In the years following the Vietnam War, the experiences of civilian and military nurses were featured in films, a TV series, magazine articles and books. In 1993, a bronze sculpture depicting Vietnam nurses was dedicated on the National Mall. But there’s another group of women who served and veterans want more recognition for the female soldiers in the Women’s Army Corps, Air Force, Navy and Marines.
Vietnam Virginia Remembers Reports
As opposition to the Vietnam War grew, huge protest rallies in Washington DC and Berkeley, California made the headlines. In Richmond, the movement was smaller and led by a committed group of activists who quietly worked to change people’s minds about the war. In the end, they think they succeeded. 88.9 WCVE’s Mark Huffman has more in our series Vietnam: Virginia Remembers.
Soon after the city of Saigon fell to North Vietnamese forces in 1975, thousands of people fled the country seeking to escape the reign of the communist government. Many refugees resettled in the U.S., including here in Virginia. In our series Vietnam: Virginia Remembers, Saraya Wintersmith has more for Virginia Currents on one family’s journey.
During the Vietnam War, photographers captured millions of images. One of the most recognizable depicted children scared and running after a napalm attack. The military permitted journalists to travel freely in the country, enabling them to document the realities of war. In our series Vietnam: Virginia Remembers, 88.9 WCVE’s Phil Liles has more on a local journalist who was there and the women who broke barriers during the conflict.
During the Vietnam War, hundreds of U.S. service members were imprisoned by the North Vietnamese. They survived torture, disease and years of isolation. For one Virginia family, the experience would profoundly change the trajectory of their lives. 88.9 WCVE's Charles Fishburne has more in our series Vietnam: Virginia Remembers.