Still Here: Vietnam War Stories from Illinois

October 19, 2017

Pat Mayer

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 woven together in this 60-minute program to reveal the harshest realities of war as well as journeys of survival and recovery.

Still Here: Vietnam War Stories from Illinois features the stories of Donald Hyche, Marine helicopter gunner; Constance Edwards, officer in the Army Nurse Corps; Terry Hairrell, Army Infantryman; Jerome Wiese, Army medic; Ut Ha, former resident of Vietnam; Bon Bui, South Vietnamese Marine and POW; and Timothy Kendall, pacifist and draft resister.


2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award - News Documentary

2018 Public Radio News Director Incorporated - Long Documentary, 2nd Place, Division B

2017 Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters - 1st place, Best Series or Documentary

Central Illinois Vietnam War Stories

A man being interviewed on camera in a studio

Oral History Interview: Donald Hyche

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.

two women, Constance Edwards in uniform on the right

Oral History Interview: Constance Edwards

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.