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Morning Vietnam" New Board of Visitors Members
Adrian Cronauer | Col. Mike Williams | Maj.Gen.
Victor Hugo, Jr
the Nashville Reunion, many of you were entertained by Mr.
Adrian Cronauer, the former AFVN disk jockey whose "Gooood
Morning, Vietnam," started the day for a lot of young soldiers
11,000 miles from "the World." Since that time, Mr. Cronauer,
Colonel Michael E. Williams, USMC, and Major General Victor Hugo, Jr.,
US Army (ret.), have all accepted an invitation to join our museum Board
the Robin Williams movie brought Adrian Cronauer to national prominence,
he has not been exactly idle since leaving the US Air Force after Vietnam.
He co-authored the original story for the motion picture, and was honored
for a subsequent special program, on National Public Radio, about the
role of military radio in Vietnam. In addition to his "day job"
as a senior partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Burch and Cronauer,
he is a popular after-dinner speaker and lecturer. Mr. Cronauer appears
periodically as a guest on radio and television talk shows, and his
commentaries have been featured in major newspapers throughout the country.
Cronauer is Senior Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Institute,
a trustee of the Virginia War Memorial, a member of the Board of the
National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition, and frequently speaks
before colleges, universities, veterans, social, legal, and business
Cronauer received his Doctor of Law degree from the University of Pennsylvania,
and also holds a masters degree in Media Studies from the New
School for Social Research in New York City. Prior to turning to the
law, he was a voice talent in radio and television commercials, owned
his own advertising agency, managed a radio station, was a program director
of a television station, and a TV news anchor.
Cronauer has taught broadcasting at the university level, authored a
textbook on radio and TV announcing, and clerked at the Federal Communications
Commission. His law practice concentrates in information and communications
law, and he is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Federal
Communications Law Journal, the Federal Communications Bar Association,
and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia,
among others. [BACK TO TOP]
Mike Williams, a decorated Vietnam veteran, is a resident
of Oceanside, California. He holds the distinction of being both a rated
Army Aviator and a Naval Aviator with over 4100 hours in several variants
of the Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter.
Williams started his military flying career as a US Army Warrant Officer
Aviator. He served in Vietnam from August 1971 to August 1972, flying
AH-1G Cobra gunships. During his tour, he flew over 260 combat missions
in the 101st Division (Airmobile) and D Troop, 17th Cavalry. After completing
his Army service, he was honorably discharged in May 1974, and returned
to college to complete his education. He earned a Bachelors degree at
Brockport State College, New York, and was subsequently commissioned
into the U.S. Marine Corps in August 1975.
January 1977, Colonel Williams completed his Navy flight training and
was awarded the gold wings of a Naval Aviator. While serving with several
Marine helicopter squadrons throughout his career, Colonel Williams
qualified in the AH-1J and AH-1T, variants of the Cobra. He also served
as an operational test pilot with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 5
(VX-5), where he qualified in the AH-1W Super Cobra.
Williams was assigned to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIRSYSCOM) in
August 1988. He spent the next three years in Israel as the NAVAIRSYSCOM
representative for the AH-1W Night Targeting System. He then transferred
to the Aviation Department (APW), Headquarters Marine Corps in August
1991, where he served as the Attack/Utility Helicopter program coordinator.
Williams was Commanding Officer of MAG-46 Detachment A, 4th Marine Aircraft
Wing, Wing Inspector of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and Air Officer and
Deputy Future Operations Officer of I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF).
He transferred to 1st Marine Division April 1998, where he served as
the Division Air Officer until July 1999. Colonel Williams then transferred
to Okinawa, Japan and he is currently serving as the Deputy Assistant
Chief of Staff G-3 for III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa. Colonel
Williams is also a graduate of the Industrial College
of the Armed Forces, part of the National Defense University. [BACK
Victor Hugo, Jr., Graduated from the United States Military
Academy, at West Point, and was commissioned a second lieutenant, Infantry
on June 8 1954. He subsequently transferred to Artillery branch, and
attended the Artillery & Missile Center & School at Fort Sill.
OK in 1962. Following that, General Hugo was assigned to the 1st Special
Forces Group in Okinawa from 1962 through 1965. During that period,
he spent much of his time in Vietnam as an advisor to the South Vietnamese
his Special Forces tour, General Hugo was selected to be an inter-service
exchange student at the Naval War College. Upon successful completion
of his course at NWC, he was assigned to duties with the Office of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1968, then Lieutenant Colonel Hugo returned
to Vietnam as the Battalion Commander of the 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery,
followed by assignment to MACV in 1969-70.
addition to his Vietnam service, General Hugo served two tours in the
Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army, where he was Director of Management
from 1981 through 1983; was Commanding Officer of the 16th Air Defense
Artillery Group; Commanding General of the 38th Air Defense Artillery
Brigade in Korea; and Commanding General of the 32nd Army Air Defense
Command in Germany. Now retired, he currently resides in McLean, Virginia,
and is a consultant in defense management. [BACK
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