Feature-length documentary film featuring real-life letters written by American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Vietnam War to their families and friends back home. ... See full summary »
J. Kenneth Campbell
In this film made over ten years, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn goes on a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband was killed. She and translator (and fellow war widow) Xuan... See full summary »
For three days in 1971, former US soldiers who were in Vietnam testify in Detroit about their war experiences. Nearly 30 speak, describing atrocities personally committed or witnessed, ... See full summary »
German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera.
The Americans Did The Right Thing, The Communists F*cked the Country Up
All The Americans did was try to protect the South Vietnamese from North Vietnamese, Communist Oppression. They gave them every opportunity to defend themselves, with considerable money and sacrifice. Sadly, the South was unable to take advantage of that assistance, and protect themselves. However, that was not the fault of the Americans, nor did it make the effort unworthy.
Today, Vietnam is turning to capitalism, and hopefully, they will eventually turn to democracy as well. However, there is no question that South Vietnam would have been far better off if it had never had to deal with Communist oppression in the first place.
Ultimately, is is sad that the South was not able to benefit from American assistance, and develop a viable non-communist government. But the Americans can not be blamed for this, and they certainly should not be blamed for trying to do the right thing. Few democracies would exist today, of course, if not for American assistance and intervention.
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