Vietnam Still Here

Still Here: Vietnam War Stories from Illinois


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

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 Mark DePue from the Oral History Department at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, WSIU, WTVP and Strech Ledford's Multimedia Reporting class in the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois in the collection of these oral histories. We thank our collaborators for their work.