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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: Dakota Life Vietnam Special

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South Dakotans sharing their experiences during and after the Vietnam War on this special episode of Dakota Life.

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SD Vietnam Stories: The Newlyweds

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Clark Mola served 2 tours in Vietnam and flew over 2000 combat hours, while his wife Anita and infant daughter Anessa were stateside living life day by day, waiting for letters, watching the news and praying he was safe.

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South Dakota Focus: Veterans Affairs

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On our season premiere of South Dakota Focus, we took the program on the road to our new Black Hills Bureau as we zeroed in on veterans issues.

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SD Vietnam Stories: The Camden 28

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Frank Pommersheim and AnneDunham were part of an August 1971 raid on the federal building in Camden, New Jersey by a group of anti-war protestors. They broke into the offices of the draft board to remove draft records. They were met by 80 FBI agents and arrested. The subsequent trial is considered to be one of the great trials of the 20th century. They joined us on In the Moment.

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SD Vietnam Stories: Roger Papka

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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 Roger Papka's story.

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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.