October 6, 2011
Furthering the study of the Vietnam War’s lasting influence on American politics, society and culture, Texas Tech’s Vietnam Center and Archive will host distinguished speakers during a guest lecture series from October 2011 to November 2012.
Admission to all lectures is free and open to the public.
Kara Dixon Vuic– Vuic has published several articles concerning the army’s marriage and motherhood regulations and the recruitment of nurses for the Vietnam War. She recently published the book, “Office, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War.” She speaks at 7 p.m. in the Lanier Auditorium of the Texas Tech School of Law.
Dave Carey – Carey spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi during the Vietnam War. After returning, he held several command positions and earned multiple awards and honors during his service. Carey’s message emphasizes the power of the human spirit to triumph over adversity. The lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in the Allen Theatre of the Student Union Building.
Brig. Gen. Tom Draude – Draude served for more than 30 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including three tours in Vietnam. He later commanded Marine Security Guards in Europe and the Fifth Marine Regiment, and served as the assistant division commander of the First Marine Division during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He received two Distinguished Service medals and 10 personal awards for combat, including two Silver Stars and a Purple Heart.
Dr. Raymond Scurfield – Scurfield is a social work professor at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast and an expert in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He served as an army officer on a psychiatric team in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 and spent three decades working with combat veterans. Scurfield is the author of numerous books and articles on the effects of PTSD.
Dick Rutan – Rutan served in the air force during Vietnam, flying more than 325 combat missions. Following his time in the military, he continued his aviation career, earned many honors, broke many world records and was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. In 1986, he was the first person to fly nonstop around the globe without refueling. He received the Presidential Citizen's Medal of Honor, and his plane “Voyager” now hangs in the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum.
Rocky Bleier– Leaving the NFL for the U.S. Army, Bleier served in Vietnam with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. Wounded when his platoon was ambushed, doctors told Bleier he would never play football again. With the support of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney, his coach and teammates, Bleier eventually became a star running back for the Steelers during their four Super Bowl wins in the 1970s.
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.