February 11, 1999
Mr. James H. Webb Jr., former Secretary of the Navy, recipient of the Navy Cross, and noted author will address the Corps of Cadets on Tuesday, February 16 at 11:15 a.m. in McAlister Field House. He will be officially welcomed to The Citadel with an honor guard ceremony in front of Bond Hall at 10:45 a.m.
Webb graduated from the Naval Academy in 1968. He then went on to the Marine Corps Officer's Basic School and served as a rifle platoon and company commander with the Fifth Marine Regiment in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, and two Purple Hearts.
After leaving the Marine Corps in 1972, Webb went on to earn his juris doctorate from the Georgetown Law Center in 1975. He has since authored four best-selling novels: "Fields of Fire," "A Sense of Honor," "A Country Such as This," and "Something to Die For."
In government Webb served in the U.S. Congress as counsel to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs from 1977-1981. He then went on to be the first Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, where he spent much time with NATO allies. Then in 1987, Webb became Secretary of the Navya term he held for one year.
Today, Webb travels extensively in Asia as a journalist, business consultant, and screenwriter-producer. His fifth novel, "The Emperor's General," will be published in April 1999.
The Citadel's Greater Issues Series was established in 1953 by Gen. Mark Clark (former president of The Citadel) to give cadets insight into the issues they face as future leaders of society by giving them the opportunity to learn from national and international distinguished leaders.