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Vietnam War: Looking Back (part 1), Experiencing War, Stories from the Veterans History Project, Library of Congress
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. Each of these veterans experienced the war in a unique, individual way; no two stories are the same. As veteran Tom Hagel has explained, “When we think of wars – whether it’s Vietnam or any other war – we think of it as a unitary subject … but there are millions of Vietnam Wars.”

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Vietnam War, the Veterans History Project will be highlighting a series of collections from this era. They are but a few of the “millions of Vietnam Wars” embodied by the stories of Vietnam veterans. 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. See also: [part 2] [part 3] [read news release]
Image: Frank AcevesFrank Ibanez Aceves
NAVY
Vietnam War

Video Interview, Photos
Image: Carl BergmanCarl E. Bergman
MARINE CORPS
Vietnam War

Video Interview
Image: Steven L. BobbSteven L. Bobb, Sr.
ARMY
Vietnam War

Audio Interview
Image: Michael Thomas BurnsMichael T. Burns
AIR FORCE
Vietnam War

Audio Interview
Image: Nathaniel ButlerNathaniel G. Butler
NAVY
Vietnam War

Video Interview
Image: Ralph GarciaRalph Garcia
MARINE CORPS
Vietnam War

Audio Interview
Image: Gail GutierrezGail A. Gutierrez
NAVY NURSE CORPS
Vietnam War

Audio Interview
Image: Tony LawlessTony Lawless
ARMY
Vietnam War


Memoir
Image: Frederick McElderryFrederick McElderry
Navy
Vietnam War

Audio Interview
Image: Elia Astrid OrtegaElia Astrid Ortega
ARMY NURSE CORPS
Vietnam War

Video Interview
Image: David PolhemusDavid W. Polhemus
ARMY
Vietnam War
Video Interview
Image: Richard J. RogalaRichard J. Rogala
NAVY
Vietnam War

Audio Interview
Image: Barry L. RomoBarry L. Romo
ARMY
Vietnam War

Audio Interview
Image: Larry SchwabLarry Schwab
ARMY
Vietnam War

Video Interview, Photos, Other Materials
Image: Frank TomlinsonFrank J. Tomlinson
AIR FORCE
Vietnam War

Audio Interview, Photos
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