Vietnam is focus of 2011 Roundtable

October 26, 2011

U.S. troops in Vietnam is the topic of the 2011 Veterans Roundtable, part of Emporia’s annual All Veterans Tribute.

This year’s Roundtable focuses on “The Vietnam Experience” and will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in Webb Hall II of Emporia State University’s Memorial Union.

Sgt. Maj. Larry Gales will talk about “Two Tours, Two ’Nams.” Gales served two tours in Vietnam — 1965-66 and 1968-69.

“Eight Months with the Big Red One” is the topic for Cpl. Russ Estes. He served in Vietnam from 1968-69 with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division.

Moderator for the event is Capt. Douglas McGaw who served in Vietnam in 1969 with the 1st Infantry Division and later the 1st Air Cavalry Division.

The Veterans Roundtable has been an annual event at Emporia State University since 2002 and marks the beginning of Emporia’s All Veterans Tribute celebration every year.

Veterans Roundtable is organized by Loren Pennington, ESU emeritus professor of history, and Christopher Lovett, professor of history. The event began with a focus on World War II. Last year, the roundtable focused on the Korean War.

The free event is sponsored by the ESU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Department of Social Sciences and Lyon County Historical Society Archives and Museum.

Click here for more information about Emporia’s All Veterans Tribute.

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