Vietnam War Stories Coming to Nationwide PBS Stations

November 3, 2011

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Erik Ernst publicist, 608-265-3853 erik.ernst@wpt.org

Telling emotional stories that haven’t been heard before, Wisconsin Vietnam War veterans recount their experiences in a one-hour television documentary coming to PBS stations throughout the United States this month. 

Vietnam War Stories premieres at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 on Wisconsin Public Television. The documentary will be broadcast in Milwaukee on MPTV Digital channel 36.1 at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10.

Culled from the three-hour Emmy Award-winning Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories documentary, Vietnam War Stories presents a portrait of the war told entirely by veterans who reflect on their memories of the Vietnam War from the perspective of five decades past. For many, those experiences still feel like they happened yesterday. 

More than 100 veterans from all branches of service were interviewed by Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Producer Mik Derks for the program, sharing moving stories of triumph and loss in the field of duty, of sacrificing nearly everything on the battlefield, and of the strong bond of brotherhood and companionship in the ranks. Archival video, historical photography and maps evoke the stark imagery of the war alongside the veterans’ stories.

This is not the story of the Vietnam War, but of the men and women who went to Southeast Asia to serve their country. In the voices of a few resonate the stories – each unique, each profound – of the three million who served, the ones who didn’t return, and those who passed away before their stories could be told.

Watch more than three hours of expanded program content, explore modern portraits of Vietnam veterans and uncover educational resources about the Vietnam War at wpt.org/wisconsinstories.

Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories is produced by a partnership of Wisconsin Public Television, the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

Lead funding for Vietnam War Stories has been provided by Associated Bank, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and Don and Roxanne Weber.

Major support has been provided by The Ho-Chunk Nation, The Elizabeth E. Doolittle Charitable Trust, Oshkosh Defense Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, Kwik Trip, The Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, The Oneida Nation, Ron and Colleen Weyers and Philip J. and Elizabeth B. Hendrickson.

Additional support has been provided by The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA- TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.