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Paul Hendrickson

Paul Hendrickson is an author, journalist, and educator. He is a senior lecturer in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a former member of the writing staff at the Washington Post. Hendrickson is the author of two books, The Living and The Dead and Sons of Mississippi. Hendrickson attended St. Louis University for his Bachelor's degree in English, and Pennsylvania State University for his Master's degree in English.

Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer is an author at the New York Times who wrote the book "Keeping Faith" with his son. The book speaks about their father and son relationship during the U.S Marine Corps. He is now a film director in Hollywood and he still continues to write books about life in evangelical households.

Raul Torres

Raul Torres is an educator and former principal of Thomas A. Edison High School in Northeast Philadelphia from 1985-1998. Thomas A. Edison High School had the highest casualty rate, during the Vietnam War, of any high school in the United States; a fact confirmed by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (non-profit that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Wall, in Washington, DC. ) and has been recognized by local, state and federal government officials.   64 Edison students died in the war and they are forever remembered as "EDISON 64."  Raul Torres' brother, Robert Torres-Army Sgt.. is one of the 64.  Those who died and served were predominantly African-American and came from a tough neighborhood filled with gangs At the time of  the Vietnam War, the high school was an all boys school.  The original building is no more, but since those days, through today, the school has memorialized those students with a wall in the main lobby of the school that includes the listing of all 64 who paid the highest price with their lives.  The first wall was built in the old school in the 1960's and continues today in a new school at another location.  The school and Philadelphia is very proud of these former students who came from a very tough environment and chose service to their nation as stepping stone and or choice to change their lives for the better.  The "EDISON 64" will forever hold a place of stature to those times in American known as the 1960's.

Joseph Lee Galloway

Joseph Lee Gallaway is a veteran war correspondent and author. In his writing, Galloway covered conflicts all across the world, including the Vietnam War, the first Persian Gulf War, and the Iraq War. He is the co-author of the Vietnam War book We Were Soldiers Once... and Young, which was later adapted into a movie, We Were Soldiers.

David Hume Kennerly

David Hume Kennerly is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and photojournalist. His portfolio includes photographs taken of the Vietnam War, Cambodia, East Pakistani refugees near Calcutta, and the Ali-Frazier fight in Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971. Kennerly photographed every American president since Richard Nixon.

Diane Carlson Evans

Diane Carlson Evans served as a nurse during the Vietnam War in the United States Army. Before joining the Army as a nurse, Evans graduated from nursing school in Minnesota. She was the major contributor to the creation of the Vietnam Women's Memorial.

Bernardine Rae Dohrn

Bernardine Rae Dohrn is a former leader of the Weather Underground, a group known for bombings on the United States Capitol. Dohrn has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Currently, she is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Paul Critchlow

Paul Critchlow is a Vietnam veteran with years of experience in government, finance, and journalism.  Critchlow retired from the Bank of America as the head of communications and public affairs. Previously, he served as the chief political writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and then as press secretary to Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh. Critchlow has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha and a Master's degree from Columbia University.  Paul Critchlow served in Vietnam and he considers this experience the watershed event in his life.  

Rev. Dr. Frank Forrester Church

Rev. Dr. Frank Forrester Church IV (1948 - 2009) was a minister, theologian, and author. He eventually became a prominent advocate of Universalism. He wrote 25 books, most of which were about religion in his life. Church was a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Divinity School. He earned a Ph.D. in Early Church History from Harvard University.

Peter Coyote

Peter Coyote is an author, actor, director, screenwriter, and activist. Coyote is also a narrator for his own films and for a plethora of other events including the 2002 Winter Olympics and various Historic films. He graduated from Grinnell College…

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