In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 99

IC 99 Website CoverOne episode and a wake-up is left!

In the penultimate episode of In Country, I take time out from comics, movies, and the Vietnam War to talk about the war’s aftermath and Vietnam itself.  The episode begins with the history of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. along with descriptions of two other Vietnam War memorials that I’ve been to on Long Island and in Charlottesville.  I then talk about the postwar history of Vietnam and U.S. relations with Vietnam as well as look at the country in the present day via season 8, episode 1 of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.  Plus, listener feedback!

You can download the episode via Apple Podcasts or listen directly at the Two True Freaks website

In Country iTunes feed

In Country Episode 99 direct link

Some extras for you.

First, as mentioned in the feedback section, here is a link to the forthcoming book:

Comics, Trauma and the New Art of War by Harriet E. H. Earle

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is available for streaming in a number of places, including Amazon, Netflix, and Apple.  Here’s a link to the official webpage for the show’s look at Hanoi:

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Hanoi

Three war memorials were talked about on this episode.  First, here are a couple of links to information about the Suffolk County Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which is located on Bald Hill on Long Island, New York.

Suffolk County Parks Department: Suffolk County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park

Vietnam Veterans of America, Suffolk County Chapter

Charlottesville, Virginia is home to the Vietnam Dogwood Memorial, one of the earliest memorials to fallen soldiers in the war.  It honors those who died in the war from Charlottesville and Albemarle County and is located in McIntire Park.  Here are a couple of links to information about the memorial:

The Charlottesville Parks Department’s official site

The Charlottesville Dogwood Foundation’s webpage about the memorial

And here is a gallery of pictures from my visit to the Dogwood Memorial in August 2019.

Finally, the most well-known memorial I talked about is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washingon, D.C.  Here is the CBS News clip you heard in the episode from its dedication in 1982:

Here are a couple of links for information about the memorial:

The National Parks Service website about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website

A PBS News Hour page about things left behind at the wall

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund page where you can look at the many items left at the wall

The official NPS brochure for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial:

And finally, a few pictures I took back in 2003 when I visited the memorial:

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