Three Veterans of Three Different Wars featuring Sean Mclain Brown, Gulf War I, Disabled Marine Corps Veteran; Jim Castellanos, Gulf War II, Marine Corps Veteran; Maxine Hong Kingston, Peace Activist; Author and Editor, Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace; and James Janko, Vietnam War, Army Medic.
As we approach the fourth anniversary of the Iraq war, recent veterans are adding their voices to those of wars past. Acclaimed author Kingston collected the stories of nearly 100 veterans as well as widows, spouses and conscientious objectors. Hear from three veterans of recent wars as they illuminate their struggles with trauma on the battlefield and the transition to peace, and they tell the stories that helped them find their own peace- Commonwealth Club of California
Sean Mclain Brown
Sean is a disabled Marine from the first Gulf War. He now teaches writing at De Anza College and Western Connecticut State University. His writing is featured in numerous national literary magazines and anthologies.
His military service began at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, on August 13, 2001. Following boot camp, he started Marine combat training at the Camp Pendleton School of Infantry and subsequently trained as an aviation ordnance systems technician at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Florida.
He then trained at the Naval Air Maintenance Training Marine Unit in Cherry Point, North Carolina, specializing in helicopter weapons systems. Upon completing his training, he arrived at my permanent duty station, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 775, a UH-1 Huey and AH-1 Cobra helicopter squadron at Camp Pendleton, California.
Since he was enlisted as a Marine reservist, he was immediately discharged from active duty and put on reserve status, which enabled him to begin academic studies at the University of La Verne in California. He completed only one semester before being activated from the reserves and deploying to Al Asad, Iraq, for a seven-month combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
James Janko, who studied Conservation of National Resources at the University of California in Berkeley, was a medic in the Vietnam War. He writes that his love of the natural world and his desire for peace are the forces behind his first published novel, Buffalo Boy and Geronimo.
His work has appeared in numerous literary journals and was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Currently he teaches English as a Second Language and Native Language Literacy at City College of San Francisco.
Maxine Hong Kingston
Maxine Hong Kingston: Novelist and non-fiction author whose works include Tripmaster Monkey and the National Book Award-winning The Woman Warrior and China Men.
How d0 the people on this program, who are so sensitive to violence and the feelings of the enemy (communists in north and south) in Vietnam, manage to ignore of the fact that the enemy had brutalized and murdered hundreds of thousands of their fellow Vietnamese? Solipsism?
The communists in Vietnam even murdered over one hundred thousand of their fellow Vietnamese prior to the U.S. war effort there. Ho Chi Minh and his crew even killed thousands of fellow communists who didn't tow their particular party line.
How do the people on this program manage to be oblivious to the attempt by the U.S. and her allies to support a flawed but budding democracy in Vietnam? Where is the sensitivity to the Vietnamese (communist) on Vietnamese (non-communist) violence? Solipsism indeed.