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News ::
16 Mar 2003
Modified: 17 Mar 2003
Leonard Magruder, President of Vietnam Veterans for Academic Reform, the
student auxiliary at the University of Kansas, today urged all Vietnam
veterans to contact PBS to support showing the important new 4-part film on
the Vietnam War, "The Long Way Home Project ", introduced by H. Norman
Schwarzkopf and winner of the Houston International Film Festival.
the student auxiliary at the University of Kansas

John Hughes - Honorary Chairman
C Co., 3rd Marine Reg., 3rd Marine Div.
Recipient - Purple Heart
Two tours of duty - Vietnam

Leonard Magruder - Founder/President
Former professor of psychology, Suffolk College, N.Y.


Leonard Magruder, President of Vietnam Veterans for Academic Reform, the
student auxiliary at the University of Kansas, today urged all Vietnam
veterans to contact PBS to support showing the important new 4-part film on
the Vietnam War, "The Long Way Home Project ", introduced by H. Norman
Schwarzkopf and winner of the Houston International Film Festival.
Producers of the film series say PBS is now considering broadcasting the
series, but wants to know if there is an audience of veterans and their
families that believe the four-part series is "important for American
viewers".The producers of the film are asking fellow Vietnam vets to please
contact PBS to express support for airing the series.
Said Mr. Magruder,"Two months ago we gave away 80 copies of our own
documentary on Vietnam to universities and veteran organizations to promote
it and two other new films on the war, "Silent Victory" and this film, "The
Long Way Home Project". Collectively, the three new films present a clear
challenge to the thirty year old campus or antiwar version of the war. The
film given away by my group, "How the Campus Lied About Vietnam", is now
being shown at universities such as the Univ. of Colorado, Duke Univ,
American Univ, Univ. of S.C., Rutgers Univ. , veteran organizations such as
the Special Forces Association, 1st Marine Division Association, DAV, the
American Legion, and numerous university R.O.T.C. units and high schools.
There was a world premiere of "Silent Victory " recently at the Sedona,
Arizona International Film Festival where it was very well received. A
remarkable account on film of Company F - 51st Long Range Patrol
(Airborne)-Infantry, it has won three awards at various film festivals
Now there is a chance for "The Long Way Home Project" to be seen
nationally on PBS depending on how many vets will e-mail or fax Cheryl Jones
at PBS in support of the showing. (see below for instructions for doing
We have reviewed the film in the company of Vietnam vets and all agree it
is the most important series we have seen, primarily because it is the most
up to date, the most accurate and objective, and the best documented. It is
especially "important for American viewers" at this time as false views of
the Vietnam War are beng used in arguments to support views on the current
crisis that are not in the interest of America. It is important , not so much
in terms of combat action, but in terms of telling the truth about the
purpose, progress, and outcome of the war. It will be very important for
educating high school students and college students about the war. The four
parts of the series are:
1) "Men vs. Myth" - corrects the myths about the veterans of Vietnam.
2) "How We Won the War" - by 1970 most of South Vietnam was in friendly hands.
3) "How We Lost the War" - includes the role of the war protests.
4) "The New Diaspora" - the story of the Vietnamese refugees from Communism.

This organization is in contact with dozens of chapter presidents of
Vietnam vet organizations such as the 1st Marine Division, the Special Forces
Asso. and Vietnam Veterans of America. We urge these presidents to contact
PBS, let them know who you are and some idea of your membership. In addition,
pass this e-mail on to your members, have them contact PBS, and then everyone
pass this on to other Vietnam vets. We are urging the same of the hundreds of
individual vets to whom we are sending this message.

To these new films must be added all the new history books, including
memoirs from the enemy, that are breaking ground in a totally new, much more
accurate and honest interpretation of the war. It is imperative that
American students, in fact the whole country, become aware, based on films
and books such as these of how mistaken the academics were who helped
engineer the campus war protests, something that is apparently happening
again today.

Following are excerpts from a review of "The Long Way Home Project " from
United Press Internatinal, written by Lou Marano. 2/5/2003

