May 11, 2011
Thieman was a nurse during the Vietnam War and helped rescue 300 Vietnamese babies from South Vietnam.
Nationally acclaimed professional speaker LeAnn Thieman will share the story of her involvement in the Vietnam Orphan Airlift as part of a guest lecture series presented by Texas Tech’s Vietnam Center and Archive. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. May 12 in the Lanier Auditorium of the Texas Tech School of Law.
Thieman was a nurse during the Vietnam War and helped rescue 300 Vietnamese babies from South Vietnam before it fell to communist troops. Her book, “This Must Be My Brother,” details her involvement in the airlift.
After the story was featured in “Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul,” Thieman became a regular contributor to several books in the “Chicken Soup” series. Her devotion to 30 years of nursing made her an ideal co-author of “Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul.”
Thieman is one of very few to have earned the Certified Speaking Professional title, and she was inducted to the Speaker Hall of Fame in 2008.
Thieman’s lecture will discuss the lessons learned from her airlift experience. She encourages her audience to balance their lives and truly live their priorities.
Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public.
Founded in 1989, the Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive houses the largest collection
of materials related to the Vietnam conflict outside of the U.S. National Archives.
Its mission is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects
of the American Vietnam experience.
In 2017, the archive was renamed the Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive to honor U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, a former prisoner of war who worked as an advocate for troops and veterans following his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force.
The mission of the Archive of Modern American Warfare is to encourage, promote, support and enhance the long term study and preservation of all aspects of America's diplomatic and military experiences and involvements on a global scale, beginning in 1975 and continuing to the present. Through this, the Archive strives to help researchers develop a better understanding of America’s modern military experiences.