Dan Corkery: We want to read about your Vietnam experiences

Dan Corkery: We want to read about your Vietnam experiences

Last Sunday, I wrote about my reactions to "The Vietnam War," the 18-hour television series by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

And I asked readers to share their Vietnam-era experiences.

So far, I've heard from about a half dozen people — in both lengthy and short comments.

Today, we're publishing an essay by retired University of Illinois Professor John Erdman, who as an Army officer served one year of combat duty in Vietnam.

In the coming weeks, we'll publish recollections from a civilian, a veteran and others.

But we want to hear from more of you.

This is a forum open to all who lived during those years: servicemen and -women, civilians, refugees, protesters, contractors, and local, state and federal officials.

One objective: to continue this newspaper's tradition of sharing history through the stories of local people.

But it's also my hope that by reading about each other's experiences, we as a society can bridge the divisions that were painfully obvious in the U.S. during the 1960s and '70s.

Feel free to contact me by email or by mail at The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

Dan Corkery is a member of The News-Gazette's editorial board. His email is dcorkery@news-gazette.com, and his phone is 351-5218.

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David Green wrote on October 08, 2017 at 5:10 pm

In all honesty, I'm not sure what is the point of "bridging the divide" between those who correctly view the Vietnam War as a criminal enterprise from start to finish, and those who find ways to deny or qualify that. But I do hope that both veterans and civilians who opposed that heinous atrocity will have their say in future weeks, especially in light of their apparently dismissive treatment by Burns/Novick.

airrecon wrote on October 10, 2017 at 8:10 am

Out of curiosity....did you live through the time......or are you looking back through filtered lenses?