Jane Fonda's anti-war documentary film gets DVD release
Jane Fonda's controversial documentary opposing the Vietnam War is to be released on DVD - 37 years after it was pulled from cinemas. Fonda opposed the American engagement in Vietnam, teaming up with Donald Sutherland and Fred Gardner in 1970 to form the FTA (Free The Army) tour, an anti-war road show, and their protests were filmed for the documentary. The movie hit cinemas in 1972, the same week Fonda made a trip to Hanoi, North Vietnam, visiting enemy forces. A week after its release, the film was pulled from theatres, with director Francine Parker accusing pressure from the White House for making the movie "disappear".
Decorated Air Force captain Dale Noyd, Vietnam Objector, Dies
Dale E. Noyd, who as a decorated Air Force captain and fighter pilot attracted worldwide attention in the 1960s as a conscientious objector who objected to only one war, the one in Vietnam, died Jan. 11 at 73. Captain Noyd seemed the model serviceman. He received a medal for successfully landing a damaged nuclear-armed F-100 fighter at an English airfield. He taught at the Air Force Academy. But after 11 years in the Air Force, he became disturbed by the Vietnam War, which he regarded as immoral and illegal.
Vietnam vet barefoot for 33 years to protest the war in Vietnam (Article no longer available from the original source)
A former U.S. Marine who's been barefoot for 33 years to protest the war in Vietnam has turned it into an awareness forum for modern veterans' post-war care. Ron Valeski set out to walk the Appalachian Trail. He said it occurred to him his longstanding habit of going shoeless could be used to draw attention to the needs of U.S. soldiers returning from conflicts overseas, and his "Long Walk Home" campaign was launched. "America must stand by our soldiers by ensuring that every soldier has access to post-traumatic stress disorder counseling and services."
American troops shot by their own commanders in Battlefield
Documentary "Sir! No Sir!" details how wartime experiences led some U.S. troops to join the peace movement. Green Beret Donald Duncan dreamed of being a war hero, until the brutality he witnessed in Vietnam destroyed the convictions that made him willing to fight and die. The doubts of men like Duncan would evolve into outright rebellion, with active-duty American troops refusing Vietnam duty, inciting stockade riots, joining off-base protests and going AWOL. In Vietnam, the film links this opposition to the hundreds of battlefield shootings by American troops of their own commanders in a notorious practice that became known as "fragging."
Vietnam war era draft dodgers meet for reunion
For U.S. draft resister Craig Wiester, fleeing his country to avoid the Vietnam War meant losing a country, a way of life - and a father. His father, Second World War veteran, when it became clear that he was going to resist the draft, called the local draft board and told them everything. "He worked with the local draft board to move as quickly as possible against me." He didn't wait around for the consequences and decided to go to Montreal, where he lived for eight years.
Serving as a soldier in Vietnam was only half the battle (Article no longer available from the original source)
Richard Franey served his country as a soldier in Vietnam, but that was only half the battle. The other half was coming home to a bitterly divided country and being confronted by an anti-war protester at the airport, and being called a "baby killer." "This spurred anger in me," said Franey, the keynote speaker at Vietnam Veterans Day observance held at the all-war memorial. "None of them served a day in combat, yet all of them were experts on the war." Of the 2.6 million Vietnam veterans, 75% were volunteers. The war took its toll with more than 58,000 U.S. soldiers killed in action, and tens of thousands more wounded.
Documentary Winter Soldier: Vietnam veterans against the War
Winter Soldier is an anti-war documentary that records the testimony of members of The Vietnam Veterans Against the War, an organization of dissenting ex-G.I.s that came together in Detroit January of 1971 to tell America about their experiences in Vietnam. A filmmakers' co-op convened to film veteran testimony that refuted the version of the war given us by the Nixon. Winter Soldier is direct testimony by the 125 Vietnam Veterans Against the War filmed in harsh B&W, interrupted only intermittently by bits of war footage and snapshots taken in combat.
Soldiers started anti-war movement during Vietnam War
One of the least-told stories of the Vietnam War is that of the antiwar struggle within the US military. War protests were actually sparked by the soldiers themselves. Disillusioned by, among other things, the enormity of their orders, the soldiers started the GI Movement. They printed newsletters, mounted protests against the war they were fighting, and even deserted, according to the Pentagon, more than half a million soldiers did, galvanizing a larger antiwar movement.