Author Tim O'Brian, who wrote some of the most powerful and moving stories to come of the Vietnam War, has been chosen to receive a lifetime achievement award for his work.
O'Brien, an Army infantryman with the 3rd platoon, Company A, 5th Battalion, 23rd Infantry during the war, has been awarded the 2012 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. The international honor was named the Dayton Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award, but was renamed for Holbrooke, the career US diplomat who died last year.
O'Brian's "The Things They Carried" is a haunting collection of stories about soldiers in Vietnam and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. "If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home" has been called the single greatest work to come out the Vietnam War.
O'Brian, who is now 65, was born in Austin Minnesota and now lives and teaches in Texas.
The award is meant to recognize the power of literature in promoting peace and global understanding.