W/M Rotary learns about author’s second book ‘Backtracking in Brown Water’

In Rolland Kidder’s second published book, “Backtracking in Brown Water. Retracing Life on Mekong Delta River Patrols,” Kidder journeys back to the rivers and canals of South Vietnam. He recounts life aboard patrol boats in the heart of the Mekong Delta and interviews the families of three friends lost in the fighting back in 1969.

From 1994 to 2001, Kid-der served as a Presiden-tial-appointed Commis-sioner of the American Battle Monuments Com-mittee and was a member of its World War II Memorial Committee, which was responsible for finding a site and selecting a design for the National World War II Memorial. Again appointed to serve on the ABMC by President Obama in 2010, he also is a director of Friends of the National World War II Memorial, a Washington-based non-profit organization.

A Navy Vietnam War veteran, “Rolly,” as he is called by friends, also authored “A Hometown Went to War,” an oral history of 37 veterans describing their experiences during World War II.

Kidder served as a New York State Assemblyman from 1975-1982, operated his own Appalachian-based natural gas drilling company from 1984-1994 and worked in an investment advisory firm for 10 years. Most recently, he was the executive director of the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.

“Backtracking in Brown Water” is now available in hardcover, paperback and eBook editions.