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Canadian Col. (Ret.) Lorne RodenBush will discuss his experiences in Hanoi during the Vietnam War on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Courtesy Photo)
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Canadian Colonel to speak about his experiences in Hanoi during the Vietnam War

Posted 4/9/2008   Updated 4/11/2008 Email story   Print story

    


by Rob Bardua
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force


4/9/2008 - DAYTON, Ohio -- Canadian Col. (Ret.) Lorne RodenBush will discuss his role as Canada's Permanent Representative to the International Control Commission in Hanoi during the height of the bombing of the Vietnam War, on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

During his lecture titled "Hanoi Remembered," Col. RodenBush will explain why Canada was one of the few western countries with diplomatic representation in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, and address some of their political endeavors such as the Canadian peace initiative.

Col. (Ret.) Lorne RodenBush was born in Saskatchewan, Canada. After he completed high school, he enlisted in the Canadian Army Special Forces and served in Korea.

In 1954 he underwent flying training. Shortly thereafter, he served on exchange duties with United States Army Helicopter units in the U.S. Upon his return to Canada in 1959, he served as the Evaluation Test Pilot at Army Headquarters.

Col. RodenBush is a graduate of the Canadian Army Staff College (1963-1965) and NATO Defense College (1972-1973). He commanded the Transport Company of 3 Brigade Service Battalion during 1966-1967. He was then seconded to the Department of External Affairs in 1967-1968 as Canada's Permanent Representative to the International Control Commission, North Vietnam.

During Canada's integration of their forces in 1968 he became part of the Air Element and took over command of 450 Transport Helicopter Squadron, a position he held for four years.

He had six years involvement in Arms Control and Disarmament, with appointments at National Defense Headquarters, NATO in Brussels and at the Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction talks in Vienna. In 1979 he became acting director with responsibilities related to Foreign Service Attaches and foreign VIP visitors to the Canadian Forces. 

In 1980, Col. RodenBush retired from the forces and became administration manager for Digital Equipment Canada and subsequently for Digital worldwide. Following a stint as CEO of a start-up software company, he returned to National Defense as a special advisor to the associate minister of defense.

Col. RodenBush was appointed Honorary-Colonel of the 450 Transport Helicopter Squadron in 1992.

In recent years, he remained active in business and community sectors. He held numerous directorships and was a member of TV Ontario's advisory board during the 1990s.

Col. RodenBush has logged 5,000 hours in some 70 types of aircraft -- both fixed wing and helicopters -- and he continues to fly a Cessna 172.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free.

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NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-1743.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Rob Bardua at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1386.


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