Veterans and their families share memories of a war that killed nearly 1,000 Louisianans in an Louisiana Public Broadcasting documentary that premiers Tuesday night.
During the 60s and 70s, thousands of Louisianans served in the Vietnam War, a war that divided the nation.
When it was over, more than 58,000 Americans had died, and nearly 1,000 were from Louisiana. Now 50 years later, Louisiana’s Vietnam War veterans and their families are sharing their memories with Louisiana Public Broadcasting in a new documentary.
The Vietnam War: Louisiana Stories features 14 veterans and family members who relay, in their own words, how the war impacted their lives. Premiering Tuesday, November 28 at 7 p.m., the program spotlights some of the 80-plus stories told to LPB in their Baton Rouge studios, around the state, and online.
Since July, LPB has recorded oral histories from Vietnam veterans and others affected by the war. These stories are posted online at www.ladigitalmedia.org as part of the state’s Louisiana Digital Media Archive.
LPB will continue recording oral histories through June 2018. Veterans who would like to schedule an interview may do so by calling (225) 767-4204 or (800) 272-8162, ext. 4204. Stories can also be shared on LPB’s website at lpb.org/Vietnam.
Veterans, families, and friends have also signed LPB’s large-scale movable map of the Vietnam War theater in honor or memory of military service. Lamar Advertising donated the map in honor of those who served. The Vietnam War: Louisiana Stories is sponsored by Louisiana Companies, Querbes & Nelson, the Louisiana Forestry Association, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Foundation for Excellence in Louisiana Public Broadcasting.