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September 17, 1989 | JANICE ARKATOV
"A few years ago I started thinking about Vietnam," recalled playwright Doris Baizley. "It was just before 'Platoon' came out; I don't know what precipitated it. I think it was just one of those things we haven't wanted to think about that suddenly starts appearing. For me, it was a very big thing that happened in my past. . . . The ramifications now are how it changed our lives." Baizley (author of the '50s-set comedy "Mrs.
May 16, 2012 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.
President Obama awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor to a Vietnam-era warrior Wednesday, commemorating his bravery as well as a generation of veterans often  forgotten, even shunned, by the nation they served. Obama presented the medal to the widow of Spc. Leslie H. Sabo Jr. in a televised ceremony from the East Room of the White House, 42 years after he gave his life to save his comrades from a North Vietnamese ambush in Cambodia. “He saved his comrades who meant more to him than life,” Obama said at the ceremony, also saluting other Vietnam War veterans.
August 21, 1994 | Michael Clough, Michael Clough is a senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations
The debate over U.S. policy toward Haiti is heavily laden with historical irony. Like most liberals who came of age during the Vietnam era, National Security Adviser W. An thony Lake, Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott and most other senior officials in the Clinton Administration who favor an invasion were vehement opponents of military intervention in the Third World.
April 29, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Palo Alto -- Stanford University's Faculty Senate voted Thursday to invite the Reserve Officer Training Corps back to the campus for the first time since the Vietnam War era, a turnaround prompted by the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays serving openly in the military. Stanford's President John L. Hennessy said he would soon start discussions with the military branches to return ROTC to the university, joining other elite schools in welcoming back the officer training units that had been pushed off campus or denied academic standing during the antiwar movement of the 1970s.
February 16, 2004 | Ronald Brownstein
It was perhaps the most electric moment in a campaign filled with drama. The year was 1996, and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kerry was seeking his third term against charismatic Republican Gov. William Weld. In a debate, Weld was hammering Kerry over his opposition to the death penalty, even for cop killers. Kerry silenced the room with his response. "I know something about killing," Kerry said simply. "I don't like killing. I don't think the state honors life by turning around and killing."
September 29, 1998 | From Associated Press
In 1966, while a soldier in Vietnam, Teddy Pawlyshyn wrote a letter to himself. In it, he said, "We shouldn't be here." Years later, the memory of that letter has kept Pawlyshyn from feeling resentment toward the thousands who protested the war during the Vietnam era. At the opening Sunday of the nation's first museum dedicated to that time, Pawlyshyn said it was important to present both sides of the conflict for the benefit of future generations.
After an emotional court-martial Tuesday that at times served as a sad retrospective of the Vietnam War, a 45-year-old Marine corporal who deserted 25 years ago was reduced to the rank of private and given a bad-conduct discharge. He was, however, spared from serving time in a military prison. Appearing wan and tearful, Cpl. Donald J.
November 28, 1993 | Suzanne Garment, Suzanne Garment, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of "Scandal: The Culture of Mistrust in Politics" (Times Books)
The Clinton Administration probably should have been allowed to have its way and make Morton H. Halperin assistant secretary of defense. Now, however, his chances of getting the job look slim. His nomination was returned to the White House, after one hearing, by the Senate Armed Services Committee.
September 20, 1985 | Associated Press
Benjamin Sasway, the first man jailed since the Vietnam era for refusing to register with the Selective Service, was released today from a federal prison camp after serving six months of a 2 1/2-year sentence, authorities said. Sasway, 24, was picked up at the Lompoc federal prison camp by his parents. His attorney, Charles Bumer of San Diego, said Sasway's release on parole contains no special provisions. "For the time being, I think he intends to return to college full time," the lawyer said.
March 17, 1992
In response to "Vietnam Era's Hold on America," March 5: I agree that the '92 campaign has released some old demons and forced us to examine what we've tried to forget. It is healthy to evaluate our past, especially the painful memories we sometimes try to bury. The so-called emotional baggage you refer to has another name--history. If we as a nation shed the emotional baggage on issues such as Vietnam, we will lose our perspective and repeat the mistakes of the past. There is no emotional statute of limitations, as President Bush has told us. In fact, that is just what the Vietnam War Memorial is saying: Never forget!
