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The Vietnam War: A Look Back

How do Kansas Citians remember the Vietnam War? Two veterans and a conscientious objector look back. Have our memories of Vietnam shaped our responses to more recent conflicts?


  • Tommy Pond, U.S. Marine, served from 1964-1968
  • James H. Willbanks, Chair of Military History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, consultant to Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on The Vietnam War
  • Henry Stoever, conscientious objector

Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at, or on Twitter.