"In Vietnam, Radio Was My Lifeline", with David Van Wye
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center welcomes author David Van Wye
to its virtual First Thursday Speaker Series
Local Chatham author David R. Van Wye draws upon his personal experiences for “In Vietnam, Radio Was My Lifeline” as The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center continues its First Thursday Speaker Series. As a U.S. Army infantry officer during the Vietnam War, Van Wye served as a military advisor to local village/hamlet forces and a South Vietnamese infantry battalion in 1970 and 1971. He earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Honor Medal First Class. For the infantry, the ubiquitous field radio was critical to all operations and essential to a soldier’s survival in a combat zone. Van Wye’s presentation centers on its capabilities, operating procedures and effective use in tactical situations.
Following a career in public service and after raising a family with his wife Elizabeth, he re-examined his involvement in Vietnam. He has written two historical novels based upon his experiences, 'Saving Ben Tre" and "Vietnam Blues", that convey an authentic, historically accurate picture of what the war was like for both the Vietnamese and the U.S. soldiers who put their lives on the line for their country.