March 12, 2011 | By Cynthia Dizikes and Abby Sewell, Tribune Newspapers
The protests that rocked Madison over the last month drew union members and students ? but some key figures in the mobilizations were both. Members of the Teaching Assistants' Assn. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison spearheaded the two-week occupation of the Capitol that began Feb. 15 ? two days before Democratic senators fled the state to stall legislation limiting public employees' union rights. The students helped organize food and other supplies for the makeshift overnight campground in the rotunda.
June 27, 2010 | By Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times
Television screens in California last week were filled with pictures that looked like finds from a time capsule. A McGovern poster. Peace signs. Woodstock-esque views of young people having fun doing who knows what. A war helicopter, vaguely reminiscent of the Vietnam era, arcing sharply as if to avoid fire. It was not an ad for a documentary on the 1960s or some PBS show on the Vietnam War. It was an ad for Meg Whitman's campaign for governor. On one level, the ad was meant to portray Democratic nominee Jerry Brown as a doddering has-been, the political equivalent of the almost-extinct machine it also pictured, the record turntable.
November 19, 2007 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Francine Parker, a director best known for the film "FTA," a documentary with Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland that chronicles a tour of antiwar entertainers during the Vietnam era and that was inexplicably pulled from theaters within a week of its 1972 release, has died. She was 81. Parker, who was one of the first female members of the Directors Guild of America and fought to expand opportunities for women in the industry, died of heart failure Nov.
November 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Denis Johnson's "Tree of Smoke," a 600-page journey through the physical, moral and spiritual extremes of the Vietnam War and its aftermath, won the National Book Award for fiction Wednesday night. "I'm very sorry to miss this one chance to dress up in a tuxedo in front of so many representatives in the worlds of literature, and say thank you to the people who have given me my life," the author said in a statement read by his wife, Cindy.
October 8, 2007 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
He is a shy boy, wincing from the stabbing pain of jagged shrapnel in his leg, a casualty of a war that ended 25 years before he was born. His name is To and he is 7, too young to understand why a weapon brought halfway around the world lay hidden in the dirt behind his wooden house, waiting to explode. It happened on a cold morning in mid-February while To was huddling with about 10 people near a small fire his father had built.
September 25, 2007 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Ivan Hinderaker, the longest-serving chancellor of UC Riverside, who led the campus in its formative years as it struggled for students and respect, has died. He was 91. Hinderaker died Sunday in an Irvine nursing home. The cause of death was not released, but friends said he had been in declining health since his wife died four years ago. "He was well-known for being a real advocate for students and the community and the arts," said Bettye Miller, a spokeswoman for the university.
May 30, 1989
A Vietnam War memorial in Philadelphia was splashed with white paint, upsetting veterans paying a Memorial Day visit to the granite monument, police said. Police said they believed only one person was involved in the early-morning act of vandalism. A paint can and a straw hat draped with an American flag were found nearby. Firefighters removed the latex paint from smooth surfaces on the monument but were unable to remove it from a more porous surface that is engraved with the names of more than 600 Philadelphians who died in Vietnam.
February 11, 1993
In response to "For One Vietnam Vet, There Will Be No Cease-Fire," Feb. 2: As a Marine Corps Vietnam-era vet ('66-'68), I take strong exception to Assemblyman Mickey Conroy's (R-Orange) vendetta against state Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica). Regardless of his personal feelings, Conroy should stop wasting the taxpayers' money on such foolishness and get back to doing his job; he wasn't elected to revisit the real or imagined sins of the Vietnam War. Hayden did what he thought was right at the time and so did I and so did Conroy.
January 21, 2007 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
As President Bush was preparing to announce plans to send more troops to Iraq earlier this month, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy chose to talk about another conflict. "In Vietnam, the White House grew increasingly obsessed with victory, and increasingly divorced from the will of the people," the 74-year-old Massachusetts Democrat said in a speech to the National Press Club. "We all know what happened, though," he continued. "There was no military solution to that war....
July 6, 2006 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Swift boats own a small but tortured part of Navy history. The shallow-water craft crewed by armed sailors patrolled the rivers of Vietnam, one of the most dangerous missions in the Navy. In the 2004 presidential campaign, the boats emerged as part of a bitter debate over whether Navy veteran John F. Kerry, the skipper of one of the 50-foot vessels, was a slacker or a hero. Now, 30 years after Swift boats were mothballed, the Navy has decided they are just what's needed in Iraq and beyond.
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