Nearly 50 years after the end of combat operations in Vietnam, Oregonians remain deeply affected by the events of those times. “Oregon Experience” explores the stories of a wide variety of people, from combat veterans, nurses and support personnel, to anti-war protestors and outspoken political leaders, grieving family members and today’s Vietnamese community — all coming to terms with an event that divided the country and forever marked those who lived through it. 

“The Vietnam War Oregon Remembers” is produced and written by Nadine Jelsing and Kami Horton and edited by Lisa Suinn Kallem and Bruce Barrow.

Funding for this program was provided by: Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer, The Oregon Cultural Trust, The Clark Foundation and The Holzman Foundation.

Resources and Information

Website Resources


  • Ed Eaton, “Mekong Mud Dogs: The Story of: SGT. Ed Eaton,” 2014
  • Jack Estes, “A Field of Innocence,” 2014
  • Jack Estes, “A Soldier’s Son,”  2016
  • Jonathan Hayes, “No Lilies or Violets, Reminiscences of a Fighter Pilot,” 2011
  • David A Horowitz, “Getting There, An American Cultural Odyssey,” 2015
  • Susan Keen, “Left Alive to Die: The Story of Blue Angels Leader,” 2011
  • Donna A. Lowery, “Women Vietnam Veterans, Our Untold Stories,” 2015
  • Karl Marlantes, “Matterhorn,” 2010
  • Karl Marlantes, “What It Is Like To Go To War,” 2011
  • Floyd McKay, “Reporting the Oregon Story,” 2016  
  • Michael Peterson, “The Combined Action Platoons: The U.S. Marines’ Other War in Vietnam,” 1989

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