Robert M. Craig edits and contributes to new volume of memoirs

17 Feb 2019 1:00 AM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

Robert M. Craig, Professor Emeritus (Architectural History), Georgia Tech, has edited and contributed essays and a poem to Red Rivers in a Yellow Field: Memoirs of the Vietnam Era published by Hellgate Press. The book is an illustrated anthology of memoirs written by 34 military veterans of the Vietnam Era, and includes (among Craig’s several contributions) an essay by Craig on the Vietnam Wall. Professor Craig (Lt, USN), served from 1968-70 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid (CVS-11), now a national historic landmark and docked in New York as the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. As part of the historic ship museum’s permanent exhibit on the life of sailors aboard the (now 75-year old) carrier, curators have recently reinstated features of the mess decks, which Craig redesigned in 1969-70 as theme rooms, including a western room and “French café.” The carrier had just returned from three deployments in Vietnam, and Craig’s rehabilitation effort was recognized at the time in the Ney Award competition, which judged Intrepid’s food service operations the best among the Navy’s large ships afloat world-wide. Craig’s efforts (worthy of Corporal Klinger or Mr. Roberts) are today referenced on a kiosk at the ship museum and are recounted in one of Craig’s essays in Red Rivers entitled “Interior Decorator for a Warship.”