918 – Vietnam – West Virginians Remember – documentary debuts Sept. 14 on WVPB

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Morgantown resident Paul Casto on his first tour of Vietnam. He is one of five combat veterans from West Virginia featured in the upcoming West Virginia Public Broadcasting documentary, “Vietnam: West Virginians Remember,” which airs Sept. 14

In this episode 918 of the podcast Vietnam Veteran News word about something of interest to Vietnam Veterans from the great state of West Virginia will be featured. It comes from a story in The Charleston Gazette-Mail titled: Documentary creating archive of West Virginians in Vietnam War that was submitted by Douglas Imbrogno, Assistant Lifestyles Editor.

It seems that two of West Virginia Public Broadcasting award-winning documentarians are creating a one-hour show titled: “Vietnam: West Virginians Remember.” It will make its debut Sept. 14 on WVPB. The program will be in conjunction with the Ken Burns Vietnam War documentary program series which is also planned for a September 2017 showing.

West Virginians played a significant role in the Vietnam War with a total of 36,578 Mountain State residents serving in the war and, of that number, 1,182 making the ultimate sacrifice. That is why West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the West Virginia State Archives are sponsoring the upcoming program that will highlight the service of West Virginia Vietnam Veterans.

They are looking for help from the public. They need more material from the Vietnam Era to make the program as vivid as possible. The producers are putting out the call for home movies, pictures, slides, letters and other papers from the war related to experiences of West Virginia soldiers, their families back home, doctors and nurses, and other related material . It will be used to build an archive on the Vietnam War at the West Virginia State Archives in the state Capitol Complex.

The state archives will create a digital copy of the materials for its records, and the originals will be returned, unless people wish to donate them permanently to the collection. People who donate materials will also receive a digital copy of their materials for their own use.

To lend or donate materials for this program or for more information, contact:

  • Richard Fauss at richard.e.fauss@wv.gov or call 304-558-0230 x701
  • Russ Barbour at rbarbour@wvpublic.org or phone at 304-696-3635.

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