William E. Colby

Ambassador William E. Colby (1920 – 1996) was a longtime friend of Norwich University, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in public service in 1992. He wrote two important books, Lost Victory: A Firsthand Account of America’s Involvement in Vietnam and Honorable Men — My Life in the CIA.

Colby was a decorated World War II veteran who served with the Office of Strategic Service during World War II, and later with the Central Intelligence Agency. From 1951 to 1962, Colby worked at the American embassies in Stockholm, Rome and Saigon. He was ambassador and deputy to the commander of the U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam from 1968 to 1971. Colby also served as director of the CIA from 1973 to 1976.

In honor of his commitment to Norwich University and the symposium, the program was named the William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium in 1997.

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