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Navy Destroyer Operations off the coast of Vietnam in the South China Sea and in the wider Cold War in the Pacific

MN Military Museum’s 2018-19 Vietnam War Roundtable 

Concordia University’s Buetow Music Center
300 Hamline Avenue North
St Paul, MN 55104
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7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, No reservation needed

A Navy Chaplain, a sailor working below decks in the engine room, and a sailor manning one of the destroyer’s guns and others will discuss their entry into the Navy, their training and their service on destroyers. Topics will include day-to-day running of the ships and life on the ships, providing Naval gunfire support to ground troops during the Easter Offensive, supporting aircraft carrier operations, tracking Soviet submarines across the Pacific, and ministering to the spiritual needs of the crews of multiple ships. One sailor will discuss his experiences with a CBS News team that was imbedded on his ship and produced a documentary based on their time on the ship. Veterans will discuss their return to the civilian world and subsequent lives and attitudes.

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This program is a collaboration between Twin Cities PBS, the Minnesota Military Museum, and Concordia University


Hair

MSU Moorhead
Hansen Theatre
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563
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7:30 p.m.

 

Hair celebrates the sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory. To an infectiously energetic rock beat, the show wows audiences with songs like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” “Hair,” “I Got Life,” and “Let The Sun Shine.” Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace, Hair remains relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

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Vietnam War 360

MN Military Museum’s 2018-19 Vietnam War Roundtable 

Concordia University’s Buetow Music Center
300 Hamline Avenue North
St Paul, MN 55104
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7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, No reservation needed

Drawing upon speakers with very different experiences, the remarks by special guests – veteran, refugee, activist, conscientious objector, gold star family member – explore the war from many sides and expands on last year’s Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Vietnam War documentary.

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This program is a collaboration between Twin Cities PBS, the Minnesota Military Museum, and Concordia University


Women Nurses in the Vietnam

MN Military Museum’s 2018-19 Vietnam War Roundtable 

Concordia University’s Buetow Music Center
300 Hamline Avenue North
St Paul, MN 55104
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7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, No reservation needed

Approximately nine thousand U.S. military nurses served in Vietnam during the U.S.- Vietnam war. Though women did not serve in combat, nurses encountered the consequences of war on a daily basis as they cared for its casualties — military and civilian, American and Vietnamese. Like so many other Vietnam veterans, they struggled with their wartime experiences once they returned home. The fact that they were women veterans added another layer of difficulty to their readjustment, however. The assumption was that all veterans were men. In Minnesota, a handful of nurses who had served in Vietnam banded together as sister veterans and offered each other the help, support, and recognition that no one else had. Join Dr. Kim Heikkila for a discussion of nurses’ experiences during and after the war, with a special focus on this unique group from Minnesota.

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This program is a collaboration between Twin Cities PBS, the Minnesota Military Museum, and Concordia University


Reporting on the War – Impact of the News Media

MN Military Museum’s 2018-19 Vietnam War Roundtable 

Concordia University’s Buetow Music Center
300 Hamline Avenue North
St Paul, MN 55104
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7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, No reservation needed

Don Shelby, a Vietnam War veteran who went on to become prominent news anchor in the Twin Cities, will reflect on his own experiences and take a broader look at the news media’s impact on public opinion at home and the feelings of service men and women overseas.

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This program is a collaboration between Twin Cities PBS, the Minnesota Military Museum, and Concordia University


'Picturing Nam' National Archives Exhibition

April 17 – May 25, 2019 

Moorhead State University
Art Gallery
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563
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Photographs are a powerful part of our collective memory of the Vietnam War. Many of the iconic photographs were taken by photojournalists working for newspapers, magazines or wire services. But there were also military photographers in Vietnam serving in our armed forces. They took thousands of photographs that covered every aspect of the conflict — photographs that are now part of our National Archives.

Their assignments sent them everywhere: the jungles and swamps, forward bases, hospital ships, rivers and air bases. Unsanitized and uncensored, these indelible images give an intimate and ground up view of the war and those who fought it.

Picturing Nam focuses on three photographic themes: landscapes, objects and faces.


The Minnesota Connection to the Battle of Soui Tre

MN Military Museum’s 2018-19 Vietnam War Roundtable 

Concordia University’s Buetow Music Center
300 Hamline Avenue North
St Paul, MN 55104
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7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, No reservation needed

In 1966 a significant number of Minnesota men entered the army together, trained together, deployed to Vietnam together, were assigned together in units of the 25th and 4th Infantry Divisions, and found themselves fighting together in the bloody Battle of Soui Tre in March of 1967. The Fire Support Base at Soui Tre was commanded by then Lieutenant Colonel Jack Vessey, a Minnesotan, who received the nation’s second highest award for valor at Soui Tre and went on to become the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest ranking military officer during the Reagan Administration. Major General Rick Nash, the recently retired Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, will give a brief overview of his extensive knowledge of General Vessey’s leadership skills. Retired Army Chaplain Colonel John Morris will give an overview of the battle based on his research for the book he is writing on General Vessey, and numerous veterans of Soui Tre will discuss their varied participation in the battle.

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This program is a collaboration between Twin Cities PBS, the Minnesota Military Museum, and Concordia University


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