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Thursday, April 7
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Danger Forward: The Forgotten Wars of General Paul F. Gorman
August 27, 1966: The men of 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment (1st Infantry Division) were standing strong in the face of enemy fire. For the past thirty-six hours, they had beaten back a relentless wave of enemy assaults. Two days earlier, the Viet Cong had attacked an American patrol along Highway 16 near Bong Trang. The ensuing firefight became so intense that three US infantry battalions were eventually drawn into the melee. History would call it the Battle of Bong Trang.
As the battle raged into its second day, Lieutenant Colonel Paul F. Gorman – the commander of 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry – continued to call for artillery strikes and close air support against the enemy’s positions. Despite being badly burned by a misplaced Napalm strike, Gorman maintained his composure and continued calling for fire support until the enemy quit the field. For his audacious leadership and courage under fire, Gorman was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross – the nation’s second highest award for valor.
A 1950 West Point graduate, Paul Gorman served multiple combat tours in Vietnam and became the principal architect of The Pentagon Papers. In his final assignment, Gorman served as Commander-in-Chief of US Southern Command – during the time of Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada and when the US was actively supporting the Contras in Nicaragua. He retired as a four-star General in 1985.
Author and historian Mike Guardia, presents the life and career of this latter-day hero in Danger Forward: The Forgotten Wars of General Paul F. Gorman.
MEET THE SPEAKER:
Mike Guardia is an ‘Amazon Top 100’ Bestselling Author and military historian. A veteran of the United States Army, he served six years on active duty as an Armor Officer. He is the author of the widely-acclaimed Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always, the first-ever biography chronicling the life of LTG Harold G. Moore, whose battlefield leadership was popularized by the film We Were Soldiers, starring Mel Gibson.
He has twice been nominated for the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Book Award and was named Author of the Year in 2021 by the Military Writers Society of America. He is currently appearing in Season 1 of the History Channel’s series “I Was There.”
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