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American Experience; Vietnam: A Television History: America Takes Charge (1965-67)

05/09/1997

America Takes Charge


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Series
American Experience
Program
Vietnam: A Television History: America Takes Charge (1965-67)
Program Number

913 (105)

Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

When the U.S. advisory effort failed in South Vietnam, the United States took charge of the war. During 1965, the build-up of American forces accelerated, with nearly 200,000 soldiers landing in Vietnam by the end of the year. The soldiers found themselves in a completely foreign land, with a complex Vietnamese culture -- some South Vietnamese villagers defended North Vietnam and the Vietcong; many supported the anti-Communists backed by the United States; and still others belonged to various religious and political factions. This episode of "Vietnam: A Television History" features interviews with several of the soldiers who joined the first U.S. forces in South Vietnam. They recount the confusion they felt in their new environment; the experiences that brought intense anguish, pain and loss; and how, for the first time, American soldiers were questioning their purpose.

Duration

00:56:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
History
Citation
Chicago: “American Experience; Vietnam: A Television History: America Takes Charge (1965-67),” 05/09/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 6, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7D93398AAFC148A49FD5CBE5E39BF5DC.
MLA: “American Experience; Vietnam: A Television History: America Takes Charge (1965-67).” 05/09/1997. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 6, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7D93398AAFC148A49FD5CBE5E39BF5DC>.
APA: American Experience; Vietnam: A Television History: America Takes Charge (1965-67). Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7D93398AAFC148A49FD5CBE5E39BF5DC
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