Lessons From Vietnam War Topic for Next War And Society Lecture
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Contact Angela Kilcrease - 601.266.4988   

HATTIESBURG, Miss.  – A lecture investigating strategies employed by the United States’ military during the Vietnam War is set for April 10 at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Sponsored by the Department of History’s faculty group for the Study of War and Society, the lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. in Room 102 of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

In his lecture, “The Lessons of Vietnam,” Dr. James Willbanks, professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., will discuss the United States’ counterinsurgency in Vietnam, depicting the challenges presented by a dual-offensive presence — the North Vietnamese main forces and communist guerillas.

Dr. Willbanks is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army with 23 years service as an infantry officer in various assignments, including a tour as an adviser with both the Royal Thai Army in Vietnam and the 18th Division of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. He also served in command and staff assignments in Panama, Japan, Germany and CONUS with duty in the 3rd Infantry, 7th Infantry, 9th Infantry, and 1st Cavalry Divisions and as chief of contingency planning in U.S. Southern Command.
His personal military awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with “V” and Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Two Silver Stars and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
He is the author of several books, including “Abandoning Vietnam: How America Left and South Vietnam Lost Its War” (University Press of Kansas, 2004), “The Battle of An Loc” (Indiana University Press, 2005) and “The Tet Offensive: A Concise History” (Columbia University Press, 2006).

Admission is free. For more information about the lecture, call 601.266.6196 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .

For more information, visit the Web at www.usm.edu/arts or contact Angela Kilcrease at 601.266.4988.

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