Vietnam War

Coming in September to WXXI-TV, The Vietnam War is an immersive, ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never-before been told on film.

These stories from WXXI News help to shape an understanding of the reasoning and impact from The Vietnam War ahead of the documentary in September. You can find more on the upcoming documentary including a 30-minute preview at WXXI.org/Vietnam.

Hospice Program Comforts Dying Veterans

Apr 6, 2015
Michelle Faust

“I started out in Southern France and ended up in Belgium," is how Palmer Gaetano describes his army service in World War II. The 92-year old lives in a hospice facility in Spencerport, near his daughter and her family.

Gaetano is one of more than 9 million American military veterans over the age of 65, according to 2013 census bureau figures.  With an aging population that includes vets from Vietnam, Korea, and World War II, there are 1,800 veteran deaths each day. One program strived to meet their increased need for end-of-life care.

Less than 1% of Americans serve in today’s military. However, in earlier generations, millions of Americans were drafted or volunteered for World War II and the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. Nine million served in Vietnam alone. Need to Know’s Michelle Faust brings us the story of what happens to these men and women as they age in our society and need end of life care.

Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

An annual remembrance held at MCC on this anniversary of  the 9/11 terrorist attacks focused on comments by veterans.

It's common for 9/11 ceremonies to talk a lot about veterans and their service right after the 2001 attacks, but it has a particularly important focus at MCC, because that college has an especially large contingent of students who are veterans and are either looking for academic advancement, or career training.

Among the speakers at this year's ceremony, Doug Williams, a Marine Corps veteran and MCC student who served in the first Persian Gulf War.

Very few Vietnam veterans have gone back to the country in which they fought. Former State Assemblyman Rolland Kidder decided to return to Vietnam, retrace his route on the river in which he patrolled, and find out what Vietnam is like, 40 years later. He wanted to know: what’s the long-term impact of our war losses? Kidder’s new book is called Backtracking in Brown Water.


Can injuries sustained in war - traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) -increase the likelihood of Alzheimer's Disease?  That is the central question of study being launched at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  

MC Honors Local Vietnam Veterans

Mar 29, 2013
Carlet Cleare / WXXI News

Local Vietnam Veterans are being recognized by Monroe County for their service in the nation's longest war.

During a ceremony at the Olmstead Lodge on Friday, county Executive Maggie Brooks declared March 29, 2013  Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.

"You are truly our hometown hero in ways that we can't express," Brook says.

Vets were individually honored with a certificate from the county - as a token of their appreciation.

The baby boomers were born in the two decades after World War II and known for their anti-establishment liberalism in the 1960s. But their beginnings have not made them a predictable Democratic voting block. In 2008, boomers narrowly backed Barack Obama, but they swung over to Republicans in 2010.

A year ago, nearly 1,000 U.S. Marine officers and enlisted men of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment deployed to restive Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. By the time their tour ended in April 2011, the Marines of the 3/5 — known as "Darkhorse" — suffered the highest casualty rate of any Marine unit during the past 10 years of war. This week, NPR tells the story of this unit's seven long months at war — both in Afghanistan and back home.

First of seven parts

Photo by Staff Sgt., Kevin Abbott, Joint Forces Headquarters NY

Rochester, NY – It's bye-bye Huey for members of the Rochester Army National Guard Aviation unit.

Monday morning, the 249th Medical Air Ambulance Company will fly four UH-1 helicopters out of town for the last time.

These "Hueys" became famous in the Vietnam war, used to airlift the injured soldiers away from battle.

Rochester, NY – A popular exhibit of photographs from the Vietnam War is finding a permanent home in Rochester's International Museum of Photography.

The George Eastman House is will get to keep the photos from anexhibit titled, "Requiem: By the Photographers Who Died in Vietnam and Indochina.''

The exhibit's 300-plus photos were donated by Vietnam War photographers Tim Page and Horst Faas. Fass is the London-based senior photo editor for The Associated Press.