Stephanie Cannon '06
January 21, 2016 10:18 AM
updated: January 21, 2016 10:25 AM
After a career of over 20 years in the Army, Michael Lee Lanning, known as Lee, went on to publish 20 books of military history, some of which have become primary reference sources for historical military operations in Vietnam. He has appeared on the History Channel, NPR, and on CBS. His books have been or are on the Commandant’s Reading List at the Infantry Center, Armor School, Command and General Staff College, War College, Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Marine Corps, as well as being on the reading lists for college courses throughout the country.
Lee continues to write a book entitled Texas Aggies in Vietnam: War Stories currently in the process of publication. On November 20, 2015 he donated various research materials, memorabilia, and other source material covering Vietnam military history that he has used in his writings to the collections at Cushing Memorial Library at A&M. The Michael Lee Lanning Collection dedication ceremony was held at Cushing, with quite a few of Lee’s Classmates, particularly his “Spider D” pals, in attendance. The accompanying photograph was taken at the donation ceremony, and is of Lee and his Company D-1 “Spider D” Class of ’68 Classmates.