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Zero to Hero: From Bullied Kid to Warrior, the Story of Medal of Honor Recipient Allen Lynch POSTPONED

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UIS Speaker Series | Co-Sponsored by the John Holtz Memorial Lecture fund, UIS Department of Veteran Affairs, and the Friends of Brookens Library
Brookens Auditorium
Apr 15, 2020   6:00 pm  
Allen J. Lynch
Event is free and open to the public
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ECCE Speaker Series Community Calendar

POSTPONED due to COVID-19 Spend an evening with Medal of Honor recipient Allen J. Lynch, and hear about his memoir Zero to Hero that features life lessons from bullies on the playground in the 1950s, to the enemy on the battlefield in Vietnam, to the demons of PTSD he’s battled since. Lynch is a native of Illinois, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and a Medal of Honor recipient, with a lifelong career of devoted service to U.S military veterans.  His story will speak to all of us — one doesn’t have to be a war hero to be wounded by life, and “Al” shows us the stuff of which heroes are made.  As one of 80 Medal of Honor recipients alive today, come and experience his story live, not just on the pages of his book.


Allen Lynch has spent his life serving his fellow veterans with the Federal Veterans Administration as well as the Illinois state government veterans department. He also served with the US Army Reserve and the Illinois National Guard until reaching mandatory retirement in 1994.  Allen served with Company D, 1st Battalion of the 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) from 31 May 1967 until 1 June 1968.  He had been "in-country" for six months when the action took place that would result in his receiving the Medal of Honor.  The recognition of his conspicuous gallantry and selfless service to others on that day would be the catalyst for a life of service to others.  He and his wife, Susan, have three children and are now blessed with six grandchildren.

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