Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

Synopsis: A documentary featuring letters written by U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Viet Nam War to their families and friends back home. Archive footage of the war and news coverage thereof augment the first-person 'narrative' by men and women who were in the war, some of whom did not survive it.
Director(s): Bill Couturié
Production: HBO Films
  Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.9
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
PG-13
Year:
1987
84 min
763 Views

What a life.

There are absolutely

no comforts in our job.

I carry nothing but a razor

and a bar of soap for comfort.

We wear the only clothes

we have

and wash them in rivers

and streams as we cross them.

You were right.

I managed to get myself

right in the middle of it all."

"Dear Tom, hi, how are you?

I hope all is well at home.

Everything's okay here.

My whole squad is

all a bunch of screwballs.

Eddie's running around

with an insect bomb

cursing the bugs.

The mosquitoes that come out

at night are man-eaters,

but the insect repellent

keeps them off.

It's safe in the daytime. We stand out

in the open or work on the bunker.

We can run up and down

the hill with no worries.

But at night we've got to stay

in the bunkers, as snipers sneak in.

Dennis."

"P.S., send some Kool-Aid.

The water here

tastes like shit."

I think I got

a booby trap here.

Roger Whiskey,

I have a booby trap...

trip wire tied

onto a branch,

grenade on the end of the trip wire.

Spoon is out.

"Dear Mom and Dad, the way

we move without contact

I begin to wonder

if the V.C. are even out there.

All the time

you know they are.

The great frustration is

that they don't come out and fight."

Be careful now!

Watch yourself.

"Dear Red, anyone

over here who walks

more than 50 feet

through elephant grass

should automatically

get a Purple Heart.

Try to imagine grass

possessing razor-sharp edges

eight to 15' high, so thick

as to cut visibility to one yard.

Then try to imagine

walking through it

while all around you are men possessing

the latest automatic weapons

who desperately want

to kill you.

You'd be amazed at how much

a man can age on one patrol."

"We're all scared.

One can easily see this emotion

in the eyes of each individual.

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Richard Dewhurst

Richard Dewhurst (May 26, 1826 - October 13, 1895) was an American lawyer, judge, banker and lumberman from Neillsville, Wisconsin who served in the Wisconsin State Assembly for four single discontinuous terms over four different decades (from the 1850s to the 1880s) under four different political party labels (Republican, Union, Liberal Reform and Independent); and was defeated twice when running for election on the ticket of a fifth party, the Democratic. more…

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