Joseph Galloway to speak at Norwich University Commencement

Joseph GallowayNorwich University has announced that Joseph L. Galloway will be the guest speaker at the University's 186th commencement ceremony on May 15. Galloway is the senior military correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers, working in their Washington Bureau, and is also author of a weekly column on military and national security affairs. He recently concluded a brief assignment as a special consultant to Gen. Colin Powell at the State Department.

In past years, Galloway has been a guest at Norwich University's annual William E. Colby Military Writers' Symposium -- a two-day event held each spring where top authors, historians, journalists and filmmakers come to the campus to participate in open forums, lectures, and other related functions.

Galloway, a native of Refugio, Texas, spent 22 years as a foreign and war correspondent and bureau chief for United Press International, and nearly 20 years as a senior editor and senior writer for U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Galloway's overseas postings include tours in Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Singapore and three years as UPI bureau chief in Moscow in the former Soviet Union. During the course of 15 years of foreign postings, Galloway served four tours as a war correspondent in Vietnam and also covered the 1971 India-Pakistan War and half a dozen other combat operations. In 1990-1991, Galloway covered Desert Shield/Desert Storm, riding with the 24th Infantry Division (Mech) in the assault into Iraq.

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf has called Galloway "The finest combat correspondent of our generation -- a soldier's reporter and a soldier's friend."

Galloway is co-author, with Lt. Gen. (ret) Hal G. Moore, of the national bestseller "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young", which was made into the critically-acclaimed movie, "We Were Soldiers," starring Mel Gibson. He also co-authored "Triumph Without Victory: The History of the Persian Gulf War" for Times Books.

On May 1, 1998, Galloway was decorated with a Bronze Star Medal with V for rescuing wounded soldiers under fire in the Ia Drang Valley in November 1965. His is the only medal of valor the U.S. Army ever awarded to a civilian for actions during the Vietnam War.

Galloway received the National Magazine Award in 1991 for a U.S. News cover article on the 25th anniversary of the Ia Drang battles, and the National News Media Award of the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1992 for coverage of the Gulf War. In 2000, he received the President's Award for the Arts of the Vietnam Veterans Association of America. In 2001 he received the BG Robert L. Denig Award for Distinguished Service presented by the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents' Association.

Galloway is a member of the advisory boards of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the nonprofit organization No Greater Love (founded to assist the victims of war), the 1st Cavalry Division Association, and the National Infantry Foundation.

Alumnus and former trustee to receive honorary degree

Also during the Norwich ceremony, E. Terry Polidor will receive an honorary Doctorate of Engineering Science degree. Polidor graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1964. He attained a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1966, and currently is the president and CEO of Optical Gaging Products in Rochester, New York. Polidor served on the Norwich University Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2004.

Angell to be Baccalaureate Speaker

The Most Reverend Kenneth A. Angell, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington will be the guest speaker at the Norwich University Baccalaureate, held on Saturday, May 14, at 2:30 p.m. in White Memorial Chapel.