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K-State Today

November 5, 2014

Manhattan veterans to share stories of Vietnam War Nov. 11

Submitted by Briana S. Goff

The Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families at K-State is partnering with Manhattan Public Library and the Flint Hills Veterans Coalition to provide a panel discussion by Vietnam veterans from 4-5:30 p.m. Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, at the Wareham Opera House, 410 Poyntz Ave.

There will be a great group of distinguished Manhattan community members who have agreed to share their experiences and reflections of serving their country during that difficult time in that difficult war. The following is a list of the participants:

  • Moderator: Mike Kearns, JAG lawyer and former Riley County commissioner
  • Ron Trewyn, assistant to K-State President Kirk Schultz and NBAF liaison
  • Beryl Adams, American Red Cross who served at Danang Hospital
  • Mike McDermott, served four tours of duty in Vietnam and author of "True Faith and Allegiance: An American Paratrooper and the 1972 battle for An Loc"
  • Chuck Murphy, medic and former Riley County Health Department administrator
  • Rich Wartell, KMAN radio general manager
  • Orris Kelly, retired chief of chaplains of U.S. Army

Thank a Veteran postcards — mailed to Operation Gratitude — and displays at the Manhattan Public Library will be available throughout November. Additional Veterans Day celebration events include:

Nov. 9: Film screening
At 2 p.m. there will be a screening of "Good Morning, Vietnam" at Manhattan Public Library

Nov. 11: Veterans Day
At 9:30 a.m. there will be the Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Manhattan
At 4 p.m. the Vietnam Veterans discussion will be at the Wareham Opera House

Nov. 13: Books and brew
At. 6 p.m. there will be a book discussion of "The Things They Carried" at Little Apple Brewery. Appetizers will be provided.

Nov. 20: Book discussion
At 7 p.m. Kim Stanley from the Kansas Humanities Council will lead a second book discussion about "The Things They Carried" at Manhattan Public Library.