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The Vietnam War: 3 Stories Of Service From The First Coast

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"The Vietnam War"

“The Vietnam War” is a new, multi-part documentary film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and it debuted this week on WJCT Public Television.

At the same time, on 89.9 WJCT-FM, we’re bringing you stories of Vietnam veterans with ties to the First Coast. Their interviews were recorded and produced at WJCT Studios as part of the Community Hospice Veterans History Project.

First up: retired Sgt. Maj. John Page, from Callahan. He served from 1965 to 2005.

Next we heard from retired Army Capt. Ralph Sevelius, who lives in Jacksonville. He served from 1967 to 1970.

Hear the segment airing on 89.9 WJCT

Last in our series was retired Maj. David Osbeck, who lives in Orange Park. He served from 1968 to 1995.

Hear the segment airing on 89.9 WJCT

“The Vietnam War” continues airing nightly on WJCT Public Television Sunday, Sept. 24, through Thurs., Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. 

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP