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Preserving Central Ohio’s Vietnam War History

An American soldier sits with his siblings before leaving for Vietnam in 1965. Credit: Courtesy of The Crocker Family/PBS


Over 40 years have passed since the end of the Vietnam War, and we’re still learning about that chapter of our country’s history. The highly anticipated new PBS documentary series about the war by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick is airing now through Thursday, Sept. 28 on WOSU TV, and you can also watch online anytime through WOSU Passport.

In honor of the series, we teamed up with The Columbus Dispatch to find Vietnam War stories with ties to Central Ohio. The new season of Columbus Neighborhoods kicks off with two episodes featuring Vietnam War stories, beginning Thursday, Oct. 5 on WOSU TV.

In the meantime, here are a few ways you can get involved with the project and help preserve Central Ohio’s Vietnam War history.

Share Your Story

PBS is collecting stories from the Vietnam War era in a variety of formats including written accounts, photos, audio and video. You can make a submission here and see stories that have been added to the collection here (select Ohio from the drop-down location menu to see submissions from the Buckeye State).

Help Memorialize Veterans

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C. is engraved with the names of over 58,000 veterans, and the nonprofit organization that built the memorial is in search of a photo of every single person named on the wall. We believe that there are 113 names from our viewing area that are missing a photo. You can submit a photo and also view veteran photos.

Spread the Word

Veterans of all ages experiencing PTSD can call 1-800-273-8255 (option 1) to speak with someone who is trained in military-related issues that can lead to crisis.

Emily Thompson

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