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Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, October 16, segment one:
For the longest time after the Vietnam War ended in 1975 with the Communist takeover of Saigon in South Vietnam, Americans didn't talk about the conflict. There was too much pain. There was anguish over the loss of 58,000 service men and women who died, the realization that America had lost its first war, and how the conflict tore the nation apart back home.
Earlier this year, President Obama announced the 50 year commemoration of the war in Vietnam. Some found the announcement somewhat odd, since there isn't agreement when hostilities actually began. The first American was killed in Vietnam in the 1950s. American ground troops weren't delpoyed until 1965.
On Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll look back at the Vietnam War with Dr. Lewis "Bob" Sorley, who is considered one of the nation's most respected historians on Vietnam.
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