Speaker: Jed Duvall
This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit lli-manassas.org
Jed Duvall covered the Vietnam War for CBS News in 1970 and 1971. Saigon was his base--a place to get a shower before heading back to the bush to be with American GIs.
Participants will hear first-hand from a reporter who spent a year and a half among American troops in Vietnam--what they said, where they lived and slept, what they ate, their feelings about their own officers, and how some died. We will visit with the GIs--"Grunts" "draftees" "volunteers" and their sergeants and young officers who were there in the mud and dust and jungle fighting the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army. In other words, our 18 year-olds against their 18 year-olds.
Jed will also describe his worst personal fright: being caught in a flood along the central coast of South Vietnam along with three jeep-loads of reporters and photographers. Rescued only through the intervention of a veteran U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant at the DaNang Press Center who alerted his Colonel to send a helicopter to pick them up.
Jed Duvall was born and raised on Long Island, NY. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Duke University in 1959. He spent two years in the U.S. Navy and then began in the news business in 1961 at WBAL AM and TV in Baltimore. Six years later he moved to CBS News, a division of CBS Inc. in NYC.
With CBS he was assigned to the New York City Bureau followed by the Los Angeles Bureau until joining the Saigon Bureau in 1970. He covered the invasion of Cambodia by U.S. forces in 1970 and the invasion of Laos in 1971 by South Vietnamese troops (ARVN) with the support of American forces. After Vietnam, Jed reported for CBS News from Atlanta and then Washington, D.C., where he helped cover the Watergate cover-up trial. Subsequently, he worked for ABC on "Nightline" for a while, then was freelance for CNN and others until he and his wife retired in Rappahannock.