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Caesar Smith remembers his first mission in Vietnam

A military advisor describes his first mission in Vietnam

September 15, 2017 | 3 min

Caesar Smith graduated from Des Moines North High School in 1955 and attended the University of Iowa on a track scholarship. While on summer break in 1956, he decided to pursue a career in the U.S...

Medicaid uncertainty in Iowa

Medicaid uncertainty in Iowa

September 15, 2017 | 1 min

Both Foxhoven and McCoy discuss the outcome and current status of controversial decisions to privatize Medicaid services in Iowa.

Foxhoven and McCoy disagree over availability of women’s health facilities

Foxhoven and McCoy disagree over availability of women’s health facilities

September 15, 2017 | 2 min

When asked about the availability of women’s health services in Iowa after recent legislation restricting funds to Planned Parenthood facilities, DHS Director Jerry Foxhoven says the services are...

DHS money needs and personnel outsourcing

DHS money needs and personnel outsourcing

September 15, 2017 | 1 min

DHS Director Jerry Foxhoven says the agency may look to bring previously outsourced case worker assignments and funds back to full-time staff. Sen. Matt McCoy says DHS will need “tens of millions” in...

Dan Gannon Describes the Chaos of the Vietnam War

Combat: Controlled Chaos

September 15, 2017 | 3 min

By 1969, more than half a million men and women were stationed in South Vietnam. Among them were several Iowans including Dan Gannon from Mingo.

The Paris Peace Accords End Direct Combat Role of United States in the Vietnam War

The Paris Peace Accords End Direct Combat Role of United States in the Vietnam War

September 5, 2017 | 1 min

In January of 1973 the Paris Peace Accords were signed after four years of negotiations, with the intent to establish peace in Vietnam and end the war. The Accords were signed by the United States,...

U.S. Evacuation and Fall of Saigon During the Vietnam War

U.S. Evacuation and Fall of Saigon During the Vietnam War

September 5, 2017 | 3 min

By 1974, the North Vietnamese troops had violated the Paris Peace Accords and had renewed their attack on the south. It was clear the Republic of Vietnam would fall. In April of 1975, as North...

Experiences of Vietnam Veterans Returning Home from War

Experiences of Vietnam Veterans Returning Home from War

September 5, 2017 | 5 min

When veterans returned home from Vietnam, some were treated well but many were treated very poorly. This segment from Iowa Public Television's Iowans Remember Vietnam documentary includes archival...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Vietnam Veterans

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Vietnam Veterans

September 5, 2017 | 2 min

Dan Gannon, from Mingo, Iowa, served in Vietnam from 1969-1970 as a platoon leader with the 1st Marine Division. Many Vietnam veterans have experienced anxiety and other effects of post-traumatic...

Iowans Remember Vietnam

U.S. Veteran Describes Fighting in the Vietnam War

September 5, 2017 | 4 min

By 1969, more than half a million Americans were stationed in Vietnam. Fighting in the jungle was chaotic and the goal was not only to accomplish the objectives of the mission, but to survive. This...

U.S. Veteran Describes Experiences as a Helicopter Pilot in the Vietnam War

U.S. Veteran Describes Experiences as a Helicopter Pilot in the Vietnam War

September 5, 2017 | 3 min

A United States Marine veteran describes his experiences as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. His duties ranged from delivering mail to troop insertion and extraction and picking up wounded...

Experiences of a Nurse During the Vietnam War

Experiences of a Nurse During the Vietnam War

September 5, 2017 | 4 min

The Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation estimates that 11,000 military women were stationed in Vietnam during the conflict, and approximately 90 percent of them served as nurses. This segment from...

Vietnam War Prisoner of War

U.S. Veteran Describes Being Prisoner of War in Vietnam

September 5, 2017 | 6 min

During the Vietnam War many United States soldiers were captured and held as prisoners of war (POW). Many soldiers reported being regularly tortured, and some were used for military propaganda. This...

Agent Orange and the Vietnam War

Agent Orange and the Vietnam War

September 5, 2017 | 1 min

Agent Orange was the name of a potent herbicide that was used by United States troops during the Vietnam War to defoliate trees in the jungle. The chemical has since been determined to cause various...

U.S. Veteran's Combat Experiences During Vietnam War

U.S. Veteran's Combat Experiences During Vietnam War

September 5, 2017 | 4 min

Captain Caesar Smith returned to Vietnam in 1968. Smith describes being put in charge of the 82nd Airborne’s newly formed Delta Company, the loss of one of the men under his command and what had to...

U.S. Veteran Describes Tactics of the Enemy During Vietnam War

U.S. Veteran Describes Tactics of the Enemy During Vietnam War

September 5, 2017 | 2 min

U.S. veteran Vincent Lewis describes an experience with enemy tactics while serving in an artillery unit during the Vietnam War. The Viet Cong forces learned they could intercept U.S. troops’...

A Veteran's Experience with Discrimination on the Battlefront and at Home During the Vietnam War

A Veteran's Experience with Discrimination on the Battlefront and at Home During the Vietnam War

September 5, 2017 | 2 min

African Americans volunteered in large numbers for the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. For some, the color line among troops blurred quickly in battle, but many still faced discrimination when...

Opposition to the Vietnam War in the United States

Opposition to the Vietnam War in the United States

As opposition to the Vietnam War grew, protests erupted in communities and college campuses across the United States. In May of 1970, four students were killed by Ohio National Guard troops on the...

A History of Camping at the Fairgrounds

A History of Camping at the Fairgrounds

August 19, 2017 | 4 min

A retrospective history of camping at the fairgrounds.

Husband Calling Contest

Husband Calling Contest

August 19, 2017 | 4 min

Modern messaging methods like texting and emailing can never compare to good old fashioned YELLING - at the husband calling contest!