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Board of Visitors Continues to Expand
National Vietnam War Museum is pleased to announce author James Webb
has joined its Board of Visitors.
Board of Visitors is a group that provides advice to the Board of Directors
and consists of influential persons from various walks of life. Members
include Congressman Sam Johnson, who represents Texas Third Congressional
District; Mr. Adrian Cronauer, a prominent Washington attorney and former
USAF disk jockey of Good Morning Vietnam fame; Mr. Magne Hagen, who
recently retired as the long-time personal Secretary to the King of
Norway; and Mr. Jim Young, a Korean War veteran and immediate Past President
of the American Legion, Department of Texas.
H. Webb, Jr., is a US Naval Academy graduate, USMC Vietnam veteran,
best-selling author, and former Secretary of the Navy, to name but a
few of his accomplishments. Mr. Webb comes from a family with a strong
citizen-soldier military tradition that predates the Revolutionary War.
Family members have served during the Revolutionary War, War of 1812,
the Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War Two, Korea,
Vietnam, and the Gulf War. Growing up as an Air Force brat,
it was inevitable that Mr. Webb would continue this tradition.
attending the University of Southern California on an NROTC academic
scholarship, Mr. Webb received an appointment to the Naval Academy,
graduating in 1968 and choosing a commission in the Marine Corps. While
at the Academy, he was a four-year member of the Honor Committee, a
varsity boxer, and received a Superintendents Commendation for
outstanding leadership contributions. After commissioning, Mr. Webb
graduated first in his class at the Marine Corps Officers Basic
School in Quantico, Virginia.
Vietnam, Mr. Webb served as a rifle platoon leader and company commander
with the Fifth Marine Regiment, and was awarded the Navy Cross, Silver
Star, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts. Following Vietnam, he
served as a platoon commander and as an instructor in tactics and weapons
at Marine Officer Candidates School, and as a member of the Secretary
of the Navys immediate staff.
leaving the Marine Corps in 1972, Mr. Webb attended Georgetown University
Law School, receiving his Juris Doctorate in 1975. While at Georgetown,
he won the Horan prize for excellence in legal work, began a six-year,
pro bono representation of a Marine who had been convicted of war crimes
in Vietnam (clearing the man in 1978), and authored his first book,
Micronesia and U. S. Pacific Strategy. He also worked as a consultant
to the Governor of Guam.
Webb has written six best-selling novels, taught literature at the Naval
Academy, traveled worldwide as a journalist, and won an Emmy Award for
his PBS coverage of the U.S. Marines in Beirut. He served as counsel
to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Assistant Secretary of Defense
for Reserve Affairs, and Secretary of the Navy. He has received numerous
awards for community service and professional excellence, and travels
extensively as a journalist, business consultant, and screenwriter-producer.
Three of his novels have been purchased for film projects, including
Rules of Engagement, which starred Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.
National Vietnam War Museum welcomes Mr. Webb to the Board of Visitors
and is looking forward to a long and mutually supportive relationship.
National Vietnam War Museum is an IRS 501(c) (3) organization incorporated
in the State of Texas. For more information about the museum and its
activities, contact them at P. O. Box 146, Mineral Wells, TX 76068,
or on line at www.nationalvnwarmuseum.org.
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