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The Vietnam War: Louisiana Remembers

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Collection:LPB

Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Louisiana, Vietnam

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-09-17

Duration: 00:28:42

Subjects: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 | Military | Veterans | Fort Polk (La.) | Prisoner of war | My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, 1968 | Barksdale Air Force Base (La.) | B-52 bomber | Vietnamese Americans

Contributors:

  • Moreau, Andre Narrator
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Laudun, Tika Producer
  • Melton, Christina Producer
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Leslie, Mark Interviewee
  • Horn, Marc Interviewee
  • Washington, Paul Interviewee
  • Applewhite, Ron Interviewee
  • Hargrave, Lyn Interviewee
  • Franklin, Ben Interviewee
  • Engelsman, John Interviewee
  • Jones, Murphy Neal Interviewee
  • Angers, Trent Interviewee
  • Bohannon, Shawn Interviewee
  • Dewolf, Ernest Interviewee
  • Blaufuss, Phil Interviewee
  • Henry, Clifford Interviewee
  • Tran, Anthony Interviewee
  • Weber, Skip Interviewee
  • Alexander, Vincent Interviewee

Description

This documentary from September 17, 2017, focuses on Louisiana’s role in the Vietnam War. It includes segments on: the role of the Fort Polk Army Base in Vernon Parish as a basic training site for more than 1 million soldiers; the combat experiences of Louisianans; Louisiana prisoners of war (POWs) and missing in action (MIA); the Louisiana connections to the My Lai Massacre; the role of Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport and the B-52 bomber in Operation Linebacker II; the Vietnamese refugees who settled in Louisiana; and the Vietnam veterans’ painful experience of returning home to an ungrateful nation. This documentary includes interviews with: Mark Leslie, the Chief of Plans and Operations at Fort Polk; Marc Horn and Paul Washington, Vietnam veterans who trained at Fort Polk; Ron Applewhite, Fort Polk drill sergeant; Lyn Hargrave, Ben Franklin, and John Engelsman, Vietnam veterans; Murphy Neal Jones, a POW for over 6 years; Trent Angers, the author of “The Forgotten Hero of My Lai”; Shawn Bohannon, a staff historian with the United States Air Force’s Global Strike Command; Ernest DeWolf, Phil Blaufuss, and Clifford Henry, Vietnam veterans; Anthony Tran, Vietnamese refugee who settled in New Orleans; and Skip Weber and Vincent Alexander, Vietnam veterans. Narrator: Andre Moreau