Nick Turse: Revisiting War Crimes During the War in Viet Nam

by Ed Mays
Publication date 2014-04-06 Usage Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Publisher Seattle Community Media Language English Join us for a talk by Nick Turse, author of the controversial and acclaimed Kill Anything That Moves (2013) about US war crimes during the war in Viet Nam, and The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives.  The event recorded at the University of Washington in January 2014 also featured a rare showing of the 1972 documentary “Winter Soldier” recorded at the historic Winter Soldier hearings conducted by the Viet Nam Veterans Against the War and featured testimony from veterans about the war crimes they had committed.  The program opens with clips from the movie to set the context.
After his talk, Nick was joined by Bill Turley (noted scholar of the war in Viet Nam), Mike Dedrick (Veterans For Peace), and Judith Henchy, a South East Asia historian from the UW.
The documentary “Winter Soldier” can be found online:
Pt 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi79cTk7HP0
Pt 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaCFhn5v0gU
Pt 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Waa_o1-qBGg
Pt 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp0u9jdwIgM
Pt 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BmGj6mXdwM
Pt 6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN4OmPmvK_g
Pt 7 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asIyzNaNMmg
About the Participants:
Nick Turse is a historian, author, journalist, essayist and the associate editor and research director of the Nation Institute’s Tomdispatch.com and the winner of a 2009 Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction as well as a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, In These Times, and regularly at TomDispatch. Turse is currently a fellow at New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War. A paperback edition of his book The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives (Metropolitan Books) was published earlier this year.
William S. Turley, (PhD, University of Washington) was born in Wallace, Idaho, and grew up in Washington state. During his graduate studies in political science at the University of Washington, Seattle, he studied in Vietnam in 1967-68. He earned his PhD in 1972 with a dissertation on the Vietnam People’s Army, was a Ford Foundation Research Associate at Saigon University in 1972-1973, and taught at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok in 1982-1984 as a Fulbright lecturer. He served as professor emeritus at Southern Illinois University, and has published widely on Vietnamese politics, international relations, and economic policy reform.
Mike Dedrick, Served as an Interrogator/Linguist with the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion in Vietnam from November 1967 to November 1968, in Cho Lon, Saigon.  He  worked at the Combined Military Interrogation Center, and witnessed many civilian deaths as the result of US bombs, napalm and rockets.  That experience led to Vietnam Veterans Against the War, where he served as Regional Coordinator, Washington State, 1971-1972.  He graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in History.  He has also served as a counselor with the GI Rights Hot Line, and is currently a member of Veterans For Peace Chapter 92.
Judith Henchy ( Ph.D., History, University of Washington)
heads up the UW Libraries, Southeast Asia Section, 20th Century Vietnamese history.
See also: www.NickTurse.com.
Video by Todd Boyle.
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