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January 25, 2010


Professor discusses life as a Korean War commando

Photo: John Connor
John Connor

John Connor, a Sacramento State emeritus anthropology professor and senior Fulbright scholar, will discuss his role as a commando during the Korean War 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the University Library’s Petris Room.

Connor is the author of a new book, Let Slip the Dogs of War (Merriam Press 2008), which captures his Korean War memories.

During the war, Connor was a member of an elite all-volunteer commando unit formed by General Douglas McArthur in 1950 and trained to blow up railroad bridges and tunnels behind enemy lines. Connor says about half of the original members of his unit—similar to today’s special forces – survived to return home in 1951.

His presentation is part of a new series of informal talks by faculty and other authors sponsored by the Friends of the University Library. The talks are free and open to the public.

For more information on the talk, or other talks in the series, contact Sally Hitchcock, the Library’s coordinator for community outreach, at 278-5954 or


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