Part one of a two part program. At 1:30, McMillan will show the first two episodes of the WPT special Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories. Telling emotional stories that haven't been heard before, Wisconsin Vietnam War veterans recount their experiences in a three episode television documentary.
This is presented in conjunction with WISCONSIN REMEMBERS: A FACE FOR EVERY NAME–TRAVELING EXHIBIT from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
Early events that set the conflict and United States participation in Vietnam are outlined. Wisconsin Vietnam veterans share stories of strong bonds of combat brotherhood that came from increasing adversity. Members of the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy recall the allure, challenges and heartbreaking loss of early combat against the increasingly rampant advance of the Viet Cong.
As the war waged on, scenes of deadly attacks are juxtaposed with the American public's increasing animosity toward the war. The Tet Offensive shocked both soldiers and the world due to previous beliefs that the enemy was incapable of such an effort of massive military force. Veterans reflect on the staggering casualties in Vietnam, and describe their own modes of coping with the reality of war.