Vietnam War

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Vietnam: The Rochester Experience

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Vietnam: The Rochester Experience Stories:
Tom Richards had to make a decision after graduating from college. It was 1965, and the Vietnam War was being fought. He could have applied for...
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As Miguel Llano puts it, for much of his young life, he was stuck between different worlds. He was born in Puerto Rico but was raised in Ontario...
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Serving as a soldier in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War was not a happy experience for Juil Robinson Jr. “It was basically, in my opinion, it...
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As a child, Ginny Nguyen went from a life of privilege in Vietnam to one of poverty in the United States. Through hard work, she and her family...
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“The military experience was something that I looked at as a calling,” John White said. “So my intention all through school was to join the armed...
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For Ken Moore, the hardest part about serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War didn’t even happen there. “This country was a disaster when we...
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During the Vietnam War, Lam Le served in the South Vietnamese navy, working on a ship to support the combat troops on the ground. Everything changed...
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Max and Henrietta Levine met more than 70 years ago on a blind date — but it wasn’t with each other. “Some other guy was my date,” Henrietta Levine...
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In the 1960s, Stirlin Harris was living as a landed immigrant in Canada. And once his draft notice came through, he decided that he was going to stay...
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Tai Le was 6 years old when he almost died. It was 1968, and he and his family could hear the sounds of war outside their home in Saigon, Vietnam....
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“I was not what you would call an activist during Vietnam. I was what you would call a Republican fundamentalist.” During the Vietnam War, Pat Mannix...
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When you think of an anti-war protester, what comes to mind? Students, carrying signs? The word “hippie?” So-called leftists? In the 1960s, George...
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Doug Escher’s 8-year-old grandson, Rafael, calls him “Pow.” He also calls him his hero. “We went to one of his plays in the morning,” Escher said,...
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Many years before he became known as Brother Wease to local radio fans, Alan Levin made a big decision. It was 1966. He was 19. One of his best...
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After completing U.S. Army basic and medical training in 1969, Barry Culhane had orders to be sent to Vietnam. He was ready. “I'd already written my...
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Paul Good was 19 when he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. Less than two months after he arrived in country, he was killed. “In many ways,”...
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A doughnut almost led to disaster while Brent Downing was serving with the U.S. Navy's Seabees during the Vietnam War. He was on a mortar crew, which...
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During this special broadcast from The Little Theatre, we delve into the history of the Vietnam War with members of the Vietnamese community. It’s a...
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During this special broadcast from The Little Theatre, we delve into the history of the Vietnam War with veterans and activists. It’s a preview of...
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Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick believe now is the time to turn back to the Vietnam War. They say to understand war, we need the passage of time...
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This Memorial Day, we hear from two local veterans who served our country during the Vietnam War, and who are now serving Gold Star families in...
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The bright sun and warm temperatures this Memorial Day reminded everyone at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park that summer is right...
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Video Tour of Vietnam Veternas Memorial & Interviews with Veterans
The Vietnam War claimed 58,000 American lives, and a small community in Orleans County had what officials there believe was one of the highest death...
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