Dr. William Lloyd Stearman
Stearman 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 participated 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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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.
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.
Bill Laurie was born and raised in Waukegan, 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 the 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.
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