11:47 | Wayne Waddell remembers the conditions in the Hanoi Hilton and the little things that made it possible for them to keep their spirits up while imprisoned and the circumstances that brought them home.
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Wayne Waddell recounts his early life and the circumstances that led to his joining the Air Force.
Wayne Waddell recalls his first encounters flying in Vietnam and getting acquainted with taking many missions.
Wayne Waddell describes the circumstances in Thailand & Vietnam that led to his capture by the Chinese Liberation Army.
Wayne Waddell recounts some of the conditions he had to go through in the prison camps and the time that he was recorded by East German filmmakers and later identified by his family so that they knew he was a POW.
Wayne Waddell tells of the comrade he shared a prison cell with and the relationship that is formed in close quarters like that and the small things that happen that keep your spirits up.
Wayne Waddell remembers one of the tactics that his Vietnamese captors used to extract information from them and the extreme toll it took on some of the soldiers.
Wayne Waddell details the communication process that they had in the camp and the various things they could utilize to keep themselves sane.
Wayne Waddell speaks to the nature of the relationship between the American prisoners and the Viet guards.
Wayne Waddell remembers the "Dog Patch", an area where they spent a portion of their time imprisoned.
Wayne Waddell remembers the plane ride home to the States after all the years in the prison camp and all the adjustments he had to make in returning home.
Wayne Waddell remembers all the things that changed in the States over the 6 years he was gone.
Wayne Waddell remembers his Air Force career after his time in the prison camp.
Wayne Waddell remembers a few of his captors that he forged a small relationship with and wishes to reconnect with after his time in the camp.
Wayne Waddell gives his advice for future generations as they try to navigate future global conflicts.
He made Buck Sergeant about the time he figured out that he and his buddies were basically fighting for each other and for no other reason. They were taking a large bunker complex and when two others were under fire, he went out to get them. After the fight was over, he was disturbed to learn what his superiors intended to do about the enemy base.
As Marine Captain Ron Christmas fought to regain the city of Hue, he found the enemy adept at concealment and surprise. Every soldier in a spider hole was armed with a rifle and a RPG launcher. He also encountered a nun with an AK-47. His action during this time earned him the Navy Cross.
In a letter home, Tommy Clack expressed his worry that something bad was going to happen and it did when his unit engaged the NVA near the Cambodian border. He saw the enemy soldier stand and fire the RPG that changed his life forever.
The RPG that severed Joe McDonald’s foot didn’t kill him. The machine gun fire that hit him as he still tried to help others didn’t kill him. The grenade taped to his hand might have killed him if the VC had found his hiding place.
McMahon becomes part of the Combined Action Program (CAP), working with Vietnamese militia to protect villages from Viet Cong thugs. On one occasion, the village is spared from enemy attack by an army artillery unit acting without orders. He and the villagers develop a bond that would last for decades.
Charlie McMahon leads a convoy into Hue, unaware that the Tet Offensive has begun. Upon discovering a city occupied by stubborn North Vietnamese forces, he and his team tread carefully, battling the entrenched army street-by-street, house-by-house.
Sardo Sanchez always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, a WWII marine veteran... but his combat experiences have profound and lasting effects on his relationship with his parents, his siblings and his wife.
On his second tour, Sanchez is assigned to a CAP unit, where he develops a close bond with fellow soldiers, along with some of the villagers he protects. Under the leadership of a distant but dedicated sergeant, his platoon learns to survive day by day.
After returning home, Joe Ponds found a pretty hostile response for his fellow soldiers. They even had to deal with some increased problems because American politicians took actions that harmed their position. The purpose of a war needed to be a devoted commitment to something, which he feels was not in place during the Vietnam War.
Now stateside, Kramer navigates the restrictions his injury has placed on his military career. Thanks to his administrative skills, he lands a government job and works his way up through the ranks, but becomes frustrated with the apathy of the reservists he oversees. He offers sober advice to future war vets.
With great difficulty, Sardo Sanchez recounts critical events that prove both devastating and fortunate. After taking the life of a VC soldier, he is hit by a sniper and told he may never walk again. In a state of shock, he narrowly avoids a fatal miscalculation.
While heading home from Vietnam, the U.S.S. Manley made its way across the Indian Ocean and up through North Africa. While at port, they had a close encounter maneuvering the ship out into the correct direction but ended up having a smooth trip back to Charleston.