June 13 - June 14, 2013 in Victoria, TX

Photo by Ron Cogswell

About the Conference

The Vietnam Experience Conference will bring together scholars, educators, and veterans to discuss many angles of the Vietnam Era. Participants will discuss a range of topics, from military tactics to dissent on the homefront. In addition to thematic panels, the conference will include luncheon presentations, a dinner program and a keynote address by distinguished military veteran and author, Colonel David Taylor.

Throughout the conference, sponsors will be collecting oral histories from Vietnam veterans
who are interested in sharing their stories.

The public is welcome to attend, and teachers can earn continuing education credits for participating.

Keynote Speaker, Colonel David Taylor
"Our War: An Infantry Battalion's Sacrifice in the Vietnam War"
Friday, June 14, 2013,
Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts

Colonel Taylor, Special Forces Branch, is an author, military historian and publisher. His book, Our War about his infantry battalion in the Vietnam War was published in 2011 and is now in its second printing. He has authored articles about military history in national publications. He served four years on active duty, including combat in Vietnam where he was wounded twice, and twenty-two years in the Army Reserve in special operations and counter-terrorism.

Colonel Dave Taylor

Dinner Speaker
Larry Chilcoat
June 13, 2013 6:00-8:00pm

Chilcoat is a Vietnam Air Force Veteran who served as a sentry dog handler. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument project, authorized by President Bush in 2008.


Luncheon Speaker
Dr. Dennis Riedesel
June 14, 2013 12:00-2:00pm

Dr. Riedesel is a Naval Reserve veteran who served on active duty during the Vietnam Conflict. He was an Associate Professor at UH-Victoria and is Interim Educational Coordinator for Museum of the Coastal Bend.