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Frank: A Vietnam Veteran; Memories of the Vietnam War

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Fred Simon's intimate portrait of a Vietnam War veteran centers on Frank and his attempts to re-tell his experience during the conflict, and his life once the conflict was over. In this touching sequence, Frank talks about his feelings of guilt, and of wishing he had died during the conflict. Approximate date: 1981

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Frank: A Vietnam Veteran

Memories of the Vietnam War

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“The following program is the story of one Vietnam veteran -- his experiences in Vietnam, and what his life has been like since his return home more than ten years ago.” -- opening credits. Intimate, black-and-white documentary consisting of edited, close-up shots of Frank telling his war and postwar experiences, with occasional still shots of photos of Frank as a soldier and civilian. Frank relates the personal feelings he experienced as a naval officer in combat in Vietnam, and his brushes with alcohol and drug abuse after Vietnam. He also describes his struggles with posttraumatic stress disorder.

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Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975
Simon, Fred
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
War and Conflict
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WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “Frank: A Vietnam Veteran; Memories of the Vietnam War,” GBH Archives, accessed May 27, 2024,
MLA: “Frank: A Vietnam Veteran; Memories of the Vietnam War.” GBH Archives. Web. May 27, 2024. <>.
APA: Frank: A Vietnam Veteran; Memories of the Vietnam War. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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