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Posted on Mar 26, 2008 in Carlo D'Este, Stuff We Like

Practicing History: The William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium

By Carlo D'Este

Distinguished Guest

Medal of Honor recipient Drew Dix


Drew Dix is the first enlisted man in Special Forces to have been awarded the Medal of Honor. He received a direct commission to first lieutenant and retired with the rank of major after serving 20 years in the army, many of those in unconventional warfare assignments. Following retirement from the army he continued to work in support of government-sponsored programs, and he owned and operated an air service in the Alaskan Interior. He has worked as a consultant in both the private and public sectors in the areas of security and special operations including antiterrorism. In September 2002, as Alaska’s deputy commissioner for homeland security, he was chosen to head the state’s Task Force on Homeland Security. Dix spent 10 years as Ice Station leader for previously classified projects on the Arctic Ocean. He is the author of The Rescue of River City, which chronicles the events in Chau Phu, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor during the Tet Offensive of January 31–February 1, 1968.



The Colby Symposium is also open to the public and anyone interested in attending is cordially invited to do so. Further information can be found at the Colby website:

Or contact Ellalou Zirblis,158 Harmon Drive, Northfield VT 05663
Office – 802.485.2631,Fax – 802.485.2090,


After the event, a limited number of autographed posters will be available for sale, each signed by the authors attending this year’s event. Contact information is also – Office – 802.485.2631 / Fax – 802.485.2090. See following page to view poster.


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