Next week, Cowetans will have the opportunity to meet history face to face when Vietnam War correspondent Joe Galloway speaks at Newnan High School.
A few years ago, there was a realization across America that we were losing our World War II veterans. There are far fewer of them today than just a few years ago, and now we are recognizing that our Vietnam era heroes are also being lost to us.
Galloway is coming to Newnan High to speak at 6 p.m. Tuesday about his experiences during the Battle of Ia Drang. Galloway is the only civilian recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for heroism during the Vietnam War, for carrying a badly wounded U.S. soldier to safety under heavy enemy fire.
Galloway’s experiences were the basis for the award-winning film, “We Were Soldiers.”
During the past seven years, Galloway has served as a special consultant on the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration project for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, interviewing more than 750 Vietnam veterans and recording their stories.
Those Americans who serve in the military stand in the breach for all of us and deserve our appreciation – and our attention. Galloway was with a cadre of them and tells the story of that time as only he can.
The History Speaker Series is sponsored by Newnan High School’s history and social studies departments. Prior to Galloway’s presentation, there will be a performance by the Tunnel Rats Band, which raises awareness about issues facing veterans.
We applaud those at Newnan High who make the History Speaker Series happen, and we welcome Joe Galloway to Newnan and thank him for what he has done and is doing.