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