Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories: Our Veterans Remember
By Sarah A. Larsen and Jennifer M. Miller; Introduction by Jeremi Suri; Foreword by Kenneth B. Black, Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs
376 pages, 180 b/w photos, 8 maps,
8 x 9"
A companion book to the documentary produced by Wisconsin Public Television, "Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories" showcases 40 first-person stories from those who fought in America's longest war. From barely-legal sons of Wisconsin to seasoned soldiers, the men and women in these pages make up a diverse collection of voices: an army chaplain who led services at Khe Sanh but never picked up a weapon; identical twin brothers who discover they are stationed at the same South Vietnam base; a Hmong refugee who fought the Secret War at age 12 in the jungles of Laos and later moved to Milwaukee; two prisoners of war whose years in captivity total almost 14; a Medal of Honor recipient; and dozens more.
The stories in these pages expand beyond the borders of the war to include personal accounts of the events leading up to it, as well as the experiences of veterans as they return home to civilian life at the height of antiwar protest. Supported by original maps, photographs from the veterans' own collections, historical chapter introductions, biographies, and a comprehensive "honor roll" of Wisconsin-born soldiers who died or remain missing, "Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories" is an unforgettable collection and lasting tribute to our veterans.
The Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories project is a partnership of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Public Televsion. This project includes the "Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories" Documentary Film.