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Roberta Vincent with her son, Robert Howard II, at their StoryCorps interview in Hartford, Conn. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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A Trip To Vietnam Helped This Son Make Peace With His Dad's Death

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Remembering Lt. Gen. Harold Moore, Heroic Vietnam War Commander

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Laotian Gen. Vang Pao, seen here calling in air strikes against suspected Communist positions from the Long Cheng Command Post in January 1972, led an army of Hmong tribesmen to fight against Communist insurgents backed by the North Vietnamese. A CIA-led effort that started in 1961 tried to help him in that fight. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive hide caption

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Items left for loved ones at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 2014. Hundreds of thousands of such items have been left behind at the wall in commemoration, according to the National Park Service. Molly Riley/AP hide caption

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Watcher At The Wall: One Veteran Finds A Lifeline In All That's Left Behind

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Army Specialist Jim McGough with members of his unit in 1971. Then 19, he was photographed by a columnist from The Des Moines Register. Gordon Gammack/The Des Moines Register hide caption

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Tom Frame, an Army staff sergeant in Vietnam, has battled post-traumatic stress ever since the war, as have many of his fellow soldiers. Courtesy of Kara Frame hide caption

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Trinh Thi Ngo, known to GIs as "Hanoi Hannah" during the Vietnam War, in 2015. Voice of Vietnam hide caption

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'Hanoi Hannah,' Whose Broadcasts Taunted And Entertained American GIs, Dies

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Remembering Michael Herr, Whose 'Dispatches' Brought The War In Vietnam Home

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Nguyen Thanh Phu delivers a presentation to children on the dangers of active land mines and bombs in Dong Ha, Vietnam. Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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Teaching Kids In Vietnam To Avoid A Deadly, Everyday Legacy Of War

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Robert Romo and his uncle, Barry Romo. Courtesy of Beverly Mendoza (left) and Barry Romo (right) hide caption

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The Death That Ended His War: 'I Felt That ... I Failed My Family'

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Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, accompanied by his wife, Hong Le Webb, announces he will drop out of the Democratic race for president during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Alan Oates was exposed to herbicides, such as Agent Orange, while serving in Vietnam in 1968. Decades after returning home, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and because Congress passed the Agent Orange Act, he's able to receive VA benefits. Courtesy of Alan Oates hide caption

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Can The Agent Orange Act Help Veterans Exposed To Mustard Gas?

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Former refugee Kuo Nam Lo, the reporter's mother, stands outside an old army barracks that's been converted into the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum at Fort Indiantown Gap. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR hide caption

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'Chasing Memories' In Their Refugee Camp 40 Years After Fleeing Vietnam

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Members of the 9th U.S. Marine Expeditionary Force go ashore at Danang, South Vietnam, on March 8, 1965. Assigned to beef up defense of an air base, they were the first U.S. combat troops deployed in the Vietnam War. AP hide caption

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In Danang, Where U.S. Troops First Landed, Memories Of War Have Faded

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Vietnamese forces travel toward the country's northern border during a brief, bloody war with China in 1979. Alan Dawson/Bettmann/CORBIS hide caption

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Ask The Vietnamese About War, And They Think China, Not The U.S.

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Brig. Gen. Viet Luong of the 1st Cavalry Division came to the United States in the 1970s after his family fled Vietnam in the waning days of the war there. He's now leading the effort to train Afghan soldiers to fight the Taliban. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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The Frightened Vietnamese Kid Who Became A U.S. Army General

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Jan Scruggs gazes up at the names of fellow military service members inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Founder: Monument Almost Never Got Built

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A Dark, Funny — And Vietnamese — Look At The Vietnam War

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