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Spring 2009 Meeting

L-R FPL Chairman Drummond Ayes and Dr. Sorley.

Dr. Lewis Sorley provided the Friends of Preston Library with an engaging Spring Program Thursday, March 26, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turman Room of Preston Library.  Dr. Sorley spoke on “Adventures in Research” and revealed several fascinating tales of discovery learned in the course of his research. We learned how his scholarly “detective work” tracked down a member of Gen. Creighton Abrams’ World War II tank crew, how rescuing the records of Lt. Col. Harold Cohen from a fire resulted in his receiving the Distinguished Service Cross–fifty years after the war in which he earned it, how he discovered the secret location of Abrams’ command staff tapes, and other tales of research adventures.  A lively and informative question and answer session followed and all had a good time.

Author of several books on Vietnam, Dr. Sorley has written the following:
betterwar A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America’s Last Years in Vietnam
honorablewarrior Honorable Warrior: General Harold K. Johnson and the Ethics of Command
thunderbolt Thunderbolt: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Times
vietnamchronicles Vietnam Chronicles: the Abrams Tapes, 1969-1972

Dr. Sorley is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Army Historical Foundation.  In 2007, he received the General Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize for military scholarship.  This spring he serves as VMI’s Gottwald Visiting Professor of Leadership and Ethics.  A third-generation graduate of the United States Military Academy, Dr. Sorley earned his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.  In his academic career he has served on the faculties of West Point and the Army War College.  His U.S. Army assignments include tank and armored cavalry unit commands in Germany and Vietnam and staff service for the Secretary of Defense and Army Chief of Staff.

Honor BrightDr. Sorley’s latest book is Honor Bright: History and Origins of the West Point Honor Code and System.