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Old 08-07-2017, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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The Vietnam War | A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick | PBS

Looking forward to the series especially since my father contributed through an interview. Burns does good work for PBS.

Today's millennials and younger probably don't have a clue like many of us didn't care to learn about our previous generation's history.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:40 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Ken Burns is a well known American filmmaker known for his filming style in documentaries.

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Premieres Sunday September 17, 2017 at 8/7c

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour 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.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:24 AM
 
Location: USA
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I'll watch, and for bias also thank you very much. Vietnam was a military victory, but a political loss. Those soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines were brave, and should not have been treated the way they were by the LEFT when they got home.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:53 AM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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I'd actually like to go back and visit. I know some oldster friends who have actually retired in Vietnam. My last time there was 1969 flying out of Tan Son Nhut airport in Saigon. Almost 50 years ago.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, FL; formerly Weston, FL
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I'll watch, and for bias also thank you very much. Vietnam was a military victory, but a political loss. Those soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines were brave, and should not have been treated the way they were by the LEFT when they got home.
Agree 1000%. That treatment ranks as one of the most shameful in our country's history. So many, if not the majority of those soldiers didn't have a choice due to the draft. They fought and represented our country in battle. For some reason, so many couldn't separate what these soldiers did, versus the public's lack of support for the war. It's appalling.

And when I buy something new to add to my wardrobe, I can't help but feel the irony in seeing the "Made In Vietnam" label. We fought against these people due to our fear of communism spreading in the region. And yet good ol' fashioned Yankee capitalism made headway there. In a way, we did win. I don't think LBJ would have ever thought of such a thing happening, if he were alive today.

I'm looking forward to watching the documentary too.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Rathdrum, ID
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...Vietnam was a military victory, but a political loss.
Huh??? A "military victory" for who? The United States?

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Those soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines were brave, and should not have been treated the way they were by the LEFT when they got home.
I did not experience this. My "homecoming" was a 'non-event'.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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I"m looking forward to watching this, if it is anything like the documentary he did on the "Civil War" it will be worth watching.
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Old 08-07-2017, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Middletown, DE
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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.
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Old 08-07-2017, 02:17 PM
 
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I'd actually like to go back and visit. I know some oldster friends who have actually retired in Vietnam. My last time there was 1969 flying out of Tan Son Nhut airport in Saigon. Almost 50 years ago.
I forgot where I ran across this but I found some site that has pictures of what many of the old FSB's look like today. Obviously many were just reclaimed by jungle. 69/70
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:54 PM
 
Location: The South
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Agree 1000%. That treatment ranks as one of the most shameful in our country's history. So many, if not the majority of those soldiers didn't have a choice due to the draft. They fought and represented our country in battle. For some reason, so many couldn't separate what these soldiers did, versus the public's lack of support for the war. It's appalling.

And when I buy something new to add to my wardrobe, I can't help but feel the irony in seeing the "Made In Vietnam" label. We fought against these people due to our fear of communism spreading in the region. And yet good ol' fashioned Yankee capitalism made headway there. In a way, we did win. I don't think LBJ would have ever thought of such a thing happening, if he were alive today.

I'm looking forward to watching the documentary too.
Not exactly correct.
VIETNAM WAR STATISTICS
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