Vietnam, 50 Years On
The Vietnam War was among the most controversial in our nation’s history. More than 50 years after the first U.S. combat troops headed to Southeast Asia, there are still insights to be gained about why our country got involved, why the war lasted so long and why it was so controversial. Matters such as these are addressed in a groundbreaking new exhibition at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C., opening November 10 and running through January 6, 2019.
Remembering Vietnam: Twelve Critical Episodes in the Vietnam War uses more than 80 original documents, artifacts and historic film footage from the National Archives—including newly declassified documents—to examine major events and turning points of the war, from its World War II origins to the fall of Saigon in 1975. First-person accounts from veterans, journalists, peace activists, historians and Vietnamese civilians bring voice to the period. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to listen to the famous “Domino Theory” excerpt from President Eisenhower’s April 7, 1954, press conference; see the CIA’s model of the notorious “Hanoi Hilton,” the prison where U.S. prisoners of war were held by the North Vietnamese; and read transcripts of radio intercepts of helicopter pilots during the Saigon airlifts. nara.gov
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of AAA World.