Veterans' Voices Vietnam

Series produced by Ampers

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Memories and stories of Minnesota's Vietnam veterans.

Extended podcast versions of Kevyn Burger's interviews with some of the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans featured in this series are available here: http://www.prx.org/series/37936-veterans-voices-vietnam-podcast


30 Pieces

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Post-traumatic stress disorder was not recognized as a psychiatric disorder until 1980, years after many Vietnam veteran had returned home. St Paul...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2017
  • Length: 02:00
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Minnesota is home to a large number of Lao and Hmong warriors. In their homeland, they were recruited and trained by the CIA as part of its secret ...

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Some 300,000 American servicemen were injured in Southeast Asia. Army veteran Truedell Guerue is one of them, hospitalized for more than a year aft...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2017
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Dennis Mitchell remembers being given a machete when he served in Vietnam—not as a weapon, but to clear the jungle. Eluding the enemy in the dense ...

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Many who fought in Vietnam were the offspring of the soldiers who fought in previous wars and enjoyed the whole-hearted backing of the American pub...

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Minnesota soldiers who arrived in Vietnam had to adjust to the blistering heat as they carried out their duties in the tropical climate. Living and...

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After his service in Vietnam ended, Army veteran Doug Bekke became the longtime curator of the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley. In that po...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2017
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Every year, Minnesota veterans who fought in every conflict gather at the State Capitol to lobby state lawmakers and listen to their agenda for leg...

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For Trudell Guerue, a Lakota who grew up on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, military service is part of a rich cultural tradition. Native ...

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Many veterans who returned home to their wives after serving in Vietnam had problems reconnecting. Three veterans who experienced marital struggles...

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A career military officer, Jerry Newton’s assignment in Vietnam was to collect the data about the number of American casualties. His reports ultima...

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As an Army nurse in Vietnam, Valerie Buchan worked 12-hour shifts caring for a steady stream of young GI’s injured in combat. She explains how her ...

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By testing into Officers Candidate School when he enlisted to go to Vietnam, Doug Bekke achieved a lieutenants rank. That put the Army veteran, sti...

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Remembering his own struggles with reintegrating after returning from the war zone, former Marine Fletcher Hinds is thinking about the dilemmas tha...

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Many of those who fought in Vietnam came home to a public that greeted them with indifference or downright hostility. Those veterans have watched w...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2017
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Based in St Paul, the Minnesota Humanities Center has opened its doors to veterans, including those who served in Vietnam. The nonprofit’s initiati...

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Lee Walker still carries shrapnel in his body. He sustained multiple injuries when his squad walked into an ambush in Vietnam. But the legacy of th...

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Fifty years after his service, veteran Michael Medina returned to Vietnam as a tourist. He was looking to the journey to help him come to terms wit...

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Serving in Vietnam left Ronn Easton with a combat injury and searing memories. Decades after his Army hitch was up, the former soldier found comfor...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2017
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The music charts of the 60’s and early 70’s were filled with anti-war anthems performed by rockers who used their songs to protest the Vietnam War....

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2017
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