Press Release

August 7, 2002

No. 02-09

(301) 585-4000
Mokie Porter



(Washington, D.C.) – Veteran newspaper correspondent Joseph Galloway, co-author of We Were Soldiers Once and Young, will deliver the keynote address during the Opening Ceremonies of Vietnam Veterans of America’s National Leadership Conference in Tucson, Arizona, on Thursday, August 15. “We are extremely pleased that Joe is coming to Tucson to kick off our four-day Leadership Conference,” said VVA National President Thomas H. Corey. “Joe was an exceptional war correspondent in Vietnam and has proven to be a great friend of Vietnam veterans in general and VVA in particular.” 

Galloway, a Texas native, has been a journalist since 1961 when he joined the United Press International as a reporter. He covered the war in Vietnam for UPI in 1965-66 and again in 1971, 1973, and 1975. He recently retired as a senior military affairs correspondent for U.S. News & World Report. He is the co-author—with Gen. Hal Moore—of We Were Soldiers Once and Young, the highly acclaimed, best-selling account of the pivotal 1965 Battle of the Ia Drang Valley, and the book that inspired the film, We Were Soldiers, directed by Randall Wallace and starring Mel Gibson.  

“Joe was the only reporter on that battlefield during that entire three-day engagement,” Corey said. “He was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroism under fire that day. We are proud of that and proud that he will be a key part of our Leadership Conference.” 

The conference, consisting of a wide array of seminars, workshops, guest lectures, and other events, will be held at the Sheraton El Conquistador Hotel. 


Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

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