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Vietnam on the Reel-to-Reel

Even though I was a child in the ’60s, I saw how the war was tearing us apart.

Published: September 20, 2017 at 05:30AM

Opinion By JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN… 65 more words


#VietnamWarPBS: Thoughts on "Riding The Tiger" - Episode 2

As a child of the 1970s and 1980s, the word I most associated with the Vietnam War was “quagmire.” In my adolescent mental catalogue of terms, it existed next to quicksand, swamp, and mud. 688 more words

Iwo Jima

Below is a wonderful photograph of my Uncle Bob standing larger than life before the Iwo Jima memorial, in Iwo Jima, in the 1950’s.  On the back of the photograph is handwritten “John Wayne Dahlgren”, no doubt a humorous jab at a man that entered the military underaged and later served in four of the five branches of the armed forces. 62 more words


'In the Shadow of the Banyan Tree' by Vaddey Ratner

In 1975 – when Vaddey Ratner’s harrowing tale of her life in Cambodia begins – I was a year out of college. Free of the Vietnam War (if not its consequences), happily immersed in sexual liberation and cocaine-fueled rock and disco, we partied like there was no tomorrow. 346 more words

Peace & Violence

Letters from Viet Nam, 1969-1970

My brother Roger Clausen was an Army 101st Airborne door-gunner on a Huey helicopter stationed at Quang Tri near the border between North and South Vietnam, the so-called “demilitarized zone”. 1,667 more words

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PBS The Vietnam War: “Riding the Tiger” (1961-1963)

Read historian Christian G. Appy’s thoughtful review of episode #2 of Burns & Novick’s The Vietnam War documentary: “Riding the Tiger” (1961-1963)