Colorado State University - Pueblo speaker series features Medal of Honor recipient

Colorado State University - Pueblo speaker series features Medal of Honor recipient

PUEBLO – The 2013-2014 Distinguished Speakers Series at Colorado State University-Pueblo closes out its Fall Semester schedule with Medal of Honor recipient Roger Donlon. Donlon will speak at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In the early hours of July 6, 1964, Captain Roger Donlon heroically led the defense of the Special Forces camp at Nam Dong against a reinforced Battalion of Viet Cong. In so doing, he became not only the first winner of the Medal of Honor of the Vietnam War, but also the first Special Forces recipient of America’s highest award for bravery. His autobiography, Beyond Nam Dong, covers his 30 years in the Army as well as details of his return to Vietnam as a civilian, almost 20 years after his A-camp was attacked.

Captain Roger Donlon

Born in Saugerties, N.Y., the eighth of 10 children, Donlon attended the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University for a year. He joined the United States Air Force in 1953 and was admitted to West Point in 1955, but resigned for personal reasons. He re-enlisted in the Army in 1958, went to Officer Candidate School, and served as a General’s aide before joining the Special Forces in 1963. He retired at the rank of Colonel and now lives in Kansas with his wife, Norma, and children.

The Distinguished Speakers Series features eminent national or international speakers who contribute to current thought in social or political activities, in the arts and sciences, or other realm of contemporary significance by individuals who have distinguished themselves in their fields.  The series is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, the Student Fee Governing Board, the Associated Students’ Government, and the Diversity Resource Center. The series continues with two speakers in the Spring 2014 Semester, social/political comedian W. Kamau Bell on Jan. 22 and retired CIA Agent Tony Mendez on Feb. 26.

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