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The Vietnam War premiered Sunday September 17, 2017 at 8/7c on SDPB and PBS stations nationwide.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

South Dakota Vietnam Stories

SD Vietnam Stories: Curtis Paulson

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As part of our preparation for the upcoming Ken Burns documentary, The Vietnam War, we are recording the stories of South Dakota Vietnam-era veterans and participants. This is Curtis Paulson's story.

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SD Vietnam Stories: Retired Colonel Marty Mahart

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As we prepare for the Ken Burns landmark documentary series “The Vietnam War”, we meet South Dakotans whose lives were forever changed by the conflict, the politics, the music, and the protests. Today we meet Retired Colonel Marty Mahart. He's the cofounder of Operation Black Hills Cabin. His a retired combat pilot who served two tours in Vietnam.

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SD Vietnam Stories: Jim Dugan on War Dogs

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"Dogs exhibit heroism under fire in extreme combat," says Jim Dugan (USAF ret) of Rapid City who spoke with SDPB's Lori Walsh about the role of dogs in Vietnam.

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SD Vietnam Stories: Sculptor Darwin Wolf

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Sculptor Darwin Wolf spoke with us about his bronze sculpture of Medal of Honor recipient Michael J. Fitzmaurice. From the role of monuments, to the challenges of working with a living subject, Wolf explores the nuances of art in bronze and art in our lives.

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The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War - Premieres Sunday, September 17, 8/7c.
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The film features stories from a wide variety of perspectives - and we want to hear your voice too.

If you or a loved one experienced the events surrounding the war, you can either share a video or audio file, personal photographs, or even just write a short narrative in the comment box.

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Thank You to Our Supporters

Funding for THE VIETNAM WAR is provided by Bank of America; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; David H. Koch; The Blavatnik Family Foundation; Park Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Pew Charitable Trusts; Ford Foundation Just Films; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and members of The Better Angels Society: Jonathan & Jeannie Lavine, Diane & Hal Brierley, Amy & David Abrams, John & Catherine Debs, Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, The Montrone Family, Lynda & Stewart Resnick, The Golkin Family Foundation, The Lynch Foundation, The Roger & Rosemary Enrico Foundation, Richard S. & Donna L. Strong Foundation, Bonnie & Tom McCloskey, Barbara K. & Cyrus B. Sweet III, The Lavender Butterfly Fund.

Local support for The Vietnam War comes from Black Hills Energy, Scull Construction Services Inc and Sanford Health.

THE VIETNAM WAR is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, DC. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward. Produced by Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick and Ken Burns. 

The Vietnam War
Find out about the creation of The Vietnam War, coming to PBS Sunday, September 17, 2017.
A GI recalls how the Vietnam War divided American society.
A GI talks about his fear of land mines, and the courage it took just to walk in Vietnam.
With the Vietnam War ramping up, college students begin to worry about the draft.