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Old 09-15-2017, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Chasing horses and watching circuses in Atropia.
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This is a great time for me to finally get TV hooked up after the move. I will definitely be watching as Ken Burns, politics aside, usually does good stuff.

i know the Vietnam War and the books that came from it influenced my decision to join the Army in 92.
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Old 09-15-2017, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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<>My last time there was 1969 flying out of Tan Son Nhut airport in Saigon. Almost 50 years ago.
Hmmf. Sadly a lot of guys missed that part.
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Old 09-16-2017, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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The Vietnam War premieres on
Sunday, September 17 at 8 p.m. on PBS.
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Old 09-16-2017, 10:21 AM
 
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Ken Burns
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Old 09-17-2017, 09:45 PM
 
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I enjoyed the first episode.

DVR is set for when I inevitably miss future episodes.
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Old 09-18-2017, 02:36 AM
 
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I enjoyed the first episode.

DVR is set for when I inevitably miss future episodes.
I decided to pick up the DVD (bluray) from Amazon. Would like to learn more about the war. Was kind of young during those years. Father was there for two tours.
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Old 09-18-2017, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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I'll start it, but I'm not sure how much I'll watch. It depends on what it stirs up in me. I served with the 25th Infantry Division in the area around Cu Chi, Tay Ninh, and Dau Tieng. My experience over there is not one the chapters in my life I'm interested in revisiting. Other than the friends I made, there is nothing at all about that year I have positive memories of. It's not that it continued to affect me. To the contrary, I put it behind me and moved on. Haven't even discussed it much, other than with my immediate family and other veterans who were there. In fact I was a career soldier and stayed on active duty for another 14 years after I got back, retiring with 21 years of service.

I've seen several of his films. They're very interesting, thorough, and pretty well balanced if there are political issues associated with the subject. I expect this one will be the same. I'm taking it one episode at a time, and hope to make it all the way through. Based on his other work, I'd say that anyone interested in understanding this chapter of our recent history should watch it.


The first segment was a great history lesson going back to the French occupation, amazing how many lives were wasted from several countries including civilians. Very hard to understand the arrogance of these countries that occupy. Strange how there has been so little conversation on how we got to this point. I also served in the 25th Infantry Division out of Tay Ninh and FSB Rawlings 69-70, 2 year draftee.
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Old 09-18-2017, 05:40 AM
 
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I believe that we did overreact to the threat of communism, Ho Chi Minh just wanted a unified Vietnam which we have today. While you can edit any special to a particular slant there were hundreds of interviews from many people and countries that were involved. I take exception to the title as Ken Burns has in fact done with prior specials on the civil war, dust bowl, baseball, but I'm sure anyone can find fault depending on their opinion.
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Old 09-18-2017, 06:08 AM
 
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What's sad is the number of high school students, college students, and college graduates who believe Nixon got USA into Vietnam. Another sad point is the denial among leftist that returning veterans didn't get called "baby killer" or "murderer" among other attacks.
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Old 09-18-2017, 07:01 AM
 
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I believe that we did overreact to the threat of communism, Ho Chi Minh just wanted a unified Vietnam which we have today. While you can edit any special to a particular slant there were hundreds of interviews from many people and countries that were involved. I take exception to the title as Ken Burns has in fact done with prior specials on the civil war, dust bowl, baseball, but I'm sure anyone can find fault depending on their opinion.

One of the first Vietnam veterans shown that he interviewed states " I hated the Vietnamese". Of 2 million in country veterans he chooses this ones feelings to set the tone for his Documentary.........
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