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The Vietnam War: Local Stories

The Vietnam War

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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides.

Student protesters face down riot police on Route 1, University of Maryland, 1970 (Photo source: University of Maryland Special Collections)

The Vietnam War on Boundary Stones

The Vietnam War era was a contentious period in Greater Washington. Read articles from WETA's local history blog about the impact of the war on our community.

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The Vietnam War: Share Your Story

Share Your Story

How did you experience the events of the Vietnam era? Share your videos, photographs, or just write a short story about your experience.

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A female demonstrator offers a flower to military police on guard at the Pentagon. October 21, 1967 (Source: National Archives and Records Administration)

Vietnam War in Washington Timeline

View a timeline of significant events in the Greater Washington area related to the Vietnam War.

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Life's Second Chances

George Jones III joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17 and volunteered to be a combat medic in Vietnam. After returning from his tour, he became disillusioned with his treatment at home and re-enlisted. A few years later, he developed cancer but he credits luck for his recovery. Today, his work as a wood turner reminds him of the many second chances he’s received throughout his life.

Providing a Touch of Home in Vietnam

Holley Watts' friends used to say, "You're not a guy. You don't have to go." "That's right!" she responded. In 1966-1967 Watts served in the American Red Cross Supplemental Recreation Overseas Activities program. She and other women, who were dubbed "Donut Dollys," provided outreach and a touch of home to American soldiers stationed in Vietnam. 50 years later, Holley reflects on the experience.

Finding My Mother, Finding Myself

Local writer Kim O'Connell discusses her unique family history as the daughter of an American serviceman father and a Vietnamese mother. After coming to the United States in the 1970s, Kim's mother, Huong, was intent on becoming Americanized and raising her children as Americans. As an adult, Kim has felt a pull to connect with her Vietnamese heritage, but that connection has been elusive.

Vietnam in Washington

Vietnam in Washington

Created as a companion piece to the documentary series The Vietnam War, and featuring a moderated panel of scholars, veterans, and civilians, these two 30-minute TV 26 programs examined the Vietnam War's political and cultural impact on Greater Washington.

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The Vietnam War: Buy the DVD

The Vietnam War: Buy the DVD

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