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NARA Panel Discussion

Tet Offensive, "Staying The Course" Book Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Army Center of Military History co-hosted a panel discussion with the National Archives Museum commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam and the release of a new book about Vietnam: Staying the Course, October 1967 to September 1968, by Army Historian Dr. Erik B. Villard, Thursday, Jan. 25, in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives Museum.

Keynote remarks were made by The Honorable Chuck Hagel, 24th Secretary of Defense. Panelists included Villard; Merle L. Pribbenow II, Author of Victory in Vietnam; and Gregory Daddis, Associate Professor of History, Chapman University.

Dr. Eric Villard

Dr. Erik Villard

The panel explored the twelve-month period when the Viet Cong and their North Vietnamese allies embarked on a new and more aggressive strategy that shook the foundations of South Vietnam and forced the United States to reevaluate its military calculations in Southeast Asia. The allied situation at the end of this period appeared to be only marginally better than it had been in late 1967; the peace talks in Paris had stalled, and American public opinion had turned decisively against the war.

A book signing of Combat Operations: Staying the Course, October 1967 to September 1968, followed the program. Books will be available for purchase at the event from the National Archives retail store.

For additional information about the history of Vietnam please visit website at www.history.army.mil. To learn more regarding this CMH publication click here.

F. Lee Reynolds
Strategic Communications Officer
U.S. Army Center of Military History
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