On Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m., the Camden Public Library welcomes photographer and journalist David H. Lyman for an online program that will describe how he came to write a memoir about his time in Vietnam, and provide strategies to help people unwrap their own stories.
The program will be hosted on Zoom. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a link to attend.
Many war veterans and non-vets have tales from their lives that go untold. Lyman’s book, Seabee71 in Chu Lai: Memoir of a Navy Journalist with a Mobile Construction Battalion, was published in 2019 and discusses the fourteen months he spent with Military Construction Battalion 71 as the editor of the unit’s monthly newspaper. His unit spent 7 months in Chu Lai as they engineered the infrastructure of war — roads, runways, heliports and base camps for troops on the edges of the conflict.
During his time in Vietnam, Lyman was shot at, almost blown up by a road mine, spent nights in a mortar pit as rockets bombarded a nearby Marine runway, and rode along on convoys through Viet Cong territory to photograph the villages outside “The Wire,” according to the library, in a news release. The stories and photographs in Lyman’s book are from the battalion’s newspaper, from memory, and from recent conversations with shipmates.
Lyman has a long career as an entrepreneur, sailor, storyteller, and memoir writer. In 1973, he founded the Maine Photographic Workshops, a school for photographers, filmmakers, and writers located in Rockport. He was the school’s director for thirty-four years, and the school continues today as Maine Media Workshops and College.
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