October 16, 2017
WHAT: U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, a decorated war hero who represents the Third District of Texas, will be recognized with a reception during his visit to the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University this week. Exhibits from the archive will be on display.
WHEN: 10 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 18)
WHERE: McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, 2521 17th St.
MORE: During his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Johnson flew combat missions in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He endured nearly seven years as a prisoner of war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton, including 42 months in solitary confinement. He chronicled his experience in his autobiography, “Captive Warriors,” and in an oral history now housed at the Vietnam Center and Archive, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive collection of information on the Vietnam War.
After his service, Johnson returned home to the Dallas area, where he served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1985 to 1991. He has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1991 and is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means. In that role, he helped to secure federal funding to support the Vietnam Center and Archive.
He has received numerous awards, including two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, one Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts, four Air Medals and three Outstanding Unit Awards. In 2009, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society bestowed upon him its highest civilian accolade, the National Patriot Award, for his tireless work on behalf of the troops, veterans and freedom.
CONTACT: Glenys Young, senior editor, Office of Communications and Marketing, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2136 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Adrienne W. Rimmer, communications director for U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, (202) 225-4201 or email@example.com
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.