VIETNAM LECTURE SERIES: INTRODUCTION
By the time it ended in 1975, the Vietnam War was the longest war in which the United States had ever been engaged. It began as a modest advisory effort in the 1950s following the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu and eventually became a major engagement with more than one-half million troops in country during its peak in 1968. The introductory session provides an overview of the war along with a detailed explanation on “how we got in” and “why we got out." Featured speakers are Carol Reardon ("Overview of the Vietnam War") and Al Turgeon ("How We Got In and Why We Got Out").
DATE/TIME: Sunday OCTOBER 15, 2017 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
VIETNAM LECTURE SERIES: THE AIR WAR
The Vietnam War was the first war in which air power in its many forms influenced virtually every aspect of military operations. While an array of fixed-wing bombers and attack aircraft were engaged in operations throughout both North and South Vietnam, helicopters were a pervasive presence throughout the South and sometimes in the North. The “Air War” session provides an overview of the role of a wide variety of aircraft in the war and reflects the experiences of five individuals who participated, including Lewis Watt, who served as a Marine aviator for two tours—one as a helicopter pilot and one as an F-4 pilot; Al Turgeon, who served as an Army helicopter pilot; Al Sever, who was an Army helicopter crew chief; Bob Booz, who served as an Air Force Caribou pilot; and Ted Pruss.
DATE/TIME: Sunday OCTOBER 22, 2017 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
SPECIAL TOUR: "INSIDE THE BELLY OF THE BEAST"
Take a private tour of the inside and outside of the Pennsylvania Military Museum by joining one of our educators for a look behind-the-curtain of how the museum operates and its history. Tour will include the gallery space, collections & holdings, historical vehicle building, and staff-only areas. Tour begins in the Museum theater. Seating is limited - reservations required. The tour lasts two hours. Admission: $15.00, or $5.00 for museum members.
DATE/TIME: Saturday OCTOBER 28, 2017 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
VIETNAM LECTURE SERIES: AMERICANS IN BATTLE
The “Ground War” session provides an overview of the war as it was fought in the rice paddies, jungles, and mountains of Vietnam. Army, Marine, Air Force, and Navy personnel were involved in numerous roles in the conduct of military operations on the ground. This session will reflect the experiences of six individuals who participated in the war, including Vin Tedesco, who served as an Army artillery officer; Joe DeLauter, who was an Army Special Forces officer; Jay Snyder, who was an Army Infantry officer; Walt Kilareski, who served in the Army Corps of Engineers and constructed roads throughout the Mekong Delta; Ryan McCombie, who was a Navy SEAL; and Victor Campbell, who served as an operations officer on a Navy ship patrolling the Mekong River.
DATE/TIME: Sunday OCTOBER 29, 2017 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
VIETNAM LECTURE SERIES: POWs
The final Vietnam Lecture Series session will provide a detailed treatment of U.S. military personnel who were captured and held as POWs (Prisoners of War) in North Vietnam until their release in 1973. This lecture will be presented by Robert Doyle, a former Navy intelligence officer who has written several books on this subject.
DATE/TIME: Sunday NOVEMBER 5, 2017 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.