I was among the last of the draftees to be inducted during Vietnam.
September, 1972, which was the 2nd to last group to be drafted. December was the last group.
I can remember getting up at 04:00 with my father taking taking me to the pickup point for the bus to take us to the induction center in Oakland. Those of us going had to wade though 100s of protesters all chanting that we didn’t have to go.
But we went.
In a bit of bureaucratic irony the Army ended up sending me to Germany, but for the intervening 45 years (this month) I’ve had my own thoughts on the subject.
I believe that this is a subject that will forever divide my generation, the effects which are still around today.
It is a subject that has been difficult not to politicize, so I started watching the Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam with some trepidation.
Having just finished the 2nd episode, I have to say so far I have been pleasantly surprised.
Episode 1 dealt with the end of WW2, the French trying to reassert their rule in the area, and the rise of the Viet Minh.
Episode 2 tonight took us through 1963, and the assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem. At the age of 13, I remembered the circumstances, but I got a lot of background added this evening.
If you can see it, I’d recommend it.
I’ll be interested how they cover the Tet offensive in 1968.
So far the program seems to present the history in an objective manner.
On your PBS station.