Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Exploring, Researching Vietnam War Leads To Relevant Speaker, Philanthropy

KINGSVILLE - November 06, 2007

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Veteran to share Vietnam memories

The Writing 0300 classes at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host a guest speaker Friday, Nov. 9, and the public is invited to attend. Retired Army Major John R. McCormick, will speak at 2 p.m. in room 100 of the Biology Earth Sciences Building at the intersection of University Boulevard and Engineering Avenue. McCormick will talk about his recollections of his time in Vietnam and take questions from the audience.

This semester, the Writing 0300 classes have been researching, exploring and writing about the Vietnam War discovering the vast intertwined history. This study lead the group to choose as their civic engagement project, a fundraiser for the USS Lexington Museum in Corpus Christi and the guest speaker who is a volunteer librarian aboard ship. The students took collections in a booth set up in the Memorial Student Union Building with a goal to raise $2,000 or $10 per student.

Currently, McCormick also lectures about the history of the ship all over the world. He was troop commander of McCormick’s Raiders in Vietnam in 1966-67 and was operations officer, air mission commander for Special Operations Control Center near the Cambodian Border in Vietnam in 1971-72.

He received two Army Commendation Medals, two Bronze Stars, 10 Air Medals (two for valor), the Legion of Merit, the George Washington Honor Medal and the Cold War Medal.

McCormick graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and he earned master’s degrees from Columbia University and Texas A&I University in Corpus Christi. He also is a graduate of the French Intensive Language Institute at Southwest Texas University.

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