First Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient to speak at WFU
By Pam Barrett
The first Medal of Honor recipient during the Vietnam War, retired Col. Roger
Both events are free and open to the public.
Donlon is one of only 132 living Medal of Honor recipients. He was one of 17 Green Berets who received Medals of Honor during the Vietnam War. Of the 239 presented during that war, 150 were posthumous.
After Vietnam, Donlon led a distinguished 30-year career in the U.S. Army, traveling back to Vietnam several times. He retired in 1988. He has written two books related to his experiences in Vietnam, Outpost of Freedom and Beyond Nam Dong.
In his latest book, Beyond Nam Dong, Donlon gives a personal account of his experiences, including how 20 years after the war, he and a team of his former adversaries worked together to walk the path of reconciliation.
Copies of Beyond Nam Dong will be available for purchase at the booksigning.
Currently, Donlon is the executive director of The Westmoreland Scholar Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding understanding between the United States and Vietnam through academic scholarships and exchange programs for students.
The event, sponsored by the Wake Forest department of military sciences (ROTC), is part of Wake Forests theme year, Fostering Dialogue: Civil Discourse in an Academic Community, which is dedicated to exploring how free people with passionate interests and beliefs can communicate openly without turning dialogue into discord.
For more information, call 336-758-5836.