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The Exchange

Rebroadcast: Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation And Its War


The Vietnam War is largely recalled as a mistake, either in the decision to engage there or in the nature of the engagement.  Veterans of the war remain largely anonymous figures.  Enduring Vietnam recounts the experiences of the young Americans who fought in Vietnam and of families who grieved those who did not return. We talk with author James Wright about the “baby boomers” who grew up in the 1950s, why they went into the military,  how they describe serving in “Nam” and their experiences coming home.

This program was originally broadcast on 4/27/17.

GUEST:  James Wright is author and editor of several history books and a former history professor at Dartmouth College as well as former Dartmouth College President.

Photographer and reporter Chris Jensen, who spent fifteen months as a combat photographer in Vietnam, shares some of his images from his time in Vietnam below: 

Credit Chris Jensen
A boy and his dog with an armored cavalry troop during the invasion of Cambodia in May 1970.

Credit Chris Jensen
An armored patrol in I Corps in 1970.

Credit Chris Jensen
A GI reading mail during a rare lull in fighting in I Corps in 1970.

Credit Chris Jensen
In spring 1971, ARVNs in the U Minh Forest. A soldier carries a recoiless rifle.

You can see more of Chris Jensen's photographs on his Facebook page