“The Journey Home” explores how Vietnam veterans were treated to mark 50th anniversary of war

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Jim Holbrook is featured in a new documentary released to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. “The Journey Home,” produced by sisters Sharlene Hawkes and Elayne Harmer (a 1993 alumna of the law school), explores the treatment of veterans who returned home after serving in the Vietnam War.

In recognition of Veteran’s Day, the S.J. Quinney College of Law screened the film and hosted a panel discussion featuring veterans of the Vietnam War who are also graduates from the College of Law.  The panel  discussed the ethical dilemmas raised by treatment of Vietnam veterans —and how many of these issues are still relevant today. slider_journey_home_mqyuxx

Panelists included:

Jim Holbrook, who served in combat as an artillery fire direction specialist with the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta southwest of Saigon in 1969.

Michael Jorgensen, who graduated from University of Utah College of Law in 1974.  He lives in Salina and is retired.  He served in Vietnam 1970-71.

Lawrence R. Peterson, who graduated from University of Utah Law School in 1974. He is currently a partner in Peterson Nykamp Law in Salt Lake City. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry after Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning Georgia in 1969.  He served with the Military Advisory Command in Vietnam from July 1970 to May 1971, advising Local Force and Regional Force units in Binh Doung Province.  He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Chris Wangsgard, who graduated from West Point in 1963. He volunteered for the Infantry, and served six years on active duty. He served in the 5th special Forces Group ,in Vietnam in 1967-68. He graduated for the University of Utah College of Law in 1972, where he was the articles editor of the Utah Law Review. He is a shareholder at Parsons, Behle and Latimer. He teaches courses in the history of the Vietnam war through the Osher Institute.

Those who were unable to attend the event can view the documentary online here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mtFdwF8lE4&feature=youtu.be

Holbrook is also working on an ongoing project to document all veterans who are alumni of the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Please contact him at: james.holbrook@law.utah.edu with information on your service dates.

Veterans are also eligible to receive a copy of an original collection of stories released to honor and remember the service, duty, and sacrifice of Vietnam era veterans. The book, “Vietnam War 50th Commemoration: A Time To Honor,” is a joint project to honor veterans.