Veteran’s story continued . . .

More than five years ago, Gary Bowman of Loveland, Colorado, completed Of Helicopters and Heroes, a fictional account of a Huey helicopter crew chief’s one year tour in Vietnam. Inspired by real events, it includes photos and after-action reports to document the work’s historical accuracy. This 180-page, well-crafted tale offered a compelling narrative of challenge, hardship, and survival. A soldier’s … Read More

Artist and Veteran

Dean Lord grew up in New York state wanting to be an artist. His talent was evident as early as age 6, when he completed this piece. His father thought that would be a hard way to make a living, so introduced him to the carpenter’s trade, where he was successful and might have stayed for many years. Military service … Read More

Memorial Day 2021

The Director’s Memorial Day opinion piece , “Blue  Smoke War/White Bones Men,” was published in the May 31, 2021, Richmond Times-Dispatch. (If the link doesn’t open  and asks you to sign in, click the X in the upper right.) Michael Lund recounts how Farmville, Virginia, veterans groups and law enforcement arranged for the burial of a Vietnam veteran in the … Read More

Tribute to a Fallen Comrade

A tribute to to Marine Sargent Major (retired) Tom Hicks was produced in early 2021 by Farmville, Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7059, Farmville American Legion Post 32, the Piedmont Area Veterans Council, and friends. The focus of this tribute is Tom’s tireless volunteer contributions to the local community. Accounts by seven veterans tell how he collected clothes for … Read More

Navy veteran tells his story

“The US Navy made profound impressions on my youth and my own evolution into later life. The experiences and shipmates I have known and the opportunities afforded me during my Navy years have granted me a life of pride, joy and hopefully, service to others.”      In summer, 2020, Pamplin, Virginia resident, Fred Hill, completed an account of his military … Read More

A story for Veterans Day, 2020

  This story, “Bees,” by Michael Lund, appears in Intima: a Journal of Narrative Medicine. You can listen to him read it here or read it online at the journal site.    

Visiting Scholar

    Dr. John S. (Jerry) Mebane, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Alabama at Huntsville, speaks to English 215-01  on March 9. The focus of the course is “The Death of the Citizen Soldier?” And Dr. Mebane’s topic was” Christianity, pacifism, and the principles of justice in warfare,” a topic at least as old as Saint Augustine who wrote … Read More

From the US Army to the Peace Corps

Green Bay, Virginia, Army veteran completed an account of his year in Vietnam–and his two years in Malaysia as a Peace Corps volunteer. After basic training and telephone cable splicing school, he was sent to the 41st Signal Battalion in Qui Nhon, city is on the South China Sea and a major port for our forces. Three months after arriving … Read More

Fall Harvest.

  This semester the students planted, tended and then harvested a “victory garden” as part of Lund’s English 215 class, titled “9/11: Loss and Redemption.” The class counts as credit toward the Historical and Contemporary Insights pillar in Longwood’s Civitae core curriculum.  I thought I could put in place something that is a gesture to the veteran community and also … Read More