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“Vietnam War.” National Archives and Records Administration, National Archives and Records Administration,

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  "Vietnam War"

 "Where Have All the Vietnam War Warriors Gone?" 

 "I Saw Captain Kill Viet Child, Ex-GI Asserts"

First-person Narratives

U.S. Soldiers' Experiences

"At Quang Nam, a Raid and a Reckoning"
A West Point graduate describes the two years he served in Vietnam. 

“John McCain, Prisoner of War: A First-Person Account”

John McCain writes about his 5+ years of being a POW in North Vietnam.

Interview with Edward Bruce Allen

Allen shares his experiences as a drafted Army specialist in Vietnam from 1970-71. This transcript is long; skimming is okay. 

U.S. Protesters

"My First Antiwar Protest"

Maurice Isserman writes about attending an antiwar protest in New York in 1967. 

“'There Was All This Chaos': Vietnam-Era Antiwar Activists Reflect”

An interview with four antiwar activists.

Vietnamese Soldiers' Experiences

"Interview with Nguyen Van Nghi, 1981"

A soldier in the National Liberation Front in South Vietnam tells his story. Video clip on the left; transcript on the right.

Vietnamese Civilians' Experiences

“Interview with Ho Thanh Dam, 1981”

Ho Thanh Dam describes the destruction of his village, Vinh Quang, by American bombs in 1967. Video clip on the left; transcript on the right.

“Interview with Le Thi Ton, 1981”

Le Thi Ton testifies about a brutal U.S. assault on her hamlet on January 31, 1967 in which all ten members of her family were killed. Video clip on the left; transcript on the right.

Nurses’ Stories

"A Frontline Nurse for the Vietcong"

An oral history from a former nurse with the National Liberation Front, also known as the Vietcong.

Interview with Patricia Ann Carroll

Carroll served as a member of the Army Nurse Corp in Vietnam. This transcript is long; skimming is okay. 

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