Letter: Vietnam War documentary is well worth seeing
For anyone that missed Ken Burns' 10-part 18-hour documentary "The Vietnam War" on Prairie Public TV, there's one more chance.
On Tuesday evenings in October and November starting at 7 p.m. it will be run one more time. I would think this would be especially a must-see for those who were 18 years of age sometime between 1961 and 1975. There are very few Americans who were adults during that time frame that this war did not affect personally.
I was in the U.S. Army in Germany from May 1968 to September 1969. In the spring of 1970, I was a graduate student at Southern IL University - Carbondale, a "Saluki." Just after the tragedy at Kent State (Ohio) University our campus needed to close for safety concerns. We were only three weeks from final exams. My grade report from that quarter reads in part: "Classes suspended May 12, 1070. Only grades of S and U were used."
Those were very mixed-up times, especially for my peers and me. In my appraisal, Burns did an excellent and balanced job with video from U.S. forces and enemy alike and with video of patriots and anti-war protesters alike on the home front.—Thomas A. Frank, Detroit Lakes