Vietnam War Stories

Vietnam War Stories re-aired Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

Vietnam War Stories
Vietnam War veterans recount and reflect on their experiences of the conflict.

About the Program

"You have put together a very powerful, honest, gut-wrenching portrayal of the Vietnam veteran and let us tell it in our own words." Howard Sherpe, Vietnam veteran

Members of the U.S. Army's 23rd Division share a moment of camaraderie in the field in 1969.Members of the U.S. Army's 23rd Division share a moment of camaraderie in the field in 1969.Tom Schober

Telling emotional stories that haven’t been heard before, Vietnam War veterans recount their experiences in this one-hour television documentary. Vietnam War Stories presents a portrait of the war told entirely from the perspective of veterans, who reflect on their memories of the conflict from five decades ago. For many service members, these experiences still feel like they happened yesterday. Members of the U.S. Army's 23rd Division share a moment of camaraderie in the field in 1969.

More than 100 veterans from all branches of the U.S. armed services were interviewed by producer Mik Derks for the program. They share moving stories of triumph and loss in the field of duty, of sacrificing nearly everything on the battlefield, and of the strong bond of brotherhood and companionship in the ranks. Archival video, historical photography and maps evoke the stark imagery of the war alongside the veterans’ stories.

This is not the story of the Vietnam War, but of the men and women who went to Southeast Asia to serve their country. In the voices of a few resonate the stories — each unique, each profound — of the three million who served, the ones who didn’t return and those who passed away before their stories could be told.

 

Vietnam War Stories was produced by Mik Derks.

Watch more than three hours of expanded content, explore modern portraits of Vietnam veterans and find educational resources about the Vietnam War at wpt.org/wisconsinstories/vietnam/.

 

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