• An African American’s Experience with Discrimination on the Battlefront and at Home During the Vietnam War

    African Americans volunteered in large numbers for the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. For some, the color line among troops blurred quickly in battle, but many still faced discrimination when they returned home. This segment from Iowa Public Television's Iowans Remember Vietnam documentary includes archival footage and interviews of veterans of the war.


    Grades: 6-12
  • Agent Orange and the Vietnam War

    Agent Orange was the name of a potent herbicide that was used by United States troops during the Vietnam War to defoliate trees in the jungle. The chemical has since been determined to cause various diseases, including cancer. This segment from Iowa Public Television's Iowans Remember Vietnam documentary includes archival footage, and a first-person account of a veteran and his experiences with Agent Orange.

    Grades: 6-12
  • U.S. Veteran Describes Experiences as a Helicopter Pilot in the Vietnam War

    A United States Marine veteran describes his experiences as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. His duties ranged from delivering mail, to troop insertion and extraction, and picking up wounded soldiers. This segment from Iowa Public Television's Iowans Remember Vietnam documentary includes historical archival footage and first-person accounts to describe events and experiences of the war.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Vietnam Veteran Memorial

    In this Building Block video, the camera tilts down to show a black granite panel engraved with the names of fallen soldiers.

    Grades: All
  • Facing It, by Yusef Komunyakaa

    Fourteen years after the Vietnam War, veteran and contemporary poet Yusef Komunyakaa wrote about facing the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial wall and the memories and images the wall evoked. In this video segment from Poetry Everywhere, Komunyakaa reads his poem, "Facing It" at the Dodge Poetry Festival.

    Read "Facing It" at the Poetry Foundation.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Rescue Mission in Vietnam | Navy SEALs - Their Untold Story

    Against all odds, Navy SEALs Mike Thornton and Tom Norris saved lives—and earned two Medals of Honor—in Vietnam. Learn how these brave men risked everything to complete their mission, treading water for hours, surviving bullet wounds, and even calling in an American destroyer to bombard their position. After they returned to the U.S., both men were awarded the military’s highest honor, marking the only time in history that one Medal of Honor recipient has saved the life of another.

    Grades: 6-12
  • SEALs in the Vietnam War | Navy SEALs - Their Untold Story

    Understand key elements of U.S. strategy and operations during the Vietnam War through the contributions of the U.S. Navy SEALs to this conflict. SEAL teams partnered with the CIA to train their South Vietnamese counterparts and they collaborated with American military scientists on weapons technology. Because they wore camouflage makeup during their missions, the SEAL combat teams in Vietnam were known as “Men with Green Faces.”

    Grades: 6-12