STORIES

Dan Gannon Describes the Chaos of the Vietnam War
Sep 15, 2017 | 3 min

By 1969, more than half a million men and women were stationed in South Vietnam. Among them were several Iowans including Dan Gannon from Mingo.

Soldiers in Vietnam
May 18, 2015 | 60 Min

Learn about one of the most turbulent times in American history from the perspective of those who were there. Iowans Remember Vietnam counts the cost of an often misunderstood conflict, in which 115,000 Iowans served their country and 859 made the ultimate sacrifice.

Caesar Smith remembers his first mission in Vietnam
Sep 15, 2017 | 3 min

Caesar Smith graduated from Des Moines North High School in 1955 and attended the University of Iowa on a track scholarship. While on summer break in 1956, he decided to pursue a career in the U.S. Army. Nearly 8 years later, Lieutenant Smith was on his way to the Republic of Vietnam as a military advisor.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Vietnam Veterans
Sep 5, 2017 | 2 min

Dan Gannon, from Mingo, Iowa, served in Vietnam from 1969-1970 as a platoon leader with the 1st Marine Division.

Experiences of Vietnam Veterans Returning Home from War
Sep 5, 2017 | 5 min

When veterans returned home from Vietnam, some were treated well but many were treated very poorly.

U.S. Evacuation and Fall of Saigon During the Vietnam War
Sep 5, 2017 | 3 min

By 1974, the North Vietnamese troops had violated the Paris Peace Accords and had renewed their attack on the south. It was clear the Republic of Vietnam would fall.

The Paris Peace Accords End Direct Combat Role of United States in the Vietnam War
Sep 5, 2017 | 1 min

In January of 1973 the Paris Peace Accords were signed after four years of negotiations, with the intent to establish peace in Vietnam and end the war.

Opposition to the Vietnam War in the United States

As opposition to the Vietnam War grew, protests erupted in communities and college campuses across the United States.

A Veteran's Experience with Discrimination on the Battlefront and at Home During the Vietnam War
Sep 5, 2017 | 2 min

African Americans volunteered in large numbers for the Armed Forces during the

U.S. Veteran Describes Tactics of the Enemy During Vietnam War
Sep 5, 2017 | 2 min

U.S. veteran Vincent Lewis describes an experience with enemy tactics while serving in an artillery unit during the Vietnam War. The Viet Cong forces learned they could intercept U.S.