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Stories of Service: Memories of Vietnam

Memories of Vietnam

In conjunction with the landmark series The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Public Media Connect – ThinkTV and CET – asked the community to submit their own stories about how they were impacted by The Vietnam War. We also did a series of mini-documentaries featuring the stories of people from Southwest Ohio as part of this project. As those videos are complete, they’ll be featured below:

Rick Williams & Tony Jensen

Rick Williams & Tony Jensen

Two veterans' paths crossed 47 years ago. Rick Williams and Tony Jensen both served in Vietnam at the same time, in the same place, but do not discover it for 42 years.

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James Miller Story 1

James Miller Story 1

Jim flew a Huey helicopter, an armed transport or slicks inserting troops and supplies into the battle zone and picking up the wounded and dead.

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James Miller Story 2

James Miller Story 2

Jim flew a Huey helicopter, an armed transport or slicks inserting troops and supplies into the battle zone and picking up the wounded and dead.

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Tom and Meihwa Neal

Tom and Meihwa Neal

Tom and Meihwa were in South Vietnam as volunteers with various aid organizations. They provided goods and services to many of the outlying villages. Desperate for a way out of South Vietnam in April

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Dr. Kristin Rodzinka

Dr. Kristin Rodzinka

Dr. Kristin Rodzinka is the PTSD Programs Manager with the Dayton Veterans Association. She defines and outlines PTSD and discusses ways in which Vietnam Veterans may differ from current war veterans.

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Hong and Tong

Hong and Tong

Tong flew C47 and C119 cargo planes for the South Vietnamese Air Force. He was trained in the United States. After the fall of Saigon, he was imprisoned in a hard-labor camp for 10 years.

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Lt. Col. Paul Kari

Lt. Col. Paul Kari

Paul was an elite fighter pilot who represented the United States against all European NATO countries in a gunnery meet and won; bringing the trophy to the United States.

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Joseph Guy LaPointe, Jr.

Joseph Guy LaPointe, Jr.

Joseph Guy LaPointe, Jr. was a conscientious objector and became an Army Aidman, or Medic. On June 2, 1969, his patrol encountered heavy fire and Joseph ran forward, through the fire to assist.

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Abby Auclair

Abby Auclair

Abby voluntarily joined the Army, it was in her blood, her father was career Army. She graduated nursing school and was assigned to the 85th EVAC hospital in Vietnam.

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Michael DeHart, Story 1

Michael DeHart, Story 1

On May 14, 1969, Michael’s platoon was doing reconnaissance and encountered an enemy force. There were 20 to 30 yards separating the two.

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Michael DeHart, Story 2

Michael DeHart, Story 2

Michael was in an Infantry reconnaissance platoon and on April 10, 1969, they were in the field checking on a reported large bundle.

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Dayton National Cemetery Honor Squad

Dayton National Cemetery Honor Squad

Dayton National Cemetery was established as the permanent burial site for residents of the Central Branch of the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in 1867.

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