to brood about the purpose and the toll of the war. In Vietnam, it's called
"The American War," and the anniversary is a time for victory celebrations.
Still, many Vietnamese are eager to accept Americans as friends - and
business partners. And many Vietnamese who sided with the U.S. during
the war continue to suffer.
Thousands of Americans
who served in Vietnam suffer from diseases they say were caused by exposure
to the defoliant called Agent Orange. In Vietnam, the health and environmental
damage caused by the chemical is easy to see. But scientists say the impact
of Agent Orange in Vietnam has not been sufficiently studied, so the extent
of harm is difficult to judge.
While U.S. officials
continue to search for the remains of some 1,500 American soldiers who
never came home from the Vietnam war, the number of missing Vietnamese
soldiers may be 300,000 or more. Some Vietnamese have employed psychics
to search for their missing relatives - with surprising results.
American culture has
shaped powerful myths about the war - and some of the most powerful ones
surround the Vietnam-era veteran. John Biewen looks at who they were then,
and who they are today.
Writer and former Marine Jim Northrup reflects on his Vietnam War experience.
See our slideshow with photos by Steve Schapiro and text by John Biewen,
and listen to excerpts from Northrup's story-poems.
The protesters and
supporters of US involvement in Vietnam have had three decades to reflect
on what they were fighting for. Sandy Tolan reviews the impact and legacy
of the antiwar movement.
In 1966 a young Marine
took a reel-to-reel tape recorder with him to the battlefield. Until he
was killed in action, Michael Baronowski made tapes of his friends, of
life in foxholes, and of combat. His comrade Tim Duffie tells the story
of war, loss, and friendship with the help of Lost & Found Sound's
Christina Egloff and Jay Allison.
Major program support
for "Revisiting Vietnam" is provided by the Stanley Foundation.
Major funding for American RadioWorks is provided by the Corporation for
Public Broadcasting and the Florence and John Schumann Foundation.
Producer-Editor: Deborah George
Associate Producer: Stephanie Curtis
Web Site Art Director: Ahree Lee
Web Site Developer: Michael Wells
Web Manager: John Pearson
Photography: Steve Schapiro
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Production Support: Carlos Briceno, Jeff Feddersen, Dan Gorenstein, Jennifer
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Executive Producer: Bill Buzenberg