Oral histories sought for Vietnam Experience Conference

First-hand experiences of those who served in the Vietnam War are sought for use during The Vietnam Experience Conference, a two-day conference featuring six panels of presenters.

The conference will be held June 13-14 in Victoria.

Oral histories are sought from a variety of people who lived during that time: combat veterans, military nurses, protesters on the homefront and young people who remember seeing their parents go off to war, according to Dr. Beverly Tomek, conference chair.

Those wishing to share their memories of the Vietnam War can contact Tomek at  tomekb@uhv.edu

The conference’s six panels will be in the Multipurpose Room of the University Center building at the University of Houston – Victoria, 3007 N. Ben Wilson. Panels offered during the conference include:
•    “Leadership in the Vietnam Era” from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Thursday
•    “Tactical Choices of Their Implementation in Southeast Asia” from 10:30 a.m. – noon on Thursday
•    “Case Studies of the War in the Vietnam Province” from 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday
•    “The War in the Air” from 8:30 a.m.–10 a.m. on Friday
•    “Dissent in the Vietnam Era” from 10:30 a.m. – noon on Friday
•    “In Their Own Words: Oral History and the Vietnam Experience” from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday.

Col. David Taylor will deliver the keynote address on “Our War: An Infantry Battalion’s Sacrifice in the Vietnam War” at 7 p.m. Friday in the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. in Victoria.

Additionally, Larry Chilcoat will speak on “War Dogs Heroism and Sacrifice since World War II” during Thursday’s dinner from 6-8 p.m. Dr. Dennis Riedesel will discuss the “Gator Navy and the River People of Vietnam” during Friday’s luncheon from noon-2 p.m.

Registration for the full conference is $20 and $30 for couples. For one day of the conference, the registration is $15. Victoria College and UHV students will be admitted free of charge.

Registration and other conference information is available at www.vietnamconf.org.

Published: Thursday, 30 May 2013

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