Military heroes will speak at USD’s Korean War Conference

Military heroes will speak at USD's Korean War Conference Col. George E. "Bud" Day and The Honorable J. Robert Kerrey will address issues of citizenship, leadership, and character with members of the "Korean War Generation" on Monday, Sept. 24, in Slagle Auditorium at the campus of The University of South Dakota. The Korean War Conference, hosted by the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership and the USD Office of Research and Graduate Education, is titled: "Citizenship, Leadership, and Character: The Korean War Generation, Then and Now."

Featuring Col. Day, currently a trial attorney, and Kerrey, currently president of the New School University in New York City, the conference will include two major addresses and two panel discussions in Slagle Hall Auditorium.

Col. Day, (USD LLB, '49, JD '74) one of the nation's most highly decorated officers, will speak at 1 p.m. on "A Comparison of the Korean War and World War II."

Kerrey, who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor, America's highest military honor, will speak at 7 p.m. on "The Korean War: Was It Worth The Price?" Prior to Kerrey's speech, The Singing Legionnaires of the Sioux Falls American Legion Post #15 will perform. Organized in 1947, they are directed by Jack Mohlenhoff. The accompanist will be Katie Thompson.

"This unique event will bring together two Medal of Honor recipients, 10 other Korean War veterans, and several scholars to discuss various aspects of the Korean War and its aftermath," said Bill Richardson, director of the W.O. Farber Center and chair of the department of political science. "As the terrible events of Sept. 11 have once again illustrated, America historically has been caught unprepared at the start of major conflicts. For years still to come, the military, political and diplomatic struggles associated with the Korean War will continue to have relevance for 21st century America."

The first panel discussion, "The Korean War Generation," will begin at 9 a.m. The morning session will be devoted to a moderated discussion among Korean War veterans about the conference theme, which concerns how the nation has been affected by changes that have occurred in the areas of citizenship, character, and leadership since the Korean War.

Ron Arnold (USMC), a former PBS broadcaster and producer will serve as moderator. Participants will include Bill Anderson (Air Force); Harley Coon (Army), president of the Korean War Veterans Association who was featured on the History Channel's recent documentary on the Korean War, Fire & Ice; Fred Duve (Army); T.R. Fehrenbach (Army), author of This Kind of War: A Study in Unpreparedness; Don Gluck (Army), a professor of history; Justice Frank E. Henderson (Army); and Walter D. Reed (Army), a retired major general and attorney.

The second panel session will feature Korean War veterans and scholars. The theme of this roundtable will revolve around the relationship between South Korea and America and the changes that have occurred in the areas of citizenship, leadership, and character during the past 50 years. This session will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Slagle Hall Auditorium. Mitch Krebs, KSFY-TV anchorman in Sioux Falls, will serve as moderator.

Other participants include Paul M. Edwards (Army), director of the Center for the Study of the Korean War; William O. Farber, professor emeritus of political science; Kurt Hackemer, professor of history; Jung Bock Lee, professor of political science at Seoul National University and President of the Korean Political Science Association; and Mike Tiedeman, political science graduate student.

All events are free and open to the public.

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