The Bess Jenkins Club heard a presentation on Vietnam by Phillip H. McMath, an award-winning author, playwright, historian, and an attorney. The club met Oct. 11 at the Pine Bluff Country Club.


Program Chairwoman Norma Caldwell introduced McMath, who retired from the Woods-McMath Law Firm in Little Rock. He is the son of the former Gov. Sid McMath.


McMath is a veteran of the Vietnam War where he served as a Marine First-Lieutenant in the First Tank Battalion, First Marine Division. He received the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Ribbon, and Vietnam Campaign Ribbon. He was promoted to Captain in the Marine Reserve.


McMath discussed the Vietnam War as part of the club’s theme of study, “Events That Changed and Influenced America.” He gave a history of the country of Vietnam and described its beautiful and scenic landscape. The land was filled with beautiful mountains, lush tropics, and wonderful beaches.


He told how China, France, Japan, and the United States were all involved in the war in Vietnam at some time from the mid 1940s to the mid 1970s. He said that more than 58,000 Americans lost their lives, and many others were injured. The North and South Vietnamese also suffered much loss of life and many injuries.


During the Bess Jenkins Club gathering, the meeting was called to order by President Lela R. Murray. Sue Merritt, secretary, read the minutes and Connie Kitchens gave the treasurer’s report.


Two guests were introduced: Frances Moore from Hot Springs and Mrs. Steve Matthews from Pine Bluff.


After the program, the meeting was adjourned. The tables were dressed in white tablecloths and centered with Halloween and fall decorations. The hostesses were Jeanette McGrew, Helen Campbell, Barbara Joseph, and Helen Clement.