong Vu, Ph.D., University of Oregon

The Impact of Vietnamization and the Strategy for Self-Reliance and Self-Sufficiency Hoang Duc Nha, former Presidential Advisor, Minister of Mass Mobilization and Open Arms, the RVN


The Army of the RVN during Vietnamization: Reflections of a Frontline Soldier Bui Quyen, former Lt. Colonel, Deputy Commander of 3rd Airborne Brigade, Airborne Division, ARVN


The RVN National Police during Vietnamization

Tran Minh Cong, former Colonel and Commandant of the National Police Academy, the RVN


Location: Petroleum Room

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Session 7B


Uncovering History: A Roundtable Discussion on Latino Men’s Experiences in the Vietnam War

Commentator/Moderator: Amber Batura, Ph.D., Texas Tech University Discussion Featuring:

Frank Gutierrez, Vietnam Veteran Josue Silva, Texas Tech University Kayla Maples, Texas Tech University


Location: University Room

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Session 7C


The Newest Mission of the USS Midway: Vietnam War and Cold War Onboard Seminars for Teachers


Commentator/Moderator: Pierre Asselin, Ph.D., San Diego State University


The Midway Institute for Teachers: Program Origins and Overview

John F. Burns, M.A., Vietnam Veteran, Director, Midway Institute for Teachers


Using an Iconic Ship as a Principal Vehicle in Teacher Learning

Rudolph Shappee, M.A., Vietnam Veteran, Assistant Director, Midway Institute for Teachers


How Teachers Use What They Learn Aboard USS Midway to Improve and Expand their Teaching about the Vietnam War and its Era

Richard del Rio, M.A., Teacher Coordinator, Midway Institute for Teachers


Location: Cotton Room

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Session 7D


The Vietnamese Home Front during the Vietnam War


Commentator/Moderator: TBD


South Vietnam Higher Education Developed in the Vietnamization Context: A Brief View from Public Universities' Operation

Thuy Dung Truong, University of Hamburg


The Impact of Buddhism’s Movement to the Failure of Vietnamization Strategy and the Saigon Government, 1969-1975

Trieu Huy Ha, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam


Location: Heritage Room


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3:00 PM: Coffee break - Conference Registration Area


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3:30 PM: Session 8


Session 8A


Nature, Technology, and Ambiguity: Pacification and the War in Vietnam, 1969


Commentator/Moderator: Martin Clemis, Ph.D., Valley Forge Military College


The Accelerated Pacification Campaign and the Monsoon: Phu Yen Province, 1969

Robert J. Thompson, Ph.D., Army University Press, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas


The Challenge of Computing Pacification

Jonathan Askonas, Ph.D., The Catholic University of America


Good Times, Bad Times: Peace Talks, Pacification-Vietnamization, and the War in South Vietnam, 1969

Martin G. Clemis, Ph.D., Valley Forge Military College


Location: Petroleum Room

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Session 8B


Vietnam War Allied Operations and Peace Talks


Commentator/Moderator: Ted Engelmann, Vietnam Veteran, Independent Researcher


"True North Strong and Free:" Canadians in Vietnam

Rebecca McGee, Texas Tech University


Activities of Polish People’s Republic Military Intelligence During Vietnam War

Jarema Slowiak, Jagiellonian University


Location: University Room

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Session 8C


The Army of the Republic of Vietnam


Commentator/Moderator: TBD


Experiences of a Vietnamese Infantryman in the First Year of the Vietnamization Michael Do, Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Vietnamese American Community of the U.S.A.


Vietnamization/Pacification and the ARVN 5th Infantry Division

Tin Nguyen, Independent Researcher


The Effectiveness of Vietnamization

Trong Q. Phan, Ph.D., Secretary General of the Executive Board of The Vietnamese American Community of the U.S.A.


Location: Cotton Room

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Session 8D


Prisoners of War, Refugees, and the National Police of the Republic of Vietnam


Commentator/Moderator: TBD


A Better War? The Treatment of Communist POWs before and after "Vietnamization"

Marcel Berni, Swiss Military Academy at ETH Zurich


Viet Nam 1969/70: Pacification as a path to No-where

Gerald Waite, Vietnam Veteran, Research Fellow, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Ball State University


The State of the [RV] NP (Republic of Vietnam National Police Force) and the [RV] NPFF (Republic of Vietnam National Police Field Force) – circa – 1969

Geoff Shaw, Shaw, Ph.D., Independent Scholar, President, The Alexandrian Defense Group


Location: Heritage Room


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5:00 PM: Closing Remarks


Stephen Maxner, Ph.D., Director, Vietnam Center and Archive, Institute for Peace and Conflict, Texas Tech University


Location: Cotton Room


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