May 30, 2010
William G. Behan Michael F. Bingham Lawrence J. Bolger Michael J. Crescenz Charles E. Diamond Thomas A. Duckett Herbert L. Farrington John J. Gallagher Charles L. Isley Gerald J. Kelly James P. Kelly James J. Kline Thomas J. Laughlin Louis R. Lordi William E. Lund James M. Lynch Thomas K. Lyons Leo J. Mangold John J. Murphy David C. Piotrowicz James M....
May 3, 1990 |
Two tales of war top this week's list of video releases: a hard-bitten story of the consequences of the U.S. experience in Vietnam, and a straightforward look at how a few people labored to bring an explosive end to World War II. IN COUNTRY (1989) (Warner) $89.95. 120 minutes. Emily Lloyd, Bruce Willis, Kevin Anderson, Judith Ivey. Norman Jewison's work is the first second-generation Vietnam film. It considers the war's impact as much from the perspective of an orphaned teenage girl in rural Kentucky as from the viewpoint of burned-out veterans.
July 17, 1993 |
Protesters gathered outside City Hall yesterday to begin a 24-hour fast demanding the release of political prisoners in Vietnam. The Movement for Freedom and Democracy in Vietnam is organizing the demonstration.
October 8, 1986
Charles Liteky, 55, has been fasting since Sept. 1 in front of the U.S. Capitol to protest intervention in Nicaragua. Mr. Liteky had received the Medal of Honor as an Army chaplain in Vietnam for having put his life on the line to save 20 wounded GIs. Now this brave man is again making a statement with his life by not eating until our government realizes we are in another Vietnam, with our military aid to the Nicaraguan contras. He has been joined in his fast by three other veterans.
May 31, 1986 |
When President Reagan indulges in one of his casual commentaries on Vietnam - as he did in his Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery - I usually find myself wishing he would say either a great deal more or a good deal less. At Arlington, the President noted (and it is true so far as it goes) that the burden of actually fighting that unpopular war fell to "the unpampered boys of the working class. " What more might he have said? Perhaps this: That in its eagerness to cushion the impact of the war on American public opinion, the Johnson administration declined to mobilize the reserves and tried to fight the war with draftees.
March 22, 1986 |
It was the long shadow of Vietnam, more than a decade after the final, inglorious American departure, that defeated President Reagan when the House of Representatives voted against military aid to the Nicaraguan rebels. Again and again, as the debate reached a climax on the House floor, the specter of American troops bogged down in an indecisive war haunted many members of the House - but especially the Democrats. For it was Democrats under President Lyndon Johnson who plunged the nation headlong into Vietnam 20 years ago. And many of them clearly don't want to risk a replay in Central America.
January 5, 1990 |
Over the heartbreaking course of Born on the Fourth of July, Ron Kovic is transformed from a crew-cut patriot to a long-haired protester against the war he once believed in. It was a war that left Kovic trapped in a wheelchair - a paralyzed veteran who became a potent symbol to a generation shattered in body and soul by Vietnam. Director Oliver Stone is a member of that generation, and a Vietnam vet himself. He vented his stored rage in Platoon; he's a filmmaker of unique and proven credentials on this subject.
July 4, 1989 |
In the spring of 1966, at the age of 17, I enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Lyndon Johnson had only recently warned the American people that if we did not stop the communists in Vietnam, we would one day have to fight them on the sands of Waikiki, and the words of John Kennedy were still reverberating in my heart as if he'd spoken them directly to me: "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. " I was going to serve my country in Vietnam. I had never heard of Archimedes Patti or Christian de Castries, Edward Lansdale or the Binh Xuyen - key figures in the early stages of the Vietnam conflict.
July 25, 1989 |
The three hospitalized Vietnam veterans in Pvt. Wars never talk about the war. But that traumatic conflict is the subject of James McLure's play, which is more interested in the damage inflicted on the American psyche than it is in battlefield wounds. The guys are all psycho cases, and their struggle to return to civilian life is frequently funny but basically tragic. Their plight and the nation's have the same subtext. This is a successful play in just about every respect. I saw and admired it first 10 years ago as a one-acter with McLure's wildly funny Lone Star at the annual new- play festival in Louisville, Ky. Since then, McLure has expanded Pvt. Wars to two acts, which are strongly sustained in this McCarter Theater Company summer production.
February 3, 2013
Pham Duy, 91, Vietnam's most prolific songwriter, who captured the strength of his people through years of turbulence, and composed dozens of tunes after settling in California, died Jan. 27, from heart ailments after two operations, in Ho Chi Minh City, said his daughter Thai Hanh. Known as the "musician of 1,000 songs," Mr. Pham was revered by generations of Vietnamese, who memorized his melodies and taught them to their children and grandchildren. He led a musical dynasty that included his wife, diva Thai Hang, and eight children, who performed around the world as part of the band the Dreamers.