Oral Histories: Witness to War, Vietnam

by NinaShelton

C-SPAN3's American History TV
Oral Histories: Witness to War, Vietnam

American History TV continues its five-week series of interviews with Vietnam War veterans. The Witness to War Foundation conducted these interviews.

Tom Beaty

Founder and managing director of the Witness to War Foundation Tom Beaty describes the combat veteran interviews in their Vietnam War collection. He also discussed the foundation’s mission and origins.


Charlie McMahon

Vietnam War veteran Charlie McMahon talks about his Marine Corps service, his chance meeting in Vietnam with journalist Catherine LeRoy, and his time with “CAP,” the Combined Action Program which placed him in a village to live and work with the local Vietnamese. 


John Walker

Vietnam War veteran John Walker talkes about his service as a helicopter mechanic during the war and his struggle with post traumatic stress disorder. 


Dennis Haines

U.S. Army veteran Dennis Haines talks about his experiences during the Vietnam War. He recounts the moments before he was shot --twice in the head -- and his long recovery. He also remembers an assault in which he lost his close friend.


Tom Reilly

Veteran Tom Reilly talks about his Vietnam War service, including his time as an Army radio operator and a war correspondent for the Stars and Stripes newspaper. He also describes his close encounters with a land mine and a hand grenade.

James & Tuy-Cam Bullington

U.S. State Department foreign service officer James Bullington was assigned to Vietnam during the war. It was there he met his future wife, Tuy-Cam, a foreign service national, who served as his translator. The Bullingtons talk about their time in Vietnam, including the 1966 burning of the U.S. consulate in Hue. They also describe how Mr. Bullington disguised himself as a French priest when they were trapped behind enemy lines during the first days of the 1968 Tet Offensive. 


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