Professor to speak about Vietnam

To students at Northern Kentucky University, Jerry Warner, Ph.D., may just be their biology professor. Warner will show students a deeper side with his presentation “The Vietnam War: One Soldier’s Experience.” He will speak at 3 p.m., Dec. 1 in the Otto M. Budig Theater as part of NKU’s Military History Lecture Series.

After graduating from Northeast Louisiana State College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, Warner was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Corp of Engineers, according to a release. After serving as a training officer in Missouri, in 1966, Warner was assigned to the 86th Engineer Battalion in Fort Dix, N.J., which would soon be deployed to Vietnam.

Warner and his platoon arrived in Cu Chi, Vietnam in Sept. 1966. While in Vietnam, Warner served as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the B Company of the 588th Engineer Battalion.

After returning from the war, Warner achieved a Masters in Biology from Northeast Louisiana State College and later pursued a Ph.D. in Zoology. After achieving his doctrine, he taught at two schools before arriving at NKU, where he was employed as assistant professor of biology in 1976.

In Warner’s 30 years at NKU he has been a member of the faculty, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Director of University 101, Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and Interim Vice President and Provost, according to a release.

During this same time, Warner remained active in the U.S. Army Reserve. He has served as company commander, as battalion commander, in several staff positions and as group commander in his 26 years in the Reserves.

Using slide pictures and his personal experience, Warner will translate his experience in Vietnam for the audience.

The speech is open to the public and refreshments will be available after the program. For more information call 572-5461,