About our Presenters - Robert "Pete" Peterson

Captain Robert “Pete” Peterson, USN (ret.) was one of the first Navy SEALs to go to Vietnam with Special Operations Group and was one of the first Officers responsible for establishing SEAL combat tactics and understanding the importance of the SEALs having a combat interpreter as part of the unit. He led the 7th Platoon on approximately 100 combat missions and received the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Combat V, and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Captain Peterson is a plank owner in SEAL Team Two and was involved in a documentary film, “A Bond Unbroken,” about a Vietnamese man, Nguyen Hoang Minh, who served as a combat interpreter for the SEALs.

About our Author Presenters - Don Kehn Jr.

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Donald M. Kehn, Jr. is an independent scholar and historian, specializing in USN operations in the Pacific during WWII, with particular focus on the U.S. Asiatic Fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy.  A native of Houston, TX, he attended Bellaire High School, South Texas Jr. College (now UH-Downtown), and the University of Texas at Austin.  Aware of the cruiser USS Houston (CA-30) and the Asiatic Fleet at a very early age, he began researching them both on his own over 40 years ago in Austin.  He has been involved in the USS Houston Survivors Association (as their historian since 1994) and the TCNOUS for some 25 years. 

He published his first book, A Blue Sea of Blood (Zenith Press) at the end of 2008.  It explicated for the first time many longstanding mysteries surrounding the enigmatic disappearance of the old Asiatic Fleet destroyer USS Edsall (DD-219) during the Java Campaign in early 1942, and was a 2009 nomination for the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for naval literature.  For a number of USN families it was the first real knowledge they had ever received regarding Edsall’s fate and that of loved ones who perished with the ship.  His second book was published in the summer of 2017.  In the Highest Degree Tragic (Potomac Books) tells in some detail the history of the U. S. Asiatic Fleet’s harrowing campaign in the East Indies at the beginning of WWII.  He has also published history articles on the Asiatic Fleet in the magazine America in World War II.

He is currently finishing up another book project (on a non-history subject) and is working on a third Pacific War book; one which does not feature the U.S. Asiatic Fleet.

La Villita Historic Arts Village

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La Villita, south of the River Walk in downtown San Antonio, was originally settled nearly 300 years ago as one of the city's first neighborhoods. In 1939, La Villita Historic Arts Village was established and the neighborhood was adapted into a center for teaching regional arts and crafts and to serve as an artists market. Today, nearly 30 shops and galleries offer distinct handcrafted items by artists from San Antonio and surrounding areas. You'll find paintings, folk art, textiles, sculptures, copper wares, jewelry, and more. Plus, in the midst of these tree-lined walkways and plazas, enjoy a savory culinary experience at the area restaurants with options ranging from traditional Mexican flavors to steakhouse favorites. For individual shop listings go to http://www.lavillitasanantonio.com/.

About our Author Presenters - Marc Liebman

Marc Liebman, Citizen Sailor, Businessman and Author

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Marc retired as a Captain after twenty-four years in the Navy and is a combat veteran of Vietnam, the Tanker Wars of the 1980s and Desert Shield/Storm.  He is a Naval Aviator with just under 6,000 hours of flight time in helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.  Captain Liebman has worked with the armed forces of Australia, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Republic of Korea, the Philippines and the U.K.

He has been a partner in two different consulting firms advising clients on business and operational strategy; the CEO of an aerospace and defense manufacturing company; an associate editor of a national magazine and a copywriter for an advertising agency.

Marc’s latest career is as a novelist and five of his books – Cherubs 2, Big Mother 40, Render Harmless, Forgotten and Inner Look have been published. A sixth book, Moscow Airlift will be released in April 2018 and a seventh, The Simushir Island Incident will be released in November 2018.  Big Mother 40 was ranked by the readers who by books on Amazon as one of the top 100 war novels.  Forgotten was a 2017 Finalist in Historical Fiction in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a Finalist in Fiction in the 2017 Literary Excellence Awards and rated as Five Star by Book Favorites.  Inner Look was also rated Five Star.

The Liebmans live near Aubrey, Texas.  Marc is married to Betty, his lovely wife of 48+ years.  They spend a lot of time in their RV and visiting their four grandchildren.

Brunch Ideas in San Antonio

Howdy Companions!

As the 2018 Annual Congress draws near, we wanted to bring some attention to San Antonio and bring forth some additional ideas for you to potentially partake in, outside of the Annual Congress activities.

First up - Saturday or Sunday Brunch!

For closing weekend, there are plenty of local great brunch options.

Please see this article from Thrillist for more information:

https://www.thrillist.com/eat/san-antonio/best-brunch-in-san-antonio

Thanks!

Your 2018 Annual Congress Host Committee