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February 22, 2013

DWU history professor publishes four articles in military encyclopedia

MITCHELL — Dr. Sean J. Flynn, professor of history at Dakota Wesleyan University, is the author of four articles in the recently released “Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U.S. Military: An Encyclopedia,” published by ABC-CLIO and edited by Alexander M. Bielakowski, associate professor of history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

Two of Flynn’s articles recount the contributions of Puerto Rican servicemen in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, while another chronicles the career of one of Puerto Rico’s great soldiers, General Juan Cesar Cordero-Davila. The fourth article is devoted to the career of Flynn’s father, Lt. Col. John P. “Pat” Flynn, a Rosebud Sioux tribal member and the subject of Flynn’s book, “Chief, Marine Corps Warrior.”

Flynn considers “Puerto Rico and the Vietnam War” the most important of the four articles.

“It is rare that an encyclopedia entry contributes anything original to the discipline of history,” Flynn said. “But since the U.S. Armed Forces were fully integrated in Vietnam, tracking and chronicling the experiences of an ethnic or racial group in Vietnam can be pretty challenging.  Most Puerto Ricans in the Korean War served in the segregated 65th Infantry Regiment, making it somewhat easier to collect material on that topic. Such was not the case for Vietnam, and hence very little has been published in English or Spanish on the experiences of Puerto Ricans in the Vietnam War. Hopefully my article will inspire students and young scholars to develop that untold story of the war.”

In addition to “Chief, Marine Corps Warrior,” Flynn has authored two more books on military history, “An Engineer’s War” and “Mission to Germany.” He has been a professor of history at DWU since 1999


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