George J. Veith
George J. Veith is a former Army captain. He is the author of Code-Name Bright Light: The Untold Story of U.S. POW Rescue Efforts during the Vietnam War (1998), Leave No Man Behind: Bill Bell and the Search for American POW/MIAs from the Vietnam War (2004) and Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 (2013).
He has written extensively on the Vietnam War, including articles in major journals, and presented papers at numerous conferences. He has testified twice on the POW/MIA issue before the Congress.
Bill Laurie was born and raised in Waukegon, Illinois. He attended Arizona State University where he graduated in 1968 with a BA in Political Science. (He would later earn a second BA in Economics.) After graduation he volunteered for the Army. He trained at the Infantry Officer Basic Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, Combat Tactical Intelligence and Southeast Asia Orientation at Fort Holabird, Maryland and Vietnamese Language School at Fort Bliss, Texas.
He was trained as an advisor, but by the time he arrived in Vietnam in late 1971, the advisory role was being phased out. He was assigned as an intelligence analyst in MACV J-2 from 1971 to 1972 when our troops were pulled out. Dissatisfied with leaving Vietnam, Laurie sought ways to return to Vietnam. In 1973 he returned with the Defense Attache Office and served as an advisor to US, RVNAF, Australian, USAID and CIA personnel covering 18 of the 44 provinces of South Vietnam.
He holds a teaching certificate for secondary schools, University of Phoenix. Bill is fluent both in spoken and written Vietnamese.
Dr. Robert F. Turner Ph.D.
Robert F. Turner holds both professional and academic doctorates from the University of Virginia School of Law. He co-founded the Center for National Security Law with Professor John Norton Moore in April 1981 and has served as its Associate Director since then except for two periods of government service in the 1980s and during 1994-95, when he occupied the Charles H. Stockton Chair of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
A veteran of two Army tours in Vietnam, he served as a Research Associate and Public Affairs Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace before spending five years in the mid-1970s as national security adviser to Senator Robert P. Griffin, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has also served in the Pentagon as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, in the White House as Counsel to the President's Intelligence Oversight Board, at the State Department as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, and as the first President of the congressionally established United States Institute of Peace.
Nicholas Warr grew up in Oregon and attended Brigham Young University and the University of Oregon before enlisting, at the age of twenty, in the United States Marine Corps. Warr was recommended for the Enlisted Commissioning Program by his Drill Instructors in Boot Camp, and subsequently attended OCS at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia. Warr graduated from OCS and was commissioned in March 1967.
After attending The Basic School and a six-week high-intensity Vietnamese language training course, his first assignment as an infantry officer sent him to Vietnam from November 1967 until December 1968. He served with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division as a Platoon Commander, Company Executive Officer and Company Commander during some of the toughest fighting in the Vietnam War.
Warr's unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for participation in Operation "HUE CITY" during the Tet Offensive of 1968, and he was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant in March 1970.
Major Hoi B. Tran
June 1953 - April 1975 - Vietnamese Air Force Officer
Graduated from United States Air Force - Air Training Command
Flight Instructor - VNAF Air Training Center, Nha Trang
Fighter Pilot - Flight Leader 2nd Fighter Squadron, Nha Trang
Fighter Pilot - Flight Leader 83rd Special Air Group, Tan Son Nhat
Combat Group Commander - 74th Tactical Wing, Can Tho
Commander - Political Warfare Division - 33rd Tactical Wing, Tan Son Nhat
Airline Pilot - Air Vietnam - Dept. of Transportation-Republic of Vietnam
May 1975 - May 2003
Assistant Director - Demonstration Projects for Asian Americans - State of Washington
Director, Indochinese Service Center - Dept of Emergency Services - State of Washington
Natural Disaster Coordinator - Dept of Emergency Services - State of Washington
Area Manager - Desert Petroleum Inc - Head Office: Oxnard, California
Claims Specialist, Special Investigation Unit - California State Auto Assoc. San Jose, CA
Claims Supervisor, B.I Dept - Insurance Consulting Associates, Inc. Yorba Linda, CA