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    Nothing Ever Dies and The Sympathizer

    Viet than Nguyen talked about his two books Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War and The Sympathizer: A Novel. He spoke at the 2016 Wisconsin Book Festival, held at the Central…

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    Silver Star Medal Recipients

    Two Silver Star recipients spoke about their experiences in the Vietnam War and Korean War. The Silver Star is the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to a member…

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    Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection

    Janet Donlin presented a selection of objects left at the Vietnam Memorial Wall, including letters, photographs, artwork, and medals. The collection includes about 400,000 items, all stored…

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    A Nation Builds Under Fire

    A 1966 U.S. Army film from the “Big Picture” series that features efforts in Vietnam to build a civil society in the midst of war. The program is introduced by Vice President Hubert…

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    Impact of Agent Orange

    Susan Hammond and Jaquelyn Chagnon talked about the continuing impact of the U.S. military’s widespread use of Agent Orange as a defoliant during the Vietnam War. They used slides as they shared their…

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    Last Stand at Khe Sanh

    Gregg Jones talked about his book Last Stand at Khe Sanh: The U.S. Marines' Finest Hour in Vietnam, in which he explores the U.S. Marines' battle at Khe Sanh, Vietnam. On January 21, 1968, 6,000 U.S. troops…

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    Beyond Combat

    Heather Marie Stur talked about her book, Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era, about the different roles played by both American and Vietnamese women during the Vietnam War. C-SPAN’s…

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    67 Shots

    Howard Means talked about his book 67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence, in which he recalls the National Guard’s shooting of students at Kent State University on May 4,…

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    Vietnam War and Photography

    Photographers Nick Ut and David Hume Kennerly spoke about their wartime work in Vietnam. Photographs were shown as the photographers recalled the stories behind the images and their impact on American views of the…

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    The Vietnam War

    Professor Andrew Wiest, with the help of a local veteran John Young, talked about the Vietnam War, focusing on the Mekong Delta. Professor Wiest spoke about the strategic importance of the…

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    Battle of Ia Drang

    Vietnam War veterans reflected on their wartime experiences during the Battle of Ia Drang, which journalists called the bloodiest confrontation of Vietnam. The November 1965 battle in the Ia Drang Valley was the…

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    U.S.-Vietnam Relations in the 21st Century

    Vietnamese Ambassador to the United States Pham Quang Vinh talked about the history of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, and how the relationship has changed since the end of the war.…

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    Vietnam War from the Front Lines

    Vietnam War veterans, including two prisoners of war and an Army nurse, talked about the grim reality of being a soldier in war. The discussion was moderated by William Adams, chair of the National Endowment for…

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    Music and the Vietnam War

    Country Joe McDonald and Peter Yarrow talked about the role of music in the anti-Vietnam War movement. Mr. McDonald performed with “Country Joe and the Fish.” Mr. Yarrow was a member of “Peter, Paul and Mary.”…

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    Vietnam War and the Press

    Dan Rather and Peter Arnett talked about their work as war correspondents during the Vietnam War and how their experiences compared with the U.S. government’s official version of the war.   Dan Rather’s Vietnam…

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    Alvin Townley talked about his book Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam’s Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned. In his book he recounts the imprisonment…

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    Vietnam War Commanders in Chief

    Former presidential aides discussed the roles of Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon during the Vietnam War era. They were joined by historian to explore the foreign policy of each president as well as the…

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    Lessons Learned from the Vietnam War

    Vietnam veterans and former Senators Bob Kerrey (D-NE) and Charles Robb (D-VA) joined Admiral William McRaven (Retired) in a discussion about the changes in America’s foreign and military policies after the…

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    Secretary Kerry on the Vietnam War

    Secretary of State John Kerry shares his views on the Vietnam War. Secretary Kerry served in the Vietnam War as a U.S. Navy Swift Boat commander and received a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, and three…

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    Conversation with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

    Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick discussed The Vietnam War, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary set to be released in 2017. They spoke with Mark Updegrove at a three-day “Vietnam War…

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