Last year, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, members of the Veterans Breakfast Club—including seven Vietnam veterans--embarked on a two-week guided tour of Vietnam highlighting the battle zones of the war, while also exploring Vietnam’s history and natural beauty. Todd DePastino will talk about what he and the veterans learned on the trip, including how Confucianism determines traffic patterns, why Vietnamese people always ask how old you are, why many young Vietnamese thanked us for the “American War,” and what it was like for our veterans to meet their former battlefield enemies.
Todd DePastino is founder and executive director of the Veterans Breakfast Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to sharing veterans’ stories with the public. Over 30,000 different people have participated in the Veterans Breakfast Club’s programs and activities over the past eleven years. Todd is the author of the award winning BILL MAULDIN: A LIFE UP FRONT (W.W. Norton) and six other books. He has a Ph.D. in American History from Yale University and has taught at several places, including Waynesburg University where he won the Lucas-Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two daughters.
Presented by the Historical Society of Mount Lebanon