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The final battle of the Vietnam War will not be
for the hearts and minds of Indochinese villagers, but rather for the hearts
and minds of future generations of American children.
As part of that continuing struggle, a husband and wife filmmaking team has
made a documentary about the war that disputes the conventional wisdom on
whether it was winnable, the men who fought it, and the Vietnamese allies
America betrayed.
"We didn't know where the research would lead us," said Calvin Crane,
director of the four-hour series; "But the working hypothesis was that the
history of the Vietnam era was different from what has been presented."
Part Two, "How We Won the War," relies on the research of historians Lewis
Sorley and Mark Moyar to show that by the summer of 1970 the Communist forces
in South Vietnam were decimated and most of the countryside was in friendly
hands. A big chunk of the U.S. elite is personally invested in having the
war remembered as both unnecessary and unwinnable. As Sorley says, no amount
of evidence will alter their thinking. Sorley is author of "A Better War: The
Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedies of America's Last Years in Vietnam"
(1999) and biographies of Gens. Creighton Abrams and Harold K. Johnson.
The series benefits greatly from interviews with Merle Pribbenow, who
served for five years as Vietnamese language translator in the U.S. Embassy
in Saigon. Pribbenow continues to translate books and documents coming out of
Hanoi, gaining critical insights uncontaminated by American factionalism.
The documentary demonstrates that the 1968 Tet Offensive was a military
disaster for the Communists and is fair to the underrated South Vietnamese
Army, ARVN, which fought harder and suffered greater casualties than it is
given credit for.
Sorley said that by a certain period, the object had been achieved of a
free and independent South Vietnam capable of maintaining itself so long as
the United States kept its obligations -- a crucial variable.
Subj: The Long Way Home Project & PBS
Date: 03/14/2003 10:43:14 AM Pacific Standard Time
From: calvin(calvin)
To: Friends_of_the_Project

Dear Patriot:
I have great news. PBS now considering "The Long Way Home Project" for
broadcast. However, we must convince them there is an audience of veterans
and their families that believe the four-part series is important for
American viewers. Will you please contact the individual below to express
your support for airing The Long Way Home Project on PBS ? May I respectfully
request that you ask your friends to help out too? The series has passed
muster in their "factual information" division and is now being considered by
the senior programming team. Time is of the essence.

Cheryl Jones
Programming Development
1320 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22324

Fax - (703) 739-5295
Email = cjones (at)

Calvin Crane
The Long Way Home Project
calvin (at)

P.S. Cheryl Jones has been supportive thus far and is not responsible for
some of the very negative materials on Vietnam veterans and the war that have
aired on PBS in years past.

Magruder44 (at) 785-843-3737
for additional recent articles fromV.V.A.R., including the noted 10-part
series "Vietnam and the Media" see:

National media
Vietnam vets in Congress
Heads of Veterans Organizations
Individual Vietnam vets

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Board of Advisors - National

Mr.Richard Kitson - President, Vietnam Veterans of America - Suffolk Chapter
(New York)
Mr. Dennis Garbosky - founder, Vietnam War Historical Society (New York)
Lt. Col. Chuck Allen (ret.) - founder, “National Vietnam Veterans Review�
(North Carolina)
Mr. Ray Gallagher - past Commander, American Legion - Toronto (Canada)
Col. Stanley Horton - former Director, V.V.Leadership- Houston (Texas)
Mr. John Lowe - Commander, Native American Veterans Association (Kansas)
Mr. Roger Young - Co-Editor, “Northwest Veterans Newsletter�, and military
consultant - (Washington)
Mr. Stephen Markley - former Director, V.V.Leadership - Minnesota (Kansas)
Dr. William Beausay - Academic Consultant - psychology (Ohio)
Mr. Steve Hawkins - President, Committee on the Crisis in Education (Kansas)
Mr. Bernie Russo - President, VVA Chapter #484, Editor, VVA Newspaper- Conn.
Edition (Connecticut)
Mr. Joseph P. Larson - Consultant - Computer Science (Kansas)
Beverly Haire - Consultant - POW/MIA issues (Florida)
Mr. William Street - history - Vietnam War (Hawaii)
Mr. Dan M. Steinruck - Virginia State Director for Point Man Ministries
Mr. Bill Laurie - Academic Consultant - History of Vietnam War (Arizona)
Rev. Lloyd Snodgrass - Academic Consultant -Theology (Kansas)
Past members:
Mr. David Horowitz - President, Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Mr. Jack O’Brian - President, Vietnam Veterans of America - Long Island
Chapter (New York)
Mr. Michael Capel - Editor, Campus Report, -AIA (Washington)
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democracy (english)
17 Mar 2003
if a democratic election would have been held in Vietnam, Ho Chi Mihn would have won by a landslide. When Washington realized this, that was the end of 'democracy' for Vietnam, and they go invaded instead.

One way for Americans to avoid Vietnam type wars is to allow people to vote for the left. This was also true in Iran (voted left, got a coup and the Shah) and places like Chile (got a coup d'etat), Nicaragua (voted for the left, got the Contras) and on and on and on the list goes.
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19 Oct 2004
Painting a rosey picture of the Vietnam War in an attempt to rewrite history only serves to support our corrupt self-serving government in the face of the evidence. The Vietnamese want to rule themselves, they want to control their own destiny. They threw out one colonial power, the French, in time for the US to come "rescue" them. Ho Chi Minh was a national hero for over throwing the French. How can we oppose a movement of the people? a revolution? How could we win against nationalists?