Vietnam veteran from Omaha profiled in book

“All They Left Behind: Legacies of the Men and Women on the Wall” by Lisa Lark, published by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and M.T. Publishing Co. ($37.50), was released in late 2012 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, or the Wall, in Washington, D.C.

The book has 61 profiles of Vietnam War heroes, including Miguel Keith of Omaha, who died May 8, 1970. The Medal of Honor recipient was severely wounded more than once but relentlessly attacked the enemy, allowing his Marine platoon to rout a superior force.

There are 396 names from Nebraska on the memorial. The 61 profiles in the book and thousands of others will be featured at the memorial's Education Center, planned for a 2014 opening.

On the Calendar

Author presentation: Jeff McArthur, author of “Pro Bono — The 18-Year Defense of Caril Ann Fugate,” 3 p.m. today, Bennett Martin Public Library, 14th and N Streets, Lincoln.

Book discussion: I Should Have Read That in School classics group, “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Bookworm in Countryside Village, 87th and Pacific Streets.

Author presentation: Brian Bogdanoff, author of “Three Bodies Burning,” 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Florence Library, 2920 Bondesson St.

Book discussion: Wednesday Bookworms, “Major Pettigrew's Last Stand” by Helen Simonson, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Bookworm.

Book sale: Friends of the Omaha Public Library, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Swanson Library, 9101 West Dodge Road.

Book discussion: Amiable Adult Readers Discussing Books Almost Always Read by Kids, “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making” by Catherynne Valente, 6 p.m. Thursday, the Bookworm.

Workshop: E-reader orientation, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Springfield Memorial Library, 665 Main St., Springfield.

Book signing: Leo Adam Biga, author of “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film — A Reporter's Perspective,” 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 13th Street Coffee & Tea, 519 S. 13th St.

Workshop: “How to Write Your Book” with Sandra Wendel and Lisa Pelto, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Metropolitan Community College Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista. ($29, register at www.mccneb.edu/ce or 402-457-5231.)

Book discussion: Sherlock Holmes Book Club, “The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter,” 10 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.

Book signing: David Von Drehle, author of “Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year,” 1 p.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.

Books and Bagels: “Twenty Thirty: The Real Story of What Happens to America” by Albert Brooks, 11 a.m. Jan. 13, the Bookworm. (Pre-register with the store.)

— Events are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1067, carol.bicak@owh.com

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