Academic journal article Film & History

BIOGRAPHY: Adrian Cronauer

Academic journal article Film & History

BIOGRAPHY: Adrian Cronauer

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Adrian Cronauer is Conference Speaker!

A good friend of Film & History is Adrian Cronauer, a man whose "life" was captured in the Robin Williams/Barry Levinson film Good Morning, Vietnam (1987). Veteran, communications lawyer, POW/MIA expert, his varied career makes him the perfect keynote speaker for our conference on "War in Film, TV, and History."

Former U.S. Air Force sergeant Adrian Cronauer coauthored the original story for the major motion picture, Good Morning, Vietnam! In that film, Cronauer was portrayed-loosely-by Robin Williams whose performance was nominated for an Academy Award. A subsequent special program on National Public Radio about the role of military radio in Vietnam earned Cronauer a 1992 Ohio State Award and two 1991 Gold Medals from the New York Radio Festival.

He is a life member of the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, the VFW and VietNow. He serves as a national officer of the Knights Templar, is an honorary Kentucky Colonel, and a member of the Australian Returned & Services League. Recently, he was awarded the Order of St. Maurice by the U.S. Infantry Reserve. He spends much of his spare time speaking throughout the country before veterans and military groups espousing patriotism and flag protection and averaging fifteen to twenty such engagements per year.

In 1992, he was invited to Australia to participate in the dedication of that country's Vietnam Forces National Memorial. While there, he emceed a four-hour, nationally televised, outdoor concert featuring Aussie entertainers who went to Vietnam during the 60's and 70's to entertain the troops from "Down Under."

A popular after-dinner speaker and lecturer, Cronauer periodically appears as a guest on radio and television talk shows, including NBC-TV's Today; the PBS series, Freedom Speaks; Hennity & Colmes on the Fox News Channel, and frequent appearances on ABC-TV's former late night talk show, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher; also, numerous stints on NBC Radio's Jim Bohanan Show; and the Oliver North and G. Gordon Liddy radio programs. His commentaries have been featured in many major newspapers throughout the country and on the NPR Radio Network.

Previously a senior partner with the five-lawyer Washington DC firm of Burch & Cronauer, he is now Special Assistant to the Director of the Pentagon's POW/MIA Office. …

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