Dr. Vernon L. Williams
Department of History

ACU Box 28130 
Abilene Christian University
Abilene, Texas 79699-8130

Office Telephone: 325-280-3399 
Email: vwilliams@acu.edu 
Fax: 325-674-2369

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Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., 1985, American History, Texas A&M University
  • M.A., 1981, Major: American History, Minor: Music History, Southwest Texas State
  • M.Ed., 1975, Music Education, Southwest Texas State University
  • B.A., 1970, Music, Abilene Christian College

Current Status:

  • 1989-Present Professor of History, Abilene Christian University
  • 2007-Present President, Texas Oral History Association
  • 1989-Present Director of Public History, Abilene Christian University
  • 1989-Present Director of Computer Operations, History Department, Abilene Christian University
  • 2001-Present Producer/Director, Old Segundo Productions

Journals and Websites:

  • Editor, Red River Valley Historical Journal, Southwestern Historical Association, Winter 2008, in press.
  • Editor, Red River Valley Historical Journal, Southwestern Historical association, Winter 2007.
  • Developer and Webmaster, 306th Bomb Group Association website, www.306bg.org, 2007-present.
  • Developer and Webmaster, Southwestern Historical Association website, www.swhist.org, 2009.

Books and Chapters in Books:

“Empire marine: General Littleton W.T. Waller and the Growth of American Imperialism, 1856-1920,” a biography in submission to Naval Institute Press.

“George Dewey: Admiral of the Navy,” a chapter in James Bradford’s Quarterdeck, Bridge, and Pentagon: Two Centuries of American naval Leadership, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1996.

“Naval Service in the Age of Empire,” a chapter in James C. Bradford’s Crucible of Empire: American and the War with Spain. Annapolis, Maryland: naval Institute Press, 1993.

“Littleton W.T. Waller: Politics of Command,” a chapter in Jack Sweetman’s New Interpretations in Naval History, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1993.

“George Dewey: Admiral of the Navy.” A chapter in James C. Bradford’s Admirals of the new Steel Navy: Makers of the American naval Tradition. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1990.

Lieutenant Patton and the American Army on the Mexican Punitive Expedition, 1915-1916. Revised Edition. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1992. Original 1983 Presidial Press edition is out-of-print.

Books and Chapters in Progress:

 “From Pyote to Fortress Europe: The 381st Bomb Group and the Battle for Europe, 1942-1945,”

A book manuscript in preparation invited for submission to the University of North Texas Press, pending.

“The East Anglia Air War and the New Military History: Oral History, Collaterals, and Film in the Preservation of Memory and community in World War II England,” a chapter accepted for a forthcoming book tentatively titled “Between Memory and History” to be published by University of British Columbia Press. Due July 2009.

“The Undaunted: Buffalo Soldiers in Texas, 1866-1891,” a book manuscript completed several years ago and undergoing revision with a new introductory chapter.

“A Time for War, A Time for Community: Anglo-American Relations in East Anglia, 1942-1945,: a book manuscript. Oral history interviews will cease in August 2009 marking the end of six years of research, beginning with a sabbatical semester in 2003. The volume will be based on an extensive archive search and more than 500 hundred digital video oral interviews of World War II survivors in Germany, England, and the United States. Writing will begin during the fall 2009.


Articles in Progress:

“Steel Men from Nyon: The African American Experience in the European Theater of Operations,” an article in preparation for submission to the Military History Journal, pending.

“A New Paradigm for Oral History: Oral History, collaterals, and film in the Preservation of Memory and Community in World War II England,” an article in preparation for submission to the Oral History Review, pending.

“From Pyote to Fortress Europe: Oral history, Community, and the 381st Bomb Group in World War II,” an article accepted for the Sound Historian, 2008.

Articles and Essays:

Essays written for Bradford in the International Military

 “J.J. (Jocko) Clark,” Dictionary of American Biography, Scribners, 1994.

Essays in Benjamin Beede, editor, Garland Encyclopedia of American Wars: The Spanish-American War and the Small Wars, published 1993.

  • China Relief Expedition-1,000 words
  • Asiatic Squadron, U.S. Navy (1898)-300 words
  • George Dewey-3,000 words
  • Otto von Diedrichs (Philippines only)-100 words
  • Robley D. Evans-200 words
  • German Naval Operations in the Philippines-400 words
  • John D. Long-2,500 words
  • Manila Bay, Battle of-2,500 words
  • Philippine Insurrection-4,000 words
  • Balangigs Massacre-750 words
  •  Marine Operations in the Philippine Insurrection-1,150 words
  • Naval Operations in the Philippine Insurrection-2,000 words

Under contract with Sachem Publishing Associates, the following entries in Reference Guide to the United States Military, Volume III, in press:  

