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. 

Vietnam Experience | KCPT Storybooth

Rodney Heelan served in the 57th Signal Battalion in Ft. Hood, Texas and Vietnam. Submitted at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum on July 6, 2017.

Thomas Ponds | Stories of Service | Vietnam

Vietnam veteran Thomas Ponds served multiple tours in the U.S Marine Corps. He shares how he saw attitudes towards Vietnam veterans change over time.

Jim Maher | Stories of Service | Vietnam

Vietnam veteran Jim Maher served in the U.S. Navy. He talks about what coming home was like.

Henry Stoever

ALTERNATIVE SERVICE 1970-1972

Remembering Those Who Served I KCPT Storybooth

David Nelson remembers those who served and shares a story about a visit to Da Nang, Vietnam where his brother served. Submitted at the Mid-Continent Public Library - Antioch Branch on September 9, 2017.

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.

Reflections on the Vietnam War | KCPT Storyboothhttps://yout

From Ron Stockbauer: "I served on a Navy River Patrol Boat in the Mekong Delta in 1970. Prior to my tour in Vietnam I was very much against our involvement and my experience in Vietnam just confirmed my feelings. 

John Krisman | Stories of Service | Vietnam

Vietnam veteran John Krisman shares his experience riding on tanks during his service in the U.S. Army.

James Rifenbark | Stories of Service | Vietnam

Vietnam veteran James Rifenbark shares his experience as a U.S. Army photographer.

Effects of Vietnam War on Family I KCPT Storybooth

Lupe Banuelos, who served 2 tours in Da Nang, Vietnam in 1971 and 1972, reflects on the effects of the war on his family.

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.

Life in the service | KCPT Storybooth

Floyd Jones described his service. Submitted at the National World War I Museum and Memorial on June 22, 2017.

My Stepfather Bill Phillips | KCPTStorybooth

John Hopkins shares the story of his stepfather, Bill Phillips. Submitted at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum on July 6, 2017.

Rodney's Vietnam Experience | KCPT Storybooth

Rodney Lawerence Heelan served in the 587th cable construction battalion in Vietnam. Submitted at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum on July 16, 2017.

Mike Shanin | Stories of Service | Vietnam

Mike Shanin, host of KCPT's "Ruckus," served in the United States Army in Vietnam during the war. Hear him recount the story of how his photo ended up in his hometown paper.

First Night in Vietnam I KCPT Storybooth

Veteran Maurice Copeland tells the story of his first night in Vietnam. Submitted at the Mid-Continent Public LIbrary - Antioch Branch on September 7, 2017.

A Family Story I KCPT Storybooth

Abraham Joseph David shares a story about his uncle's death in the the Vietnam War.

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.

Our Life | KCPT Storybooth

Couple describes how the war brought them together. Submitted at the National World War I Museum and Memorial on June 28, 2017.

Helicopter Pilot -- Lam Son 719 | KCPTStorybooth

Curt Oldroyd discusses his service during the Vietnam War. Submitted at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum on July 4, 2017.

John Reichley | Stories of Service | Vietnam

Vietnam veteran John Reichley shares the friendship and bond he made with his Vietnamese translator.

Mayor Sly James | Stories of Service | Vietnam

Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Sly James is a United States Marine veteran of the Vietnam War era. He enlisted in April of 1971 and served four years. Hear him explain what it means to him to be a Marine.