The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation is committed to sharing the experiences of the Vietnam War Era and its enduring legacy with future generations.
Our Memorial recognizes the valor of New Jersey’s Veterans and the sacrifices of their families and communities. Our Museum encourages learning by exploring the Vietnam War Era through inclusive and objective exhibitions.
The NJVVMF virtual series, Third Thursday VetChat, gives attendees a front-row seat to an intimate exchange with Vietnam Veterans. Audience Q&A follows an initial round of questions by the host.
May 19, 7:30 p.m. | Mike Ruane received an ROTC commission at Seton Hall and served 30 years in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve. He retired in 1993 as a Colonel. An Infantry officer, he had over thirteen years of command time at the company, battalion, and brigade level, including commanding two Light Infantry companies in Vietnam in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. Among his over twenty awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Mike currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of InfoAge, a National Historic Landmark and New Jersey’s WWII Living Memorial located in the former U.S. Army Evans Area in Wall Township. Register in advance for the Zoom link by clicking here.
June 16, 7:30 p.m. | Joseph Bilby received his BA and MA degrees in history from Seton Hall University. He served as a lieutenant in the 1st Infantry Division’s 1st MP Company in Vietnam. Joe retired as an Investigations Supervisor from the New Jersey Department of Labor and is now a part-time Assistant Curator of the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey in Sea Girt. An award-winning historian, he is the author, co-author, or editor of 22 books (two of which are on the New Jersey State Historical Commission’s list of “101 Great New Jersey Books”). Register in advance for the Zoom link by clicking here.
Third Thursday VetChats are Free and Open to the Public. Watch for future events here.
The NJVVMF Scholars Series invites the public into a moderated conversation with leading historians and individuals whose experiences offer new and inclusive insights into the complexities of the Vietnam Era.
Upcoming Scholar Series Sessions
Tuesday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. | Gregory A. Daddis is the Director of the Center for War and Society Director and the USS Midway Chair in Modern U.S. Military History. Originally from the Garden State of New Jersey, he holds a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a master’s degree from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating from West Point, he served for 26 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a colonel. He is a veteran of both Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and his military awards include the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medals. His final assignment in the army was as the Chief of the American History Division in the Department of History at the United States Military Academy. Daddis specializes in Cold War history with an emphasis on the American war in Vietnam. He has authored five books, including his most recent with Cambridge University Press, Pulp Vietnam: War and Gender in Cold War Men's Adventure Magazines (2020).
Livestreamed via the NJVVMF Facebook page, no pre-registration required.
For information on future scholar series talks, click here.
Memorial Day Ceremony
May 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
New Jersey Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, 1 Memorial Lane Holmdel, NJ 07733 United States
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