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National Guard personnel holding rifles on May 4, 1970.
Kent State University News Service / Kent State University Library

It was 50 years ago today that Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on protesting students at Kent State University, killing four and wounding nine. 

In not even three months since the first known U.S. deaths from COVID-19, more lives have now been lost to the coronavirus pandemic on U.S. soil than the 58,220 Americans who died over nearly two decades in Vietnam.

Early Tuesday evening ET, the U.S. death toll reached 58,365, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Elizabeth and John Cross.
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John Cross didn’t think he was military material after a childhood battle with polio left him with a weakened upper body. But a dire need for soldiers led him to enlist in the National Guard. 

Ernie Hartong and his daughter Erin Sogal.
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Ernie Hartong enlisted in the army during the Vietnam War. Today, he volunteers at Columbus’s National Veteran’s Memorial and Museum.

Ernie sat down with his daughter Erin Sogal to reflect on his service, how soldiers stayed in touch with loved ones at home, and how he works to communicate his experience to young people.

1968: Fifty Years Later

Jul 6, 2018
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The 1960s were one of the most tumultuous periods in American history. The year 1968 was one of the most transformative years for the country. Women's rights, civil rights, the Vietnam War, and high profile assasinations drew headlines at home and around the world.

We'll look at how one year represented a major turning point for American history.

1968: Fifty Years Later

Jun 11, 2018
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The 1960s were one of the most tumultuous periods in American history. The year 1968 was one of the most transformative years for the country. Women's rights, civil rights, the Vietnam War, and high profile assasinations drew headlines at home and around the world.

We'll look at how one year represented a major turning point for American history.

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On a fall morning, Gary Jones takes a walk in his wooded property in Licking County. Like many people, long walks helps him to clear his head.

Memorable Classical Music in Vietnam War Movies

Sep 15, 2017
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With The Vietnam War documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick set to begin at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 on WOSU-TV, I thought I'd conclude my three-part music-related reflections of that era by briefly presenting some of the most striking examples of the use of classical music in Hollywood films about the Vietnam War.

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Classical music didn't see the same surge in new compositions responding to the Vietnam War that was reflected in popular music of the time. But in honor of this weekend's premiere of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's The Vietnam War (8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 on WOSU-TV), I decided to explore some of the era's lesser-known classical works informed by the turbulence of wartime.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's new PBS documentary series The Vietnam War premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 on WOSU-TV.

I got to thinking about some of the music from that era relating to the conflict. I didn't find as much classical music as I had hoped, but I was immediately struck by how much popular music was related to the Vietnam War.

The Real American War in Vietnam

Jan 28, 2013

10:00 Journalist and author Nick Turse set out to find the real story behind the American war in Vietnam. What he found was less than pleasant, and he decided to write a book detailing some of the brutal events of the war. On this hour, we'll have a conversation with Turse about his new book, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam. Guest