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WOSU Public Media Partners with the Columbus Dispatch to Tell Vietnam War Stories

Soldiers on a search and destroy operation near Qui Nhon on Jan. 17, 1967. Credit: Bettmann/Getty Images


This weekend marks the premiere of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s 10-part PBS documentary series, The Vietnam War (8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 on WOSU TV). In anticipation of the new 18-hour documentary series, WOSU Public Media has partnered with The Columbus Dispatch for a collaboration on Central Ohio stories connected to the Vietnam War, past and present.

Some 6.6 million Vietnam-era veterans are alive today in the United States. Most will never return to the country they fought in or for. But some do. And their reasons for return are as varied as their individual war experiences.

On Sunday, The Columbus Dispatch profiles an Army pilot who returned decades later to see what Vietnam had become, and talks to retired Dispatch photojournalist Tim Revell, a former Navy hospital corpsman who returned on assignment in the 1990s with then-columnist and Vietnam veteran Mike Harden to make the trip that so many veterans couldn’t bring themselves to take. And the Dispatch talks to experts about why it all matters.

Then in October, Columbus Neighborhoods kicks off Season 2 with two episodes of Vietnam War stories. The WOSU weekly TV show takes viewers back in time to experience Columbus’ Lockbourne Air Force Base during the war, protests at Ohio State University and the memories of Central Ohio veterans, a combat nurse and Vietnamese refugees. Columbus Neighborhoods also explores how the war impacted Columbus and U.S. culture, as well as local living veterans.

Keep an eye on The Columbus Dispatch for more upcoming Vietnam War stories, and tune in to WOSU TV at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 for the season premiere of Columbus Neighborhoods.

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