Archive - July 19, 2019

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Jonathan R. C. Green (Thailand) has published FIGHTING MALARIA ON THE RIVER KWAI
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Peace Corps Documentary World Premier: A TOWERING TASK

Jonathan R. C. Green (Thailand) has published FIGHTING MALARIA ON THE RIVER KWAI

  During World War II, 12,000 Allied prisoners of war died while constructing a bridge over the river Kwai in western Thailand, and then a railway through the thick jungles of the Kwai Valley all the way to Burma. Decades later, during the Vietnam War, Jonathan R.C. Green enlisted as a medic in the U.S. Army, expecting to take care of wounded Americans and Asians, but was kept in a Stateside assignment instead, much to his frustration. So, shortly before his enlistment expired, he applied for the Peace Corps and asked to serve in Southeast Asia. Six weeks after leaving the Army, he arrived in Thailand as a Peace Corps Volunteer. His job assignment was to fight malaria by controlling the mosquito populations in remote jungle villages in the valley of the infamous River Kwai. Besides the hazards posed by snakes, scorpions and centipedes in the jungle, he ran the . . .

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Peace Corps Documentary World Premier: A TOWERING TASK

    Peace Corps Documentary World Premier — A Towering Task: The Peace Corps and a Mission of World Peace   Save the date to join the Peace Corps community for the gala premiere of A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps on September 22nd at The REACH at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Watch your inbox in mid-August for details about the premier and how to reserve your tickets. The event will feature Third Goal activities for the whole family and is co-hosted by The Kennedy Center and NPCA. Narrated by Annette Bening, A Towering Task takes viewers on a journey of what it means to be a global citizen from Peace Corps’ founding under John F. Kennedy, through tough times during the Vietnam War and a surprising revival during the Reagan administration, to today’s Peace Corps Volunteers serving at the forefront of some of the most . . .

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