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Even after 50 years, the impact of the Vietnam War echoes across generations. Hear the stories of service and sacrifice from people who are affected — veterans, their families, and others who add perspective to those experiences. Brought to you by the nonprofit that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, “The Wall,” in Washington, D.C.

Echoes of the Vietnam War Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

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    • 4.7 • 65 Ratings

Even after 50 years, the impact of the Vietnam War echoes across generations. Hear the stories of service and sacrifice from people who are affected — veterans, their families, and others who add perspective to those experiences. Brought to you by the nonprofit that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, “The Wall,” in Washington, D.C.

    Unwavering

    Unwavering

    There are more than 72,000 U.S. service members still unaccounted for from World War II -- a war we fought in for four years. The number missing after 20 years of combat in Afghanistan? Zero. That’s no accident; it represents a dramatic shift in policy and priorities, another unheralded legacy of the Vietnam War generation. In this episode, author Taylor Baldwin Kiland shares the incredible true story of the military wives who fought to make “no man left behind” a promise that America keeps.

    • 33 min
    No Words Necessary

    No Words Necessary

    For the tens of thousands of families who received tragic news during the Vietnam War, their lives were profoundly changed at that moment and their reactions to the news covered the full range of human grief. Imagine being the person who rang doorbell after doorbell for months on end, triggering that outpouring of emotion over and over, in all its forms. In this episode, two Marines talk about coming home from Vietnam and being assigned that terrible duty.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Familiar Voices, Surprising Updates

    Familiar Voices, Surprising Updates

    To celebrate the fiftieth episode of our podcast, we reconnect with a few of the people who have shared their stories with us over the past two years. They talk about what they’ve been up to since, and we discover some surprising, real-life connections resulting from the podcast.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Operation Babylift

    Operation Babylift

    Throughout the month of April 1975, in a mass evacuation known as Operation Babylift, around 2,000 infants and children were airlifted from orphanages in South Vietnam to the United States. In this episode, we bring you stories from the first and last flights of that operation — one ending in tragedy, the other in joy.

    • 47 min
    Humping The Boonies

    Humping The Boonies

    Of the 58,281 names on the wall, two-thirds of them died in 1967, ‘68, and ‘69. Robin Bartlett landed in I Corps right smack in the middle of that period. His training sergeant at Camp Evans said to him, “your life expectancy is less than 90 days.” In this episode, Robin talks about the realities behind that prediction, how he defied it, and the book he wrote about his Vietnam War experience. 

    • 52 min
    Repo Depot

    Repo Depot

    For soldiers joining the Vietnam War after the initial buildup, the first stop in Vietnam was usually at a replacement battalion — commonly referred to as a “repo depot” — where they would wait to be assigned to a unit. Those few hours or days unfolded in a strange kind of limbo where hot emotion met cold procedure. And somebody had to run it. 

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Revrend Rub ,

Review

Love this show! My dad served in Vietnam but rarely spoke about it. Sadly he passed last year. I wish he would have opened up a little more. Keep up the great work! Sempre Fi

Saigon17 ,

Many stories simply aren’t credible.

I’m a Marine Vietnam combat veteran(‘68-‘69) so I started listening to this series. Unfortunately after listening to just three stories I stopped because I knew that the vets were simply lying. Not fudging or embellishing, but out and out lying. Sad to say but I’ve seen it many times with Vietnam veterans. Keep in mind that for every combat veteran there are ten in support. It’s often these guys who feel they have to make stuff up. They know the jargon and often will tell someone else’s story. Often they’ll trip themselves up and veterans like me will notice. The Marine in one story said his platoon carried body bags with them. Never happened. Another said he landed in Danang with the first group of Marines and there were ships to his left and right as far as the eye could see. There were only FOUR ships. It wasn’t Normandy! Another said they were out on Christmas Eve and were hit and took casualties but after radioing for artillery support and a Medevac were told no help was coming because it was Christmas Eve and there was a Christmas truce. Are you kidding me? Anyway, I couldn’t take any more stolen valor lies and stopped listening.

xtttrxttt ,

Echoes of the Vietnam War Podcast

As a Vietnam veteran who, like many of us, never spoke of the war, this podcast brings some closure as I listen to each episode. And Michael Croan is absolutely the perfect person to bring these stories to life again. Thank you for not letting us be forgotten.

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