'Good Morning, Vietnam' Inspiration Aids MIA Efforts Good Morning, Vietnam was based very loosely on Adrian Cronauer's experiences as a radio personality in Saigon — now Ho Chi Minh City — during the war in Vietnam. Now he's working with the Department of Defense to recover the remains of missing soldiers.

'Good Morning, Vietnam' Inspiration Aids MIA Efforts

'Good Morning, Vietnam' Inspiration Aids MIA Efforts

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Good Morning, Vietnam was based very loosely on Adrian Cronauer's experiences as a radio personality in Saigon — now Ho Chi Minh City — during the war in Vietnam.

After the war, he came home, co-authored the film that made him famous, went to law school, and most recently worked for the Defense Department.

He had a cumbersome title: special assistant to the deputy assistant secretary of defense for prisoner of war and missing personnel affairs. His mission was more straightforward — he would visit sites in Southeast Asia where the search for missing servicemen is ongoing — and report back to the families here in the United States.

Host Scott Simon talks to Cronauer about his recent work with the Department of Defense recovering the remains of missing soldiers.