Do you remember Vietnam on TV?

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    Dear All

    I am trying to find out if anyone clearly remembers the television footage from The Vietnam War as the event was unfolding? Did any TV footage stick in peoples minds or have photographs now taken over our memory of the war?


    All your comments are welcome

    Thanks Ross
     
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    I remember Walter Cronkite lying his ass off.
     
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    Hi Katzndogz

    Thanks for your response, I am studying Photojournalism in London and I am currently writing about memories of the Vietnam war.

    I was just wondering if you think Cronkite was lying at the time or only after other information came to light? What can you remember him saying or are the images of him on tv a more vivid memory?

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    Ross
     
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    Believe it or not, but VietNam was actually fought in black and white

    I remember each newscast (there were only three and they lasted a half hour) would have footage. Most was guys getting off a helicopter, some patrol type stuff....not a lot of "look at the dead bodies"

    A lot of the really gross stuff was in still photographs

    In spite of right wing revisionist history, Cronkite was great
     
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    I remember sitting in the living room of my parents home as a young teenager and watching the war on the evening news in black and white.

    But it didn't affect me because I had a hot rod 57 Chevy and was too busy going to dances at the teen club and chasing girls.

    Then one day I got a letter from the President in the mail...........
     
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    I remember wondering if my brother would come home in a box.
     
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    Watching it daily for so long turned me against the war. It's not so much what correspondents said, but the realization that I'd been watching it longer than it had taken us to win WW II with no end in sight. I got the feeling that there was something terribly wrong going on and we needed to get out. Then I went to college and that took away any remaining support I had.
     
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    Ditto
     
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    My brother didnt come home in a box thankfully.

    I know he likely would have if he had gone to veitnam.


    He instead when drafted did EVERYTHING that they demanded he do except one little thing.


    He refused to hold a gun.


    He did EVERYTHING they wanted him to do to punish him and taunt him into carrying the gun.


    He refused.


    the drill sargent would throw the gun at him and he would imediately throw it back at the guy.


    He refused to hold a gun.



    Needless to say after the drill sargent realised he COULD NOT BREAK my brothers will he advised he be dishonorably discharged.


    That discharge was changed to a honorable one after the war was realised for what it was.


    My brother never even petitioned for it to be changed.


    Thankfully I only spent a few months wondering if my brother would end up coming home in a box.


    Many little sisters fears were realised in that horrible fucking mess that was the Veitnam war.
     
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    I agree

    It was the talking heads with stars on their shoulders that turned the tide.
    1965 "We need a few more troops"
    1966 "We just need a few more troops and this will be wrapped up"
    1967 "One last surge and this war will be over"
    1968 " Give us 100,000 more troops and we can win this thing"

    America just grew tired. It became obvious that there was no master plan, no exit stragedy, no path to victory

    Johnson and the Generals just refused to admit it
     

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