Remembering Vietnam 50 years later

The war in Vietnam remains a controversial topic even after almost 40 years of the Communist takeover following the United States pullout of troops. Known also as the Second Indochina War it was very divisive in the United States, Europe and other countries around the world.  

For several years, military advisors had been sent to Vietnam by the U.S. government which escalated when President John F. Kennedy was in office. Finally, in March 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson sent the first combat troops to South Vietnam. The announcement was made at a noontime press conference because it was assumed it would be a short engagement.

Mary Reynolds Powell was a senior in high school in 1965, but five-and-a-half years later she was a captain in the Army Nurse Corps serving in a war that would not end. Mary authored "A World of Hurt: Between Innocence and Arrogance in Vietnam" based upon her experiences and the stories of veterans she compiled.

Join us on Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. when Mary talks about her service in Vietnam as well as the people she met upon her return who wanted their stories told. This program will be presented at the Bay Village Branch Library, 502 Cahoon Road, in collaboration with the Bay Village Historical Society. A book sale and signing will follow.

Barbara Isaacs

Public Services Librarian II at Bay Village Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library

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