Vietnam, Montana

Series produced by University of Montana Journalism

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Stories looking back on the Vietnam War as its end approaches 50 years.

These audio portraits and scripted stories about the war in Vietnam are produced by students at the University of Montana. They're rooted here, but also universal. Featuring the voices of veterans, others involved in Hmong resettlement and more.


19 Pieces

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Caption: Ray Gauthier
Audio portrait by Madigan Schmitz for the series, "Vietnam, Montana"

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 04:03
Caption: Gary Haefner, Credit: Christina Rodriguez
Audio portrait of her father by Christina Rodriguez for the series, "Vietnam, Montana"

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 03:29

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 04:12
Caption: Bob Rogers, Credit: Bridget Pack
Audio portrait by Bridget Pack for the series, "Vietnam, Montana"

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 04:04

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 04:11
Caption: Bob Barber in Vietnam
Audio portrait by Clayton Elmore for the series, "Vietnam, Montana"

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 03:45

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 02:54

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 02:59

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 02:40

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 04:27
Caption: Hmong refugees in Thailand; dozens traveled from there to a new life in Montana, Credit: United Nations
In the United States, there are only 10 organizations that officially work with the federal government’s office of refugee of resettlement. One of ...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 05:59
Caption: John Garrity and his uniform from the Vietnam War., Credit: contributed
After veterans returned from the Vietnam War, which wound down 50 years ago, they struggled to adjust. That’s been true for combat vets before that...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 05:58
Caption: Christine Campbell, left, was a Donut Dolly with the American Red Cross during the Vietnam War and told her daughter many stories., Credit: contributed by Heather Collins
In the Vietnam War that ended 50 years ago, about 2.7 million men and women served in the various branches of the military. To be sure, most of the...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 05:57
Caption: Hmong students learning English in Montana, Credit: Sue Lair
After the fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War, which wound down 50 years ago this year, many Hmong families fled Laos and eventually settl...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 06:02
Caption: The Jenkins Family: Monte Sr., Marylyn and Monte Jr. Both Monte Sr. and Jr. suffered health problems linked to Agent Orange, Credit: Bridget Pack
The U.S. government spread the chemical defoliant known as Agent Orange over 10 million acres of jungle in Vietnam during the war that wound down 5...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 05:36
Caption: Mary Kepler's daughter finds her uncle's name on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., Credit: Mary Kepler
More than 58,000 Americans died in the Vietnam War that ended nearly 50 years ago – their names are on the famous wall in Washington, D.C. Those na...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 05:27
Caption: Kurt Keith interviewed on network TV about leaving Vietnam, Credit: ABC News
As the Vietnam War heated up and then wound down in the ‘70s, Americans who were there for multiple reasons had to find a way out. Two Montanans – ...

  • Added: Jun 11, 2024
  • Length: 04:49
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Fifty years after Vietnam, historians debate the influence of Montana's uniquely positioned U.S. senator

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 06:09