Kansas City's Vietnam Voices

Ahead of the upcoming documentary series The Vietnam War, KCPT is collecting stories and reflections from veterans, refugees and community members who have been impacted by the war in Vietnam. Explore Kansas City's Vietnam Voices below and share your story here.

The Day Before the Fall of Saigon

Nguyet Ha-Le was born in Thai Binh, Vietnam, in 1953. She was born into a large family – the fifth of 10 children. From a comfortable life in North Vietnam to struggle in the divided South, Ha-Le recounts the events of the day before the fall of Saigon, her family's harrowing escape, and the path that led her to Kansas City.
 

Vietnam Nam Tet 68-69 | KCPT Storybooth

Mel Carney discusses his time serving in the Vietnam War. Submitted at the National World War I Museum and Memorial on May 29, 2017.

KC Marine on a Mission to restore Vietnam Memorial Fountain

Michael Focke is a Marine, who served in the Iraq War. Now he spends his days connecting fellow veterans to transition services in Kansas City. One day after talking with local Vietnam veterans he decided to visit the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Fountain. He found trash and a need for major repairs. 

Earl Boutell | Stories of Service | Vietnam

Vietnam veteran Earl Boutell shares how Kansas Senator Bob Dole made a difference in his service.

What comes to mind when you hear Vietnam War?

From Navy to Air Force, Marines to Army, nearly 100 Vietnam veterans and their families marked their service on a large 13 by 20-foot map of the Vietnam War on Sunday, May 29, during the annual Bank of America Celebration at the Station.

Flatland KC's Binita Dahal asked veterans and other attendees what comes mind when they hear Vietnam War.

Vietnam 1953 | KCPT Storybooth

Jim Tate speaks of his memories of the Vietnam War in 1953. Submitted at the National World War I Museum and Memorial on May 26, 2017.

William Leppert | Stories of Service | Vietnam

Vietnam veteran William Leppert shares his experience as a cryptologist in the U.S. Navy. Leppert talked about his experiences in Vietnam as part of KCPT's Stories of Service and community engagement around "The Vietnam War."

Anthony Pino | Stories of Service | Vietnam

One of Tony Pino's most vivid memories from his service in the U.S. Army in Vietnam are his "midnight requisitions."

American women in Vietnam | KCPT Storybooth

Carol Fair speaks about women in the Vietnam War. Submitted at the National World War I Museum and Memorial on May 28, 2017.

Two tours as a Chaplain's Assistant | KCPT Storybooth

For nearly two full tours, Arnold Swift worked with Chaplains setting up services and doing Memorial Services. Submitted at the National World War I Museum and Memorial on May 26, 2017.