The battle to save a legacy… At our next “Meet The Author”

This event from one of our fellow veteran organizations in the Bay Area may be of interest to members.

Meet the Author at Marines' Memorial
Westphall and Memorial


Meet the Author with Steven Trout

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Angel Fire

Wednesday, 20 July 2022 – 6:00pm
Marines’ Memorial Club – 609 Sutter St (@ Mason), San Francisco

Member Tickets: Free, Non-Member Tickets: $20

In The Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Angel Fire, Steven Trout tells the story of Marine Lieutenant David Westphall, who was killed near Con Thien on May 22, 1968, and of the Westphall family’s subsequent struggle to create and maintain a one-of-a-kind memorial chapel dedicated to the memory of all Americans lost in the Vietnam War and to the cause of world peace.


At our next “Meet the Author,” Dr. Steven Trout will shed light on this unique monument and the family whose life-long efforts established what has become an iconic pilgrimage destination for thousands of Vietnam Veterans.

Steven Trout
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Angel Fire

About Steven Trout:
Steven Trout is a Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Alabama.   His research focuses primarily on American war literature and war memorialization, especially  from the era of World War I.  His many books include On the Battlefield of Memory:  The First World War and American Remembrance, 1919-1941,  Memorial Fictions:  Willa Cather and the First World War, and Portraits of Remembrance:  Painting, Memory, and the First World War (coedited with Margaret Hutchison).


Professor Trout’s latest book,  The Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Angel Fire:  War, Remembrance, and an American Tragedy, is his one and only treatment of America’s war in Vietnam and its still-divisive memory in the United States.  He was inspired to take on this project after discovering the memorial at Angel Fire entirely by accident in 2011.

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