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Full Metal Jacket

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"A superb ensemble cast falls in for action in Stanley Kubrick's brilliant saga about the Vietnam War and the dehumanizing process that turns people into trained killers."--Container.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Across the Universe

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Jude is a young dockworker from Liverpool who travels to find his estranged father in America. He is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Lucy is a rich and sheltered American girl who Jude falls in love with. Lucy joins the growing anti-war movement in New York's Greenwich Village. As the body count in Vietnam rises, political tensions at home spiral out of control and the star-crossed lovers find themselves in a psychedelic world gone mad.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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We Were Soldiers

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Lt. Col. Hal Moore is the commander of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry. As part of the Pleiku Campaign of late 1965, Moore is assigned to action at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, an area known to be overrun by North Vietnamese troops and nicknamed "The Valley of Death." Moore soon finds himself and his men contained to an area about the size of a football field, surrounded by more than 2,000 enemy troops and engaged in the first major battle of the war. Heroism becomes the order of the day as the men refuse to yield, in spite of heavy losses of life.
DVD
2010; 2002
Clemons (Stacks)
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Air War in Vietnam [electronic resource]

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The U.S. air offensive in Vietnam was the most awesome display of aerial firepower yet seen. From the mighty B-52 bombing runs over the North to gunship strikes against Vietcong guerrillas, it spanned almost every type of mission and an extraordinary range of aircraft. Uses the pick of combat footage to tell the full story, from the first U.S. adviser missions in the early 1960s to the massive and sustained operations a few years later. The U.S. footage is mirrored by footage from North Vietnamese sources, which show their anti-aircraft defenses in action and the effects of the U.S. bombing.
Online
2008
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Brothers in Arms

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In the early months of 1969, six men met on a swift boat on the Mekong Delta during some of the worst fighting of the Vietnam War. Five of the men were crewmates - Tommy, Mike, Gene, David, Del - and they came from across America, from Boston to Northern California to Iowa. Their commander happened to be a young Yale graduate named John Kerry. The six men would endure the horrors of Vietnam together. They would remain friends for the next 35 years. Brothers in Arms tells the story of their unique relationship. The documentary focuses on their experiences in Vietnam, but it also recounts what happened to them after the war and delves into the way each man has dealt with the experience. Interviews, photographs, and archival footage of the war are woven together to create a powerful and [...]
Online
2011; 2004
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Dark Days [electronic resource]

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On August 7, 1964, when Congress passed The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, fewer then 24,000 Americans were in Vietnam. By 1968, 536,000 draftees and volunteers filled the ranks of the units fighting the war in Southeast Asia. When regular infantry units began to arrive in Vietnam, the U.S. Army had not fought a real conflict of any significance since the Philippines insurrection at the turn of the century. The first American combat troops arrived in country wearing uniforms and foot gear designed for the parade ground, not this war's battleground.
Online
2005
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Dominoes [electronic resource]

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In the years after 1946, French forces struggled to maintain their influence against the tide of communist-led Vietnamese forces pursuing from the North.
Online
2011
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Huey in a Helicopter War [electronic resource]

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Most wars are fought over the possession of land. From the southeastern corner of the Asian continent extends a peninsula which contains six countries. This area of the world, long known as Indo-China, has seen the devastation of war since man first discovered that the land was rich and productive.
Online
2005
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In Love and War [electronic resource]

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By mid-summer 1964, events were taking place in the Gulf of Tonkin that would lead to the first open clash between U.S. and North Vietnamese forces. In late July, the destroyer USS Maddox was on patrol in the Gulf, gathering intelligence, becoming the object of interest by communists in North Vietnam. From July 31st to August first, the Maddox cruised unfettered, along a predetermined route of the North Vietnamese coast.
Online
2005
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L.B.J.'s War [electronic resource]

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For centuries the Mekong Delta had been the water lifeline into the heart of Vietnam. A short hour's drive from Saigon, it was also the Viet Cong's backyard. In fact Victor Charlie was so secured in the delta that we used its villages as a rest area for battle-weary troops. Operation Blackhawk was planned to rob the communists of their safe heaven. The mission of the operation was to search and destroy enemy encampments, secure his weapons and to crush his defender.
Online
2005
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Last Man to Die [electronic resource]

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In 1971, Richard Nixon wanted to make a major move against communist strongholds in Laos. The plan was code named Lam Son 719 in honor of the birth place of Le Loi, a Vietnamese nationalist who repelled the Chinese invaders in 1428. The objective was to disrupt an ongoing North Vietnamese army supply buildup at Tchepone Laos.
Online
2005
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One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern

