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"Westmoreland's War: Reassessing American Strategy in Vietnam" with Colonel Gregory A. Daddis

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, Program Room


A West Point history professor whose latest book is based in part on materials from the University of South Carolina Libraries will give a talk and sign copies of the book at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 24 at Hollings Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Colonel Gregory A. Daddis, shown at left, is Academy Professor of History at the United States Military Academy, West Point, and a Colonel in the United States Army. A West Point graduate, he has served in numerous army command and staff positions in the United States and overseas and is a veteran of both Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He is the author of Westmoreland’s War: Reassessing American Strategy in Vietnam, published in January 2014 by Oxford University Press. He is also the author of the 2011 book, No Sure Victory: Measuring U.S. Army Effectiveness and Progress in the Vietnam War.

Daddis has spent hours in South Caroliniana Library reviewing the General William Childs Westmoreland Papers. The collection at USC includes 70-plus boxes and scrapbooks, totaling more than 150,000 documents covering almost all of Westmoreland’s 91 years of life. It has been called one of the most important collections from 20th century America, given the impact the Vietnam War had on the country.

“Part of the materials were housed at West Point and came here at the family’s request,” said Henry Fulmer, Director of the South Caroliniana Library. “It is regularly used by scholarly researchers from across the country.”

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