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Press Release
May 20, 2014

National Archives Welcomes Jim Webb May 22 at Noon

Former Virginia Senator and Secretary of the Navy to discuss new memoir

Washington, DC…On Thursday, May 22, at noon, the National Archives welcomes James Webb, former U.S. Senator and Secretary of the Navy, to discuss his new memoir I Heard My Country Calling, an account of his early years and his love of country and service. A book signing will follow the program.

This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance, located on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. The building is open 10 AM —5:30 PM daily, and is fully accessible. Metro: Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station.

James Webb, former senator from Virginia, has been a combat Marine, a committee counsel in the Congress, an assistant secretary of defense and Secretary of the Navy, an Emmy Award–winning journalist, a filmmaker, and the author of ten books. Mr. Webb has six children and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Hong Le, who was born in Vietnam and is a graduate of Cornell Law School.

About I Heard My Country Calling

Webb's account of his childhood is a tremendous American saga as the family endures the constant moves and challenges of the rarely examined Post-World War II military, with his stern but emotionally invested father, loving and resolute mother, a granite-like grandmother who held the family together during his father's frequent deployments, and an assortment of invincible aunts, siblings, and cousins. His account of his four years at Annapolis are painfully honest but in the end triumphant. His description of Vietnam's most brutal battlefields breaks new literary ground. One of the most highly decorated combat Marines of that war, he is a respected expert on the history and conduct of the war.

To verify the date and times of the programs, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at: 202 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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