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When presidential candidate George McGovern took on incumbent Richard Nixon in 1972, no one really expected him to win - and he didn't. But in his bold, grassroots, seat-of-the-pants campaign, which energized young and progressive Americans to a degree never before seen, we find the genesis of today's powerful and sophisticated progressive movement. Using a wealth of amazing archival materials, interviews with provocative figures including historian Howard Zinn, and extensive interviews with McGovern himself, this "tremendously thought-provoking tribute to the one man who could have dramatically and permanently altered America's political landscape for the better [is] essential viewing" (CBS Radio). Featuring music by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Donovan, Leon Russell, and Elvis Cost [...]
Online
2011; 2005
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River Patrol [electronic resource]

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It is June, 1967. The place is the South China Sea near the coast of Vietnam. The USS Harnett County has sailed 10,000 miles from the western shore of United States and has arrived at the Cowichan River in the Mekong Delta. The war that lies ahead for these men will be on the rivers and rice paddies of this ancient land. For the next 12 months, they will launch patrol boats and armed helicopters against the enemy. They will search from the skies and patrol a thousand miles of waterways to fight the Viet Cong. This is their story.
Online
2005
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That Was 'Nam [electronic resource]

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Not since the Civil War has the United States experienced a more bitter and divisive conflict than Vietnam. Across the nation young Americans filled the streets, their signs and voices raised an angry protest. 10,000 miles away a different group of Americans greets another day. It's a day during which the lush, fertile rice paddies of Southeast Asia will be rocked by violence, a day when young men will die for their country. One more day in Vietnam.
Online
2005
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Trial by Ordeal [electronic resource]: Fire on the Forrestal

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Naval aviation played a crucial role in the Vietnam War. Aircraft carriers floating 185 kilometers southeast of Cam Ranh Bay have what the sailors called Dixie Station, fling ground support and interdiction missions in South Vietnam. A few hundred miles to the north at Yankee Station, as many as five carriers at a time targeted North Vietnam. At 140 kilometers offshore, Yankee Station seemed eerily removed from the war despite the fact that pilots returned bloodied and battered or did not return at all. The war was somehow distant, out of mind, over the horizon. Yankee Station was base for all US Naval aircraft taking part in Operation Rolling Thunder. That concentrated bombing of North Vietnam lasted more than three years, from March 1965 to November 1968.
Online
2005
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Vietnam Interview [electronic resource]: Co Thach Nguyen

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Foreign Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyen Co Thach recalls life during the French colonial period. He describes his province of Nan Dinh as overcrowded and poor. Nguyen Co Thach recalls his days in the nationalist movement, which he joined shortly after he was released from prison in 1940. He talks about the hardest years he spent in the resistance, from 1947 until 1949, when the French began to close in on the resistance movement. Nguyen Co Thach also recalls his negotiations with Averell Harriman, his secret talks with Henry Kissinger, and the 1969 ceasefire proposal, which was rejected.
Online
2011
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Vietnam Interview [electronic resource]: Do Thi Bay

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Do Thi Bay describes her life as the daughter of a poor peasant family and how, because they had no money and were exploited, she began to follow the revolution as a young girl. Do Thi Bay recalls her time as a courier for the Viet Minh in 1946 carrying letters and documents across the villages. Do Thi Bay describes the time when French African troops broke into her house to search for incriminating materials, and when the troops did not find anything they beat her before leaving.
Online
2011
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Vietnam Interview [electronic resource]: Duong van Khang

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Villager Duong Van Khang discusses living under French rule and recruitment of soldiers by the French for their colonial army. In order to avoid recruitment, Duong Van Khang went into hiding. He discusses daily peasant life and how life changed once the French left and the Japanese arrived. Because of the hardships that Duong Van Khang and his family experienced, he joined the Viet Minh to fight for the rights of peasants and other workers. He talks about fighting tactics the guerrilla army used against the French and his involvement in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu including the destruction of the Phung Bridge. Duong Van Khang also touches upon his reaction to the cease-fire and the Geneva Agreement.
Online
2011
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Vietnam Interview [electronic resource]: Gerald Ford

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Gerald R. Ford had been president of the United States for nine months when in 1975, Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, fell to the North Vietnamese, effectively ending US military involvement in Vietnam. He frames the closing of the war in terms of diplomacy--both between the United States and the South Vietnam and between the executive branch and Congress. He also recalls the decisions necessary to an orderly evacuation of South Vietnam, consisting not just of American soldiers and materials but thousands of South Vietnamese considered to be targets of the advancing North Vietnamese. Lastly, he links failures in US policy toward Vietnam with those toward Cambodia.
Online
2011
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Vietnam Interview [electronic resource]: Robert Franco

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Bob Franco was a lieutenant in command of a platoon in Vietnam. He talks about his arrival in Vietnam, learning the ropes, and being sent to a heavily land-mined area. He recounts not being able to move his men forward because of their panic at the sight of mines. He recalls ambushes and describes American drug use in-theater. He finishes by describing preparations for returning to civilian life, his reservations about being awarded a bronze star for valor, and his contention that soldiers had no idea what they were fighting for.
Online
2011