A decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran, who became an author and executive after serving in the Vietnam War, will take to the podium in a Veteran’s Day program at Garden City Community College. Dr. Daryl S. Paulson, author of “Walking the Point” and a series of additional books, will speak at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9 in the auditorium of the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building.
Sponsored by the Brookover Lecture Series and the GCCC Student Government Association, the program is free and open to the public.
Paulson’s “Walking the Point” has been described as a healing journey through the displacement, despair and rejection that many U.S. veterans felt after returning from the Southeast Asian conflict that that drew as many as 550,000 American troops per year. The book treats the Vietnam experience as one of initiation for those who served.
“This book was written by someone who has been there…who has walked the point and has come back to complete his mythic journey,” according to a forward by Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., a Saybrook University psychology professor and author.
Paulson earned the USMC Navy Commendation Medal, with “V” for valor, as well as the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Combat Action Award. He also wrote “Haunted by Combat,” which explored post-traumatic stress disorder among Vietnam veterans.
Paulson, today the president and chief executive officer of a medical and pharmaceutical product research firm, has written additional books on biostatistics, microbiology and business.
“America has much to learn from the traditions of initiation,” according to a review of “Walking the Point” by Pacifica Graduate Institute Professor Jonathan Young. “Paulson’s insights are a valuable contribution to that end.” Tom Greening, editor of Journal of Humanistic Society, cited the book for “poignant lessons from war.”