Vietnam War

soldiers march in Vietnam
"The Vietnam War" / PBS

“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.

Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we heard how climate change affects storms like Hurricane Irma with Jacksonville University climatologist Jeff Martin (01:13). Ahead of the Ken Burns PBS documentary, “The Vietnam War,” we spoke with female veterans Rene Johnson and Margaret Yarborough (27:09). Our monthly First Coast Connect Book Club with Stacey Goldring featured the classic novel “Catch 22” (38:48) and University of North Florida Gallery of Art Coordinator Jim Draper talked about the gallery’s latest exhibit (45:09). 

Bonnie Zerr / WJCT News

WJCT and the city of Jacksonville are hosting a traveling wall, commemorating American soldiers who lost their lives in Vietnam.

The Wall that Heals is a half-scale replica of the memorial wall in Washington D.C. The wall is open 24 hours a day until 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Veterans Day in Jacksonville means a parade downtown with hundreds of people who have served their country.

A few Jacksonville veterans shined a light back to early days of America's military history.

Before Tuesday's parade participants gathered outside of the Jaguars' stadium. A medium-sized gray boat was sitting on wheels. Thomas Suneson with the St. Johns Merchant Marine veterans chapter says it's a merchant marine life boat.

AARP To Hold Free Vietnam War Documentary Screening

Jul 22, 2015

AARP Florida plans to hold a free screening of a documentary about the Vietnam War this Saturday at WJCT.

AARP’s Summer Movie Classics presents “Last Days In Vietnam,” which looks at the final days of the war and the stories of those who escaped.

The Downtown Investment Authority, or DIA, will hold the second in a series of public workshops on the future of the Jacksonville Landing Wednesday night. We speak with Aundra Wallace, CEO of the Downtown Investment Authority, about how the public can voice their opinion on new design concepts for the iconic downtown site.

Vietnam Veterans of America

Officials in Washington DC have approved plans for a new monument to Vietnam War veterans on the First Coast to be built in Jacksonville National Cemetery.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1046 in Jacksonville designed and raised funds for the new monument.

"I think this is going to help in identify Vietnam veterans and what they did and how they did it with honor and dignity," said Chapter Vice President Les Bertrand.

Bertrand anticipates the monument to be unveiled on March 28, 2015. He says there are about 2,000 Vietnam veterans around the First Coast.

Warren Miller

Dr. Anh Vu was the young son of a South Vietnamese Army officer when Saigon fell. 

Gary E. Bruce / YouTube

A new documentary film is premiering in St. Johns County this weekend honoring several generations of local veterans.

Presented by the Veterans Council of St. Johns County in partnership with the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress, Commitment to Honor is the story of how local combat veterans of the Vietnam War are helping combat vets now returning from Iraq and Afghanistan cope with coming home.

The film was produced by students from The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville.

Cyd Hoskinson

Florida Congressman Ander Crenshaw, R-Jacksonville,  along with the chairman of the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee, will meet with leaders of Jacksonville’s veteran’s community this afternoon to discuss their concerns.

Michael Isam

  A bracelet was all it took to bring two strangers from different ends of the country together on Saturday, according to a story from the St. Augustine Record.

Peggy Cornacchio of Massachusetts wore the bracelet as a child to honor a U.S. prisoner of war fighting in Vietnam (similar bracelets were worn by many during the war), even though she had never met the man whose name her bracelet bore: Navy pilot Giles Norrington.