Dr. Tôn Thát Thiên
Dr. Tôn Thát Thiên is a South Vietnamese nationalist who has been in the unique position of serving and working closely with three historic leaders of post-World War II Vietnam: President Ho Chi Minh in the Viet Minh during 1945-1946, Bao Dai 1954 and President Ngo Dinh Diem 1954-1959 & 1963.
From 1945 to 1975 Thiên was an active participant and a witness to almost all of the major historic events in Vietnam: the 1945 August Revolution, the establishment of the communist government of North Vietnam, the 1954 Geneva Conference, the division of Vietnam and the birth of the State of South Vietnam, the Geneva Conference on Laos in 1961 and 1962, the 1963 coup d'état against Ngo Dinh Diem, the 1968 Tet Offensive in Hué and the April 1975 Fall of Saigon.
He knew or met virtually all of the top leadership among the North Vietnamese, South Vietnamese and American political and military personnel, as well as most foreign journalists who covered the war.
In 1968 he served as Minister of Information in the South Vietnamese government. His reformist efforts allowing an uncensored media led to the Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts in the same year.
Thién earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics at the London School of Economics and a Master's degree and Doctorate in Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.
In 1975 Thiên left Vietnam for Paris. Eventually he emigrated to Canada where he worked as a professor of linguisitics at Universite de TroisRivières, Quêbec for the remainder of his active career. During his academic career he travelled extensively to academic conferences in Europe, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, China, the USSR, and Australia. He also served as a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, and a senior visiting fellow at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Dr. Lewis Sorley Ph.D.
US Military Academy, BS. Univ Penn, MA. Penn State University, MPA. Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D. Graduate of the Naval Command & Staff Course and of the Army War College. Attended Harvard University’s Executive Program in National and International Security.
Vietnam Service: AUG-DEC 1966: Operations Plans Officer in Headquarters, I Field Force, Vietnam, in Nha Trang.
DEC 1966-AUG 1967: XO of 1st Tank Battalion, 69th Armor, operating in the Central Highlands vicinity of Pleiku.
Awarded Legion of Merit and 3 Air Medals, plus sharing in a Meritorious Unit Award (to I Field Force, Vietnam) and (from the South Vietnamese) a Cross of Gallantry with Palm (awarded to elements of the 25th Infantry Division, including the tank battalion in which he had served).
Assistant Secretary of the General Staff, Office of the Chief of Staff, '67-'70. CO, 2nd Tank Battalion, 37th Armor, Erlangen, Germany, ’71-’72.
Staff & Faculty, US Army War College, ’73-’75. Senior Military Assistant, Office of Net Assessment, Office of the Secretary of Defense, ’75-’76.
Lt. Col., retired. Central Intelligence Agency, ’76-’83. Author, ’83-present.
Retired Army, Retired CIA, semi-retired writer.
MBA (Harvard Business School '73)
U.S. Army, 1st Lieutenant, served in Vietnam 1967-68 with 5th Special Forces Group as a Civil Affairs/Psychological Operations Officer.
Director of both RADIX Press and RADIX Foundation
Author/Editor of numerous books and CD's including Who's Who from MACVSOG, Who's Who from White Star, II CTZ Mobile Strike Force, Official Lite History and Cookbook of the Gulf War, Glints of a Shining World (A Gerald Cannon Hickey Reader), and others to be found at www.specialforcesbooks.com
Published a CD version of the Foreign Relations of the United States 1946-1976 (containing all volumes related to the Vietnam War)
Degrees from The Citadel (B.A. in History in 1968) and California State University (the long Beach campus--M.A. in History in 1973).
Served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam with the 199th Lt. Inf. Brigade 1969-70. Highest rank, 1st Lt. (Infantry). Got the usual Vietnam service and campaign medals, three Bronze Stars (one was notable, for valor), an ARCOM and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Currently a lecturer of history in the Social and International Studies Dept. at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, GA. At the school every semester I teach a class I constructed on the Vietnam Era (guest speakers have included several of the people involved in VVFH as well as Vietnamese refugees), and volunteer with the school's Military Task Force trying to help veteran students making the transition from soldier to scholar.
Outside the school, I have been a VFW member for about 20 years, and joined the Atlanta Vietnam Veteran Business Association about six years ago.
Two years ago I joined the Society of Military History.
I volunteer with the Atlanta History Center, notably doing interviews for the Library of Congress' Veterans' Oral History Project.
Books--or book, singular. In 1993 I self-published "The Two-Dollar Bill" (Palmetto Bookworks). It is a factual relation of my year with the 199th in Vietnam with all the names changed; and as you might surmise, I changed the unit to the 200th Brigade.
Dr. Geoffrey DT Shaw Ph.D.
Geoffrey D.T. Shaw earned his PhD in History at the University of Manitoba, a Master of Arts in Military History at the University of Victoria (joint program with Royal Roades Military College) and his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Studies at the University of Manitoba.
Dr. Shaw is currently a professor for American Public University System.He has been a Senior Defense Analyst for Advanced Strategic Initiatives.