  • George Dewey-1,200 words
  • Elwell S. Otis-200 words
  • John Coalter Bates-100 words
  • ADM Patricio Montojo-100 words
  • Loyd Wheaton-100 words
  • L.W.t. Waller-100 words
  • Samuel Baldwin Marks young-100 words
  • Malolos Campaign-800 words
  •  Battle of Manila Bay (1 May 1898)-800 words
  • Battle of Manila (13 August 1898)-200 words

Under contract with Sachem Publishing Associates, the following entries in Reference Guide to the United States Military, Volume IV, in press:

  • Earnest Joseph King-800 words
  • John A. Lejeune-400 words
  • Harold r. Stark-400 words
  • Joseph J. “Jocko” Clark-200 words
  • Robert L. Ghormley-200 words
  • Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr.-200 words
  • William Franklin Knox-100 words
  • George Barnett-100 words
  • Royal Eason Ingersoll-100 words
  • Marc Andrew Mitscher-100 words
  • Nathan F. Twining-100 words
  • Harry E. Yarnell-100 words
  • Pre-War Sinking of US Destroyers-200 words
  • USS Panay Incident-100 words
  • USS Squalus, sinking and Recovery of-100 words

“Military Bands,” Encyclopedia USA, forthcoming.

“The Confederate Cavalryman-I.N. Rainey,” Texas Magazine, (Houston Chronicle) August 14, 1983.

“Lieutenant George S. Patton, Jr. and the American Army on the Texas Border and in Mexico, 1915-1916,” Military History of Texas and the Southwest, Volume 17, Number 1, 1982, 1-76. (a journal edition of the book sans index and illustrations)

“The Sherman-Johnston Campaign for Atlanta,” The Alabama Historian, Volume 2, Fall 1980, 1-8.


Papers:

“The Air War and Military Medicine in the Eighth Air Force: Developing Technology and the Impact of the High Altitude Daylight bombing Campaign on American Forces in East Anglia in World War II,” a paper presented to the Southwestern Historical association annual meeting, April 10, 2009. Denver, Colorado.

Moderator and Presenter, “Round Table: Red River Valley Historical Journal,” Southwest Social Sciences Association annual meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 14, 2008.

Chair, a session titles “War, Warriors, and Playing War,” Southwest Social Sciences Association annual meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 13, 2008.

“From Pyote to Fortress Europe: Film, Oral History, and the 381st Bomb Group,” a paper presented to the Texas State Historical Association annual meeting and jointly sponsored by the Texas Oral history Association, Corpus Christi, Texas, March 6, 2008.

“The East Anglia Air War and the New Military History: Oral History, Collaterals, and Film in the preservation of Memory and Community in World War II England,” a paper presented to the Military Oral History Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria Island, Canada, February 20-23, 2008.

“A Sense of Place: The Anglo-American Cultural Exchange and the Development of Community in Wartime England, 1942-1945, a paper presented to the 5th Annual Humanities Conference, Paris, France, July 18-22, 2007.

“A Community in Crisis: Race and the Anglo-American Exchange in World War II England,” a paper presented to the Society for Military History annual meeting, Frederick, Maryland, April 19-22, 2007.

“Keep the Home Hearth Burning: The Cross-Atlantic Cultural Exchange in WWII East Anglia, 1942-1945,” a paper presented to the Oral History Association annual meeting, Little Rock, Arkansas, October 25, 2006.

“The Documentary Film & the Anglo-American Home Front in East Anglia, 1942-1945,” a film lecture presented to the Association for American Studies Annual Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom, April 22, 2006.

“A Time for War, A Time for Community: Anglo-American Relations in East Anglia, 1942-45,” a paper presented at the Britons at war: New Perspectives Conference, University of Northampton, Northampton, United Kingdom, April 21, 2006.

“Beginnings: Littleton W.T. Waller and the Lessons of Empire, 1880-1900,” a paper presented to the Southwestern Historical Association annual meeting, April 13, 2006, San Antonio, Texas.

“The Eighth Air Force in England: Infrastructure, Operations, and the Impact on Community, 1942-1945,” a paper presented to the Ohio Valley History Conference, Tennessee Tech University, October 2004.

“The Eagle and the Anchor in China: Littleton W.T. Waller and American Marines in the Relief of Peking,” a paper presented to the Southwestern Social Sciences Association annual meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 17, 2003. 

Soldiers from Nyon: The African American Combat Experience in the European Theater of Operations, a paper presented to the Southwestern Social Sciences Association annual meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 29, 2002.

“The Samar Ordeal: Littleton W.T. Waller and Expressions of American Imperialism,” a paper presented t Mid-America Conference on History, University of Kansas, September 2000.

“A Virginia Aristocrat in the Caribbean: Littleton W.T. Waller and the Occupation of Haiti, 1915-1916,” a paper presented to the Fourteenth Naval History Symposium, U.S. Naval Academy, September 25, 1999. 

“Southern Colorado Coal Mining Towns: Photographs, Maps, and Plats,” a paper presented to the 19th Annual Conference of the Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association, Lubbock, Texas, January 29-31, 1998.

