The 15th lecture in the Vietnam War Commemoration Lecture Series is scheduled for May 9, 2023 at the Riverfront Community in downtown Leavenworth, Kansas (123 S. Esplanade St.). A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., the buffet dinner starts at 6 p.m. and Dr. Willbanks’ presentation will begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $35/person in advance. Tickets are $40/person at the door.
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This 15th lecture of the series features Dr. James H. Willbanks, Professor Emeritus and former General of the Army George C. Marshall Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and decorated Vietnam War Veteran. Willbanks will discuss the events of 1973 in South Vietnam that followed the signing of “The Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam.” Despite the hope that the signing of the peace agreement would end the war, the fighting began anew even before the cease-fire went into effect as U.S. troops departed. The military action that occurred in 1973 essentially constituted a third Indochina War. During the bitter fighting that year, the South Vietnamese fought on alone. This presentation will demonstrate how the South Vietnamese forces fought valiantly in 1973, sustaining the third highest casualties of the war (after 1968 and 1972) before the fighting took a fatal downturn the following year. It will also address several key decisions made in 1973 that contributed to this downturn in 1974 and ultimately to the fall of Saigon in 1975.
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