Veterans for Peace members to offer “Erasing the Battle Lines” program at AU

Mary Powell

11/07/2019 ASHLAND, Ohio -- Veterans for Peace members Mary Reynolds Powell and Ian Y. Yee will present “Erasing the Battle Lines: Finding a Path to Peace on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Trustees Room of the John C. Myers Convocation Center at Ashland University.  This event is sponsored by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will include a selection of letters from those who have been impacted by American wars: friend and foe, civilian and military. Following this, Powell and Yee will share their personal journeys from their military experiences to Veterans for Peace. A question-and-answer period will follow.

Powell graduated from Columbia University School of Nursing in August 1969 and then served a two-year tour as a captain at the 24th Evacuation Hospital at Long Binh, Vietnam.  In April 2000, Powell released A World of Hurt: Between Innocence and Arrogance in Vietnam, an account of her own experience in Vietnam and the stories of several friends who served with her. Powell also has lectured at high schools and colleges and has spoken to professional, religious and civic groups around the country.     

Yee earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy after receiving his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy. During his active duty enlistment, he deployed twice to the Middle East/Southwest Asia/Arabian Gulf/Persian Gulf. His sister also was a U.S. Air Force officer who was deployed during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.


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