Chair, a session titled “The Culture of War: Technology and the Production of Historical Resources,” 19th Annual Conference of the Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association, Lubbock, Texas, January 29-31, 1998.

“The World Wide Web and Texas Country Historical Resources,” a paper presented to the Texas historic Preservation Conference in Amarillo, Texas, May 2-4, 1996. 

“Changing Dynamics in Marine Corps Leadership: Littleton W.T. Waller and the embattled Old Corps, 1880-1920,” a paper presented to the Southwestern historical Association annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, March 30-April 2, 1994. This paper is part of a session sponsored by the Society of Military Historians.

“The Samar Ordeal: Littleton W.T. Waller and Expressions of American Imperialism,” a paper presented to America’s Wars and War Eras Symposium, Popular Culture Association meeting in Waco, Texas, February 3-5, 1994.

“Littleton W.T. Waller: Politics of Command,” Tenth naval History Symposium, The Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, September 1991.

“University/Museum Collaboration,” Texas Association of Museums annual meeting, San Antonio, Texas, Spring 1991.

“Naval Service in the Spanish-American War and Beyond: A Training Ground for the Future,” Mid-America Conference on History, University of Arkansas/Fayetteville, September 22, 1990.

“The Homefront: Conditions in Austin County During the Civil War, 1860-1865,” Texas State Historical Association annual meeting, March 1, 1990.

“Fort Davis: A Texas Frontier Experience,” A Texas Sesquicentennial Program, North Harris County College, April 16, 1986.

“Post West Bernard Station: Discovery and Preliminary Investigation,” A Texas Sesquicentennial Program, North Harris County College, February 4, 1986.

“New Interpretations of Naval Service in the Philippines, 1898-1906,” Seventh Naval History Symposium, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, September 26-27, 1985.

“The Military Mission: The United States Army in Latin America, 1950-1968,” Southwestern Social Science Association annual meeting, March 18, 1983.

“The U.S. Army and Mexican military Education, 1946-1970,” Southwestern Council for Latin American Studies annual meeting, March 12, 1983.

“Lieutenant George S. Patton, Jr. and the Army on the Punitive Expedition: The Early Days,” Southwestern Social Science Association annual meeting, March 18, 1982.

“Latin America and the Philippines: The Role of Inland naval Craft in the Suppression of Hostile Indian Populations,” Southwest Council for Latin America Studies annual meeting, March 12, 1982.

“The Role of Military Bands on the Texas Frontier in the Late 19th Century,” University of Texas Historical Symposium, Austin, Texas, April 13, 1982.

“A Study in Command: The Sherman-Johnston Campaign for Atlanta, May 7, 1864-July 17, 1864,” Southwestern Social Science Association annual meeting, April 2, 1980. (journal article in the Historian is based on this paper)

Reviews:

Hard as the Rock Itself by David Robertson, for red River Valley Historical Journal, Winter 2007.

Not in Vain: A Rifleman Remembers World War II by Leon c. Standifer, for New Mexico Historical Review, 1999.

We were Innocents: An Infantryman in Korea by William D. Dannenmaier, for New Mexico Historical Review, 1999.

Admirals and Empire: The United States Navy and the Caribbean, 1898-1945 by Donald A. Yerxa, Naval History, Winter 1992.

“Civil War Music, A Review” Civil War History, 1984.

“Forts and Supplies: The Role of the Army in the Economy of the Southwest, 1846-1861” A Review,” Password, in press. 

Unpublished Manuscripts:

 “Company C Goes to War: Austin County and Waller’s 13th Texas Cavalry in the Trans-Mississippi West, 1861-1865,” typescript, 160 pp.


Films Currently in Production:

The Battleship Texas Video Tour, Old Segundo Productions, expected release, December 2009. Vernon L. Williams, Producer/Director.

Dry Gulcher Down: A B-17’s Fiery End over Shalford Village, expected release, May 2008. Vernon L. Williams, Producer/Director. (This is a remake of a 2001 short version – scheduled to run 60 minutes.)

From Pyote to Fortress Europe: The 381st Bomb Group in World War II, expected release, may 2008. Vernon L. Williams, Producer/Director. (this is a remake of a 2001 short version – scheduled to run 60 minutes.)

Recent Film Productions: 

Liberators of East Anglia: The Second Air Division in WWII, a historical documentary, 58 minutes, Old Segundo Productions, released February 2007.

Hell’s Angels: The 303rd Bomb Group in the Battle for Europe, a historical documentary, 58 minutes, Old Segundo Productions, released December 2006.

Thurleigh Memories: The 306th Bomb Group (H) in World War II, a historical documentary, 58 minutes. Old Segundo Productions, released February 2005.

Deopham Green: The Saga of the 452nd Bomb Group (H) in World War II, a historical documentary, 56 minutes. Old Segundo Productions, released December 2004. WINNER – FIRST PLACE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FOR 2004 – NATIONAL BROADCASTING SOCIETY ANNUAL COMPETITION – LOST ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.

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