June 13 - June 14, 2013 in Victoria, TX

Dr. Robert Buzzanco

Professor of History at the University of Houston

Presentation: "F.T.A. or Free the Army: Dissent inside the Military"

Dr. Buzzanco has been studying and writing about the Vietnam War for a over a quarter century.  He  is the author of, among others, Masters of War: Military Politics and Dissent in the Vietnam Era, for which he won the Stuart Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and Vietnam and the Transformation of American Life.  He also co-edited The Blackwell Companion to the Vietnam War, and has written numerous articles and reviews about the war.  He is currently writing a book on the economic consequences of the Vietnam War.


Dr. Scott Catino

Adjunct Professor of Graduate Military Studies

Presentation: "Ho Chi Minh: America's Most Capable Foe"

Dr. Scott Catino is a senior adviser and a specialist in U.S. foreign and security policy. He served in the United States, Iraq, and Afghanistan in various intelligence, supervisory, and advising posts for the US Army.  In Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served from 2009-2010 as the Deputy Team Leader and Lead Social Scientist of the Human Terrain Analysis Team at Multi-National Division-South, Basra Iraq.  In Operation Enduring Freedom he worked in 2011 as the acting Senior Intelligence Officer for a Defense Intelligence Agency unit at Camp Julien, Kabul, Afghanistan. During that spring he embedded with a platoon of the 34th Infantry Division while conducting counterinsurgency operations in Kabul province, and was subsequently awarded the Global War on Terrorism service medal.  In 2012 Dr. Catino served as a senior intelligence analyst in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Dr. Catino is also a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and adjunct professor of graduate military studies at American Military University, where he teaches courses on military strategy, military leadership, and insurgencies.    


Larry Chilcoat

Board of Directors, JBMF - www.jbmf.us

Larry Chilcoat fought to change policy concerning war dogs and then fought for a memorial in their honor.

Next year Chilcoat will be involved as a liaison for the construction of a national monument honoring all military working dogs on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. This will be the first time in our nations history that an animal has been elevated to national monument status by law. President George W. Bush signed legislation authorizing the monument in 2008.


Chilcoat graduated from Victoria High School in 1966 and attended Victoria College. He joined the Air Force in 1967 and was trained as a sentry dog handler. He was sent to Vietnam in 1969. He has promoted the military working dogs service to our country for nearly 20 years. Chilcoat has always felt that they deserved recognition for their devotion and sacrifice. He is currently on the Board Of Directors for the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument project. This national treasure will be built later in 2013 to recognize the heroism and sacrifice of military working dogs since WWII.


Dr. Kelly Crager

Head of the Oral History Project at Texas Tech University's Vietnam Center and Archive

Presentation: "The Vietnam War: An Oral History Primer"

Dr. Crager is the Head of the Oral History Project at the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University. Crager earned his PhD from the University of North Texas in 2005 and from 2005-2008 he taught courses in U.S. military history and the history of U.S. foreign relations in the History Department of Texas A&M University. As head of the Oral History Project, Crager is responsible for planning and coordinating all aspects of the project, including outreach, interviewing, internal processing, and project development. Crager has authored numerous works on military history and oral history, including his 2008 book Hell under the Rising Sun: Texan POWs and the Building of the Burma-Thailand “Death Railway.”

Dr. David Devereaux

Associate Professor and History Department Chair at Canisius College

Presentation: "Britain, SEATO and the Threat of a Regional War in Laos, 1960-63"

Dr. David R. Devereux is Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at Canisius College, Buffalo New York.  He did his PhD at King’s College in the University of London on the formulation of British defense policy in the Middle East, 1948-56 that later was revised for a book published by St. Martin’s Press.  More recently he has published on the Sino-Indian War of 1962.  His paper comes from a broader interest in the differing Anglo-American perspectives on the Cold war in East Asia between 1959 and 1968.

Mike Hankins

Presentation: "Orchestrated Confusion: Air Doctrine and Design Shifts Embodied by the F-4 Phantom"

Mike Hankins is a masters candidate at the University of North Texas. His current research
focuses on air-to-air combat and airpower doctrine during the Vietnam War. He has presented a paper entitled “The Evolution of Precision Bombing: Unintended Civilian Casualties from Vietnam to the War on Terror,” at the University of Virginia History Conference. This paper examined the development of precision bombing technology and traces the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and they ways these systems impacted collateral damage in various wars in the twentieth century. He is scheduled to present “Border Security Through Public Relations: Cicero's Battle for Hearts and Minds in Cilicia,” at the University of North Texas Phi Alpha Theta Conference in March 2013, which examines Marcus Tullius Cicero's actions as a military commander in the late Roman Republic. He has also contributed five articles to ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of Conflict in Greece & Rome, to be published in 2015. In addition to these achievements, he is also a professional jazz bass player.

Dr. Chris Hickman

Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Florida.

