Aired: November 7, 2015

Battlefields, Boeings and Basketball Courts

This special Veterans Day episode of With Good Reason shares memories from a few whose lives were changed by the Vietnam War.


  • Battlefields, Boeings and Basketball Courts (28 min.)

    With: Ron Ritter, Jon McGlocklin, Marne Davis Kellogg, John L. Sales Jr.

    Ron Ritter, Naval Supply Officer: On River Patrol in the Mekong Delta.

    Jon McGlocklin, former NBA player: NBA All-Star plays pick-up games with the troops.

    Marne Davis Kellogg, stewardess: A flight attendant firmly tells the soldiers, “See you on the way back.”

    Marine John L. Sales Jr., Marine: A young marine’s life is saved by the sacrifice of a friend.

  • Messages From a Forgotten Troopship (24 min.)

    In the 1960s, it took almost three weeks to cross the sea from America to Vietnam. The General Nelson M. Walker was one of those ships, and we hear from a few of the soldiers who traveled on it.  Through found tape and contemporary interviews, we recreate the troopship experience and capture the moments outside of combat—three weeks there, and, for the lucky ones—three weeks back.  These stories were produced in partnership with The Vietnam Graffiti Project.

  • Vietnam Graffiti Stories

    During the 1960s, thousands of soldiers traveled to and from Vietnam on massive troopships. During those voyages, the soldiers left behind canvas bunkbeds scrawled with graffiti. Allison Quantz reports on one Virginia man who is preserving the Vietnam graffiti and the stories that go along with it.

  • Washington Post

    Read the story behind our audio documentary Messages From a Forgotten Troopship in The Washington Post.


2 Comments on “Battlefields, Boeings and Basketball Courts”

  1. Theresa melchiorre

    This story just blew me away – particularly the story about the fiancé of August pitaglio. I cried. I was born in 1964.

    1. allisonquantz Post author

      Hi Theresa, thanks for listening and thanks for the note. Even after hundreds of listens, we still get choked up hearing Arlen’s story. It was such an honor to get to share it.

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