Thomas McKenna has written on military history for several magazines and also the book "Kontum, the Battle to Save South Vietnam."
The book -- which he wrote using a combination of firsthand experience, interviews, and research -- also won him the 2013 William E. Colby Award from Norwich University at their writing symposium, which will be held next week.
LTC McKenna, USA (Ret) served as a military adviser to the South Vietnamese Army of the Republic of Vietnam and has published articles on military history in "Vietnam," "Military Officer," and "Military Heritage" magazines.
During his 22 years of service, McKenna served a total of 12 ½ years overseas in Germany, Italy, Korea, and Vietnam. His book "Kontum: The Battle to Save South Vietnam" is a non-fiction military history based on his second tour in Vietnam.
Assigned as a military adviser to the 23rd Division, McKenna participated in the battle of Kontum and in his book combines his personal experiences with years of interviews and research from primary sources to describe the events leading up to the invasion and the battle itself.
Named for the late Ambassador and former CIA Director William E. Colby, the Colby Award recognizes a first work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a significant contribution to the public's understanding of intelligence operations, military history or international affairs.