American War Stories: Vietnam

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Draw Down

Drawdown looks at the 'Vietnamization' of the war--the eventual decision by the United States to turn the war over to South Vietnam--allowing the gradual return of American troops home. This hour focuses on the real costs of war, including the broken bodies and spirits that are the inevitable result of conflict. Veterans recount what it was like coming home to a divided nation, when protestors blamed the warrior for the war. Two prisoners of war share how they successfully survived years at the infamous 'Hanoi Hilton' prison camp. Drawdown also highlights the wonderful rescue of thousands of babies from Saigon orphanages, dubbed 'Operation Babylift', as South Vietnam began to fall to the Communists. The hour ends with some powerful reflections by Vietnam veterans who describe how profoundly the war affected their lives and discuss how not all the effects were bad.

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