Suffolk County Historical Society: ‘Reflections on the Vietnam War’ / January 19



A Veteran’s Reflections on the Vietnam War

A presentation by Jim “Zak” Szakmary

Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 1:00 PM

Members Free; Non-Members $5
Incudes wine & cheese + admission to current exhibits!

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When Zak signed up for a three-year enlistment with the Marine Corps in 1967, the United States was already well embroiled in the Vietnam War. A native of Queens and a college student at the time, he set off for the jungles of Southeast Asia to fight in a difficult war. During his 13-month tour, he documented his day-to-day life whenever he had access to a camera, capturing images of the Vietnamese countryside, the people he encountered, and his fellow Marines. Fifty-plus years later, he shares these images and describes his experiences.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: A native of Queens, NY, Jim “Zak” Szakmary is a longtime volunteer with the William Floyd Estate and the Suffolk County Historical Society. After retiring from his job as an air-traffic controller, he returned to college in 2009, earning a bachelor’s degree in European history from Stony Brook University in 2013, and a master’s in liberal arts from Empire College in 2018. Zak is also on the board of the Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies.


The Suffolk County Historical Society hosts lectures and book discussions by noted local historians and authors on subjects related to Long Island’s rich history. Lectures are held in our beautiful Noel J. Gish Gallery. Visit our website for our complete Event Schedule.


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