WWII Veteran Charles Wiley to speak in Uvalde

Charles Wiley

Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College and the First State Bank of Uvalde are holding a public lecture by noted World War II veteran, Charles Wiley.

Wiley will speak in the McNelly Room at the First State Bank of Uvalde located at 200 E. Nopal St. on Friday, Nov. 6, from 11 a.m.-12:30.

Wiley, a veteran international reporter, has lectured in 50 states and on six continents. Every year, he speaks at dozens of colleges, high schools and reaches youth audiences throughout the country. Included are annual talks, since 1991, at the University of California, Berkeley (up to 800 students) and to almost 2000 of the country’s top high school seniors at Boy’s State in New Jersey and Wisconsin.

While reporting from 100 countries, his search for facts led to his arrest eight times by secret police, including the KGB, and imprisonment in a Cuban dungeon while he was a correspondent for New York City radio station WOR. Wiley has covered 11 wars, four times in Vietnam, including reporting for NBC, UPI, the London Express and numerous other U.S. and foreign news media.

A graduate of New York University, his freelance articles and photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and Time. A well-known radio/TV talk-show personality, he has appeared on hundreds of network and local programs, including many times on CNN Crossfire and C-Span.

Wiley lectured, and resided on campus, in China (Jinan University, Guangzhou), Russia (Leningrad University & Moscow State University) and elsewhere abroad, including Germany, Australia, South Africa, Colombia, Taiwan, Luxembourg, Thailand, Belarus, Namibia and Albania.

He helped establish guidelines for a free press in Mongolia, was a speaker for the White House Public Outreach Group, lectured in New Zealand at the Civil Defence Academy and played a major role at international conferences in Great Britain and Italy.

Wiley frequently addresses military audiences in the USA and abroad including the Naval War College, the Defense Intelligence Agency school, the Air Force school for its top NCO’s, the Navy Postgraduate School, CincPac, the UK intelligence school and many others. He was the keynote speaker at a Jane’s two-day conference in Washington on homeland defense and terrorism.

He went into Afghanistan, with the mujahedeen, during the war against the Soviet Union. Later, during a tour of Kosovo, his visits to troops from many nations included the Russian 13th Tactical Group.

Wiley served in the Pacific during World War II. He has taught a life-style seminar at five colleges and had a very successful 13-year show business career.