Mini Doc on the ‘Faces of the American Dead in Vietnam’ LIFE Magazine issue

Jef Connor, a former professor at Harvard and Georgetown, spend four years working on a documentary to memorialize the 242 U.S. service members who lost their lives in the Vietnam War in one week in May of 1969. Those men were memorialized in the famed “Faces of the American Dead in Vietnam: One Week’s Toll” June 27, 1969, issue of LIFE Magazine.

The doc was going to focus on what the KIAs would have done “with fifty more years of life and how has their deaths affected their families and friends fifty years later,” Connor said. “Interwoven was a story about a couple of editors who came to believe that LIFE was on the wrong side of history and, after years of editorial support for the war, proposed a different stand.”

That full-length film did not get made. But Connor has produced a fifteen-minute documentary on the subject, along with a five-minute film that contains all of the photos that appeared in LIFE.  Both are compelling. Take a look at


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