Lieutenant Colonel James G. Zumwalt Returns To Stonehill

March 3, 2015


Marine Lieutenant Colonel James G. Zumwalt spoke at Stonehill in the Fall of 2010.

Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel James G. Zumwalt will be discussing his book "Bare Feet, Iron Will, which is based on his numerous trips back to Vietnam after the war to gain insights about that conflict from the enemy's side of the battlefield, when he returns to Stonehill’s Martin Institute on Wednesday, March 25th at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Colonel Zumwalt first visited Stonehill in the Fall of 2010 where he discussed his time in Vietnam and the more than 50 trips he made back to the region from 1994 to 2004.

"I think our biggest shortcoming in Vietnam was not understanding the fact we were fighting their greatest generation," Zumwalt said.

Every male member of his family served in the conflict which, ultimately, in a bitter family tragedy, claimed the life of his older brother. Colonel Zumwalt's return to Vietnam was a journey that took some intriguing twists and turns, eventually bringing him closure as he came to better understand the enemy America had fought there. The stories he shares are a fascinating testimonial to the survival and creativity of an enemy we really failed to understand. 

An internationally acclaimed best-selling author, speaker and business executive, Zumwalt also currently heads a security consulting firm named after his father—Admiral Zumwalt & Consultants, Inc.

Colonel Zumwalt writes extensively on foreign policy and defense issues, having written hundreds of articles for various print and online publications, including USA Today, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Fox News, The LA Times, Breibart News and others. 

His articles have covered issues of major importance, oftentimes providing readers with unique perspectives that have never appeared elsewhere.  This has resulted, on several occasions, in his work being cited by members of Congress and entered into the US Congressional Record.

His thoughtful perspectives earned him an invitation to join the prestigious Committee on the Present Danger (CPD), of which the honorary co-chairmen are Senator Joe Lieberman, Senator Jon Kyl, former Secretary of State George P. Schultz and former CIA Director R. James Woolsey. 

The CPD is a non-partisan organization with one goal—to stiffen American resolve to confront the challenge presented by terrorism and the ideologies that drive it.

Colonel Zumwalt received a presidential appointment to be the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, in which capacity he served from 1991-1992.

He is featured as one of 56 US military professionals in LEADING THE WAY, a book by best-selling author Al Santoli, which documents the most critical moments of the interviewees’ combat experiences from Vietnam to Somalia.

He has also been cited in numerous other books and publications for unique insights based on his research on the Vietnam war, North Korea (a country he has visited ten times) and his experiences during Desert Storm.