Sol Sanders

Photo of Sol SandersSol Sanders is an award winning journalist who worked in Asia for more than 25 years. He has been a correspondent for major national publications, including Business Week, McGraw-Hill World News, United Press International and US News & World Report. From 1957 to 1971, he reported on the Vietnam War and roamed all over Asia to gather information for his stories. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri and attended Columbia and the Sorbornne in Paris for graduate work. He speaks English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese. He writes weekly columns for World Tribune and East-Asia-Intel.com. He has written articles for the Washington Times since 1987.

He currently writes regularly on Asian and world affairs on his own website.

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Dr. William Lloyd Stearman

Photo of Bill StearmanStearman was born on June 22, 1922 in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Lloyd Stearman, the founder of Stearman Aircraft. After graduating from high school, he attended the Navy's V-12 officer training program and then particpated in nine amphibious landings in the Pacific Philippines and Borneo campaigns toward the end of World War II (1944-1945). He was one of the youngest officers to be given command of a ship when he commanded an LSM.

After the war, he attended U C Berkeley, where he earned a Bachelors Degree. Then he attended the University of Geneva's Graduate Institute of International Studies, where he earned his MA and Ph.D. He is also a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College.

Upon earning his Ph.D., he joined the U.S. Foreign Service and was posted to Vienna, Berlin, Bonn and Vietnam. He subsequently served on the National Security Council Staff for seventeen years under four Presidents; Nixon, Ford, Reagan and George H. W. Bush. From January 1973 to January 1976 he was the most senior official involved with Vietnam, reporting directly to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. While Carter was President, he was an adjunct professor and the Director of the Graduate Russian Studies program. He is considered an expert in Vietnam and International Affairs. He retired as a Senior Foreign Service Officer with the title of Councilor, the equivalent of an Admiral in the US Navy.

In 2012, he wrote his memoir, An American Adventure: From Early Aviation Through Three Wars, to the White House, which has been described as "a fascinating accounting of his own remarkable life and the tumultuous times in which he lived."

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Bill Laurie

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.

George J. Veith

Photograph of George VeithGeorge 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.

Nicholas Warr

Photograph of Nicholas WarrNicholas 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.