To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the start of U.S. combat operations in the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, will open a new exhibit today, November 6, called “Courage, Commitment, and Fear: The American Soldier in the Vietnam War.” The exhibit features the first-person stories of Army veterans of the Vietnam War. The curators of the exhibit say that its emphasis is on “honorable service and varied experiences of the American soldier in the Vietnam War.”
The exhibit includes realistic representations of a spider hole and several booby traps so that visitors can get a feeling for some of the things American troops faced on the ground in Vietnam. There’s also a film called “Our Journey Through War, ” which has interviews with Vietnam veterans and their families.
The exhibit will be on display for two years. The opening ceremony is free and open to the public. For more info, go to www.USAHEC.org or call 717-245-3972.