Still Here: Vietnam War Stories (Series)
These are the stories of your friends and neighbors from Illinois who served in the Vietnam War, opposed it or became refugees because of the war. Their stories and experiences are often hidden. We hope this series will inspire intergenerational dialogue and reveal the harshest realities of war as well as journeys of survival and recovery.
Stories for “Still Here: Vietnam War Stories from Illinois,” were created from WILL’s oral history archive of interviews of Illinois residents who served in the Vietnam War, opposed the war or became war refugees. WILL collaborated with the oral history department at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, WSIU, WTVP and the Multimedia Reporting class in the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois in the collection of these oral histories. We thank our partners for their work.
Donald Hyche of Champaign, Illinois enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as an area door gunner during the Vietnam War from 1970 – 1971. He reflects on race relations, combat and his recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Constance Edwards of Frankfort, Illinois served as an officer in the Army Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War from 1966 until 1967. The United States Army recruited her while she was a student at Tuskegee University in Alabama, where she was born and lived until joining the Army.