The Vietnam War

As part of WPSU’s radio, television and web project “Vietnam: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” WPSU intern Kennedey Bell went to downtown State College to ask people to reflect on the Vietnam War.  

It’s a sunny afternoon on College Avenue with cars and people passing by. I asked the younger people I talked with what they knew about the Vietnam War, which happened long before they were born.  

Sharon Stringer and Edgar Farmer.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

Sharon Stringer talked to her friend Edgar Farmer about his time in Vietnam, as well as his transition to civilian life.  

Finding Solace At The Wall

Sep 15, 2017
Jeff Butch searches for Lonnie Newland's name on the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C.
Tim Lambert / WITF

(Washington D.C.) – It’s raining.  Hard.

But to a group of men in their 60’s and 70’s, the raindrops, the wind, and gray skies don’t seem to matter. They’re huddled in small groups and chatting in low voices as the walk down a sloping pathway.

They are going to visit some old friends.

Friends who never made it home from the Vietnam War.

Friends whose names are inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

Ho-Thanh Nguyen went back to Fort Indiantown Gap recently. Here, she’s in front of the National Guard training area where her barracks stood in 1975. She and her siblings lived here when they first resettled in the United States after fleeing Vietnam.
Tim Lambert / WITF

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP – Even after 40 years, Ho-Thanh Nguyen remembers.

“That’s an old, old, old building right there. All wood,” she says as we drive past a structure that is, like many on the military base, non-descript.

Then, in a hushed tone:

“I think that’s the chapel,” she says. “Yeah, that’s it, the one I was telling you about.”

nt Pasquinelli (right) and his son David.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

David Pasquinelli talked with his father, Brent Pasquinelli, about his military service in Vietnam.  

The WPSU-TV documentary “A Time to Heal” on the Vietnam War experience from a Pennsylvania perspective premieres Sept. 14 at 8 p.m.

Dr. Marge Nelson (in white coat) assisting patients at the Quang Ngai province prison in 1969.
Marge Nelson

Thousands of medical physicians worked alongside both soldiers and the South Vietnamese during the Vietnam War. Some of these doctors played a pacifist role while risking their lives.  WPSU intern Kennedey Bell talked with State College resident Marge Nelson, who worked as a doctor during the Vietnam War and was eventually captured as a prisoner of war.