Burns’ documentary accurate


From: Roger Reitmaier
LtCol USMCR (ret)

As a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, I would like to comment on Ken Burns’ 10 part TV documentary on PBS that is now at the halfway point. The remaining five parts air each night on Sunday, September 24, through Thursday. I am recording them on DVR and have seen three episodes.

I stepped foot in Vietnam 50 years ago, arriving in country on September 5, 1967. I participated in 12 combat operations plus the Tet Offensive of 1968 with the U.S. Marines as an artillery forward observer. I have seen four movies and many documentaries on the war in the past 49 years. Although I’ve seen just three episodes, I already know that this documentary is spot on. No other documentary comes close to Ken Burns’ work. It is very straight-forward, truthful, thorough, and totally unbiased. It portrays both North Vietnamese/Vietcong and American forces as brave, dedicated and competent warriors. It lays any blame for the war at the feet of politicians, not the soldier/sailor/airman/marine. It portrays the anti-war movement accurately and shows many examples of the human toll on the fighting man as well as their families back home.

In short, I highly recommend this documentary to anyone who wants to truly understand the Vietnam War and its impact on the American fighting man, their families, and the entire American population.


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