Award-winning journalist, author to speak at Nicholls

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University invites you to a lecture with award-winning correspondent, Bronze Star recipient and best-selling author Joseph Galloway on campus later this month.

Galloway will discuss his experiences as a civilian journalist during the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War, as well as the ethical dilemmas of being involved in a war. A question-and-answer session will follow his presentation.

“I’ve read his book, and I’m a big fan of the book, so for me it will be great to meet him. But this is also an excellent opportunity for our students to hear directly from someone who has gone through that experience,” said Dr. James Stewart, Nicholls mass communication department head. “This event is an effort of our students, our Veterans and our mass communication department. It’s really great when various segments of the Nicholls community can come together to make something like this happen.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at 1 p.m. on Nov. 30 in the Mary and Al Danos Theater. Angel Flood, an interdisciplinary studies major and veteran from Houma organized the event. Sponsors include the Nicholls Veterans Organization, Student Government Association and Student Programming Association. A reception with hors-d’oeuvres and drinks will be held before the event.

“During my time with the military, I worked with embedded reporters and I couldn’t imagine those reporters putting down their cameras or notepads and picking up a rifle to survive,” said Gilberto Burbante, coordinator for veterans services at Nicholls. “I’m excited to have him at Nicholls and to hear him share his experiences.”

A native of Refugio, Texas, Galloway is an award-winning correspondent, columnist and best-selling author. He spent much of his five decades as a reporter with United Press International, reporting from Kansas City, Tokyo, Vietnam, Jakarta, New Delhi, Singapore, Moscow and Los Angeles.

He co-authored the 1992 best-seller, “We Were Soldiers Once…And Young” with Lt. Gen. Harold Moore. The book was the source material for the 2002 film, “We Were Soldiers.”

Galloway received a Bronze Star in 1998 for recognition of his heroic actions during the 1965 Battle of la Drang. Covering the Vietnam War as a journalist, Galloway risked his own safety to assist wounded soldiers.

Together, Moore and Galloway wrote a sequel in 2008 titled “We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam.”

Galloway has been a recipient of the National Magazine Award in 1991, the New Media Award of the National VFW in 1992, the Robert Denig Award for Exceptional Service of the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Assn. in 2002 and the Tex McCrary Award of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society in 1995.

Galloway has since worked as a special consultant for the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Vietnam War 50th anniversary Commemoration project and served as a consultant on Ken Burns’ 2017 documentary on the Vietnam War.


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