Presentation "From the Bench and Beyond: Warren Court Justices and the Contours of Dissent in the Vietnam Era"

Dr. Hickman earned his PhD from The George Washington University. His dissertation, "The Most Dangerous Branch: The Supreme Court and its Critics during the Warren Court Era" chronicles the importance of the Court's varied critics to the political, intellectual and cultural battles of the Long Sixties and the extent to which those battles proved seminal in explaining the judicial shouting matches that have persisted since that era.

Dr. Jim Kearney

Presentation: "Dustoff: The Origins and Use of Helicopter Ambulances in Vietnam"

Dr. Kearney attended the University of Texas and graduated with a double major in History and German in 1969. He served in the Army as a combat medic in Vietnam, where he was awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star with V, Air Medal with V and the Distinguished Flying Cross with V. Dr. Kearney received his PhD in Germanic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

In 2009 Dr. Kearney published a book entitled: Nassau Plantation, the Evolution of a Texas Slave Plantation. Kearney has another book forthcoming to be released in May 2012. It is entitled Friedrichsburg: The Colony of the German Fuerstenverin. This book is an annotated and illustrated translation of a novel by Friedrich Armand Strubberg, which uses the foundation years of the German town of Fredericksburg (1846, 1847) as the historical backdrop for an old-fashioned melodrama. Kearney is also collaborating with Geir Bentzen on an annotated translation of Detlev Dunt’s Reise nach Texas (1834), the first book published in Germany about Texas. He is also collaborating with Dr. James Smallwood on a book about the feud in Colorado County and will be contributing a chapter on European immigration in Texas to a college textbook entitled Writing Texas History.

Dr. Lee March

Dean of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Young Harris College

Presentation: "Going to War in Korea and Vietnam: The Decisions of Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson"

Dr. B. Lee March (Ph.D. Missouri, 1993) is the John H. Harland Professor of Political Science at Young Harris College. Dr. March also serves as the Dean of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The author of If You Ain’t Cav: The Third Squadron, Fifth Cavalry in Vietnam (Jona Books, 2006), Dr. March is a frequent traveler to Vietnam.

Amy Mondt

Collection Development Archivist for the Vietnam Center and Archive

Presentation: "Bringing the Vietnam War to the Classroom: The Vietnam Archive as a Teacher's Resource"

Amy Mondt handles donor relations, manages the Archive's processing of collections, and helps with developing outreach programs. Prior to holding her current position she was the Archive's Reference Archivist. She worked with the Archive's patrons to help them access the materials they need for their research, developed subject guides, online exhibits, and other items to highlight and increase access to the Archive's materials. Amy graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology in 1997 and a Master of Arts degree in Museum Science in 2000. In 2007, she became a Certified Archivist.

Thomas Evan Richardson

Presentation: "Phoenix and Acorns: Anti-Infrastructure Operations in Phuoc Tuy, 1966-1972"

Tom Richardson is currently completing his PhD on pacification in Phuoc Tuy province at the University of New South Wales. He previously attended Monash University and was a summer scholar at the Australian War Memorial in 2010. He has had reviews published in both Wartime and the Australian Army Journal.

Dr. Dennis Riedesel

Museum of the Coastal Bend, Interim Education Coordinator UHV, Retired Adjunct Professor

Dr. Riedesel served in the Naval Reserve and was on active duty during the Vietnam Conflict. He is author of the book, Isaac Hamilton: Surviving Amidst the Texas Revolution. Dr. Riedesel was also involved in several historical documentary and production projects pertaining to the Alamo. He worked as an Associate Professor at UH-Victoria until retirement. He is Interim Museum Educational Coordinator at the Museum of Coastal Bend.

Mervyn Roberts

Presentation: "United States Psychological Operations in Support of Counterinsurgency: Vietnam, 1960 To 1965"

Mervyn Roberts is a PhD student in History at the University of North Texas focusing on Psychological Operations in the Vietnam War. He completed his Master's in 2010, writing the thesis titled United States Psychological Operations in Support of Counterinsurgency: Vietnam, 1960 to 1965. His dissertation will cover the period up to 1972. Additionally, he is a Farsi linguist with two tours of Afghanistan conducting Psychological Operations in support of the Combined-Joint Special Operations Task Force. Mervyn has written for Special Warfare, the journal of Army Special Operations forces and most recently an article entitled "Analysis of Radio Propaganda in the 1953 Iran Coup," in the November 2012 issue of Iranian Studies.

Colonel Dave Taylor

Colonel, Special Forces (USAR- Ret), Author/Historian/Publisher

Colonel David Taylor, Special Forces Branch, 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. He is Airborne, Ranger and Special Forces qualified. Prior to retirement he commanded the US Army Reserve Augmentation to the Atlantic Command, during which his unit was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Colonel Taylor 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.

Awards & Decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Two Purple Hearts, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Two Army Meritorious Service Medals.

Jeff Schultz

Presentation: "Last Stand of the Archers: Keys to Xuan Loc, April 1975"

Schultz teaches history and political science courses to undergraduates at Luzerne County Community College, in addition to U.S. history survey (I+II). Jeff also teaches history electives such as World War II and Vietnam. Schultz earned an M.A. in history from Central Michigan University in 2000.