Spanning multiple decades and involving millions of American servicemen and women, the Vietnam War looms large in American collective memory. The following curated presentations highlight collections from the Veterans History Project relating to the Vietnam War.
In Country: Stories from the Vietnam War Each of the 2.7 million Americans who served “in country” during the Vietnam War had a unique experience, shaped by a vast array of factors—perhaps especially the place or places in which they served. In this presentation, we have gathered stories from 16 veterans who served in Vietnam, dispatched to locations ranging from Saigon to Khe Sanh, who vividly recall their locations of service.
Personal Snapshots: Picturing the Vietnam War Photography can play an important role in telling a service story. Taken by soldiers, sailors, and Marines who sought to capture their experiences on film, these personal snapshots offer a counterpoint to images created by official military photographers, providing a vivid, intensely personal view of the Vietnam War through the eyes of those who served.
Vietnam War: Looking Back Fifty years after the fact, the Vietnam War remains part of our collective national consciousness. For the veterans who served during this era, this conflict has particular meaning. These interviews represent a wide variety of branches, service locations, and military roles; collectively, they illuminate the dramatic--and ongoing--effects of the war on those who participated.