Noted Speaker to Share War Experiences

By Laura Nelson

Just in time to commemorate Veteran’s Day, renowned WWII veteran, journalist, and radio and TV personality Charles Wiley returns to the area to hold a series of free, public lectures in Eagle Pass and Uvalde.

In Eagle Pass on Thursday, November 10, he will hold a lecture entitled “WWII: When All Americans Went to War.” The event will take place on the Sul Ross Rio Grande College campus (3107 Bob Rogers Dr.) in room D113 from 9-10 a.m.

Later that day, beginning at 11:30 a.m., the First State Bank will host Mr. Wiley in Uvalde inside the McNelly Room at the main branch located at 200 E. Nopal St. The topic will be “At 90: A WWII Veteran and Journalist Looks Back . . . and Ahead.”

On Saturday, Nov. 12, he will present a motivational seminar in Uvalde entitled “Living Life to the Fullest.” The event will be held from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. inside the auditorium on the RGC Uvalde campus at 2623 Garner Field Rd. Attendees are asked to RSVP for the free catered lunch. To reserve your seat, call Paulette Harris at 830.279.3023 or email her at

A world traveler, Wiley reaches thousands of students every year throughout the U.S. Last year, he also spoke at universities in Russia and France and is currently putting together material for two books. He has traveled the world and covered 11 wars while reporting for a variety of news outlets.

All of the events are free and open to the public. Plan now to join the Rio Grande College community and hear Charles Wiley share his experiences as a soldier, a reporter, and explorer.