Magnificent Storyteller Soldier Reveals What He Saw In Vietnam

Avaldati 19 juuli 2018
In 1990 I did interviews with 180 baby boomers talking about their early life during the 1960s for my television series, Making Sense of the Sixties. This is a clip of poet and educator Bill Ehrhart from one of those interviews - a very articulate Vietnam veteran who joined the military with patriotism in his heart. He has written a book on his experiences - Vietnam-Perkasie: A Combat Marine Memoir, Search the word "Vietnam" on my EEpush channel to find more related clips. Including one more by this man. Here is his background of service - W. D. Ehrhart served with 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, from early February 1967 to late February 1968. His service number is 2279361. He holds the Purple Heart Medal, Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation (2), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, Cross of Gallantry Meritorious Unit Citation, Civic Action Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Campaign Medal. The last three were all awarded by the now-extinct government of the Republic of Vietnam. He received the PUC and the two Vietnamese unit citations as a member of 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. You can find more at his website -www.wdehrhart.com.

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  • I saw this guy in a documentary on Netflix a couple years ago and now youtube recommend me this. Those who didn't watch it i strongly recommend it . More people like him talk in it but i don't remember the exact title tho ...

  • I watch this from time to time over the years.

  • Clever and gentle man.

  • Regardless of political leanings, or thoughts on that particular war, my god he's well spoken.

  • I'm a Brit who in 2020 became a US citizen. My deceased father-in-law could have gone to 'Nam. These libtards who decry US troops as "baby killers"...put them in a jungle with an M16 with AK47 weilding commies and see how they fare.

  • "War without strategy is just destruction."

  • I'm disgusted by a man who has killed.

  • Wait did he meet back with his girlfriend again?

  • World War 2 seemed much more direct in what they were doing. The Vietnam War, like its jungles, were a chaotic mess where it was hard to find any order or justification in what the purpose was.

  • His storytelling ability is really extraordinary. The timing, pauses, repetitions and stresses are almost perfect. Small, erratic rapid repetitions of words while searching for the appropriate phrase may look casual, but are well considered and placed, even Obama can improve here just by watching. This video is a real EEpush gem in terms of content and skills.

  • This interview should be required reading at the very beginning of high school in the U.S. and, in fact, required reading for prospective soldiers and English students around the world.

  • they always lie, just like how they lie about US casualties in the Afghanistan war and blame it on suicide or "friendly fire". but actually no, the afghans just whooped ass.

  • We should have never been there.

  • I'm about this guys age. Nobody thought that the Viet Cong were going to welcome us with open arms. He was am idiot.

  • This man is speaking the truth! Do not support the American propaganda against Cuba, Venezuela, and other nations!

  • Man, I absolutely would’ve hated it in vietnam. Yikes

  • Violence begets violence

  • " The longer we stayed in Vietnam, the more Viet Cong there were, because we created them - we produced them". The story of Western post-colonial warfare boiled down to one sentence. Brilliant and depressingly true.

  • 2:30-5:30 The reason we lost that war.

  • Not guided questions. Just a true monologue. Even if someone doesn't agree, this is his truth. ..and saying that he had 27 cards in first place, you have to have guts to say that. We learn, as long as we live.

  • So many parallels with my 3 tours in Iraq. USA, grow the fuck up and stop being a force for evil in the world. Peace.

  • My dad saved Oliver northes life....wrote a book on it.called BLUES BASTARDS

  • North America is not your own country...think about it...

  • What camera is this filmed on?!!

  • I've read about this man and I have read his works. To actually have the opportunity to see him and hear him speak is a true gift. Thankyou

  • 5:44 This was our problem in Afghanistan as well. The longer we stayed there, the more Taliban were recruited. Their numbers almost doubled since the 90s.

  • I'm so sorry that I was part of the destruction that was brought to that country. I was an ignorant, 18 year-old young man who was only doing what he was ordered to do. I didn't even know where Vietnam was until I looked it up on a map as I was on my way over there on a C-141 cargo plane loaded with empty caskets. I'm now 76 years old and not a day goes by that I don't silently pray for forgiveness for what I did. I realize that that's not enough.... but, at this point, it's all I have to offer. I'm sorry. I wish I could forget it all, but in 58 years it still hasn't happened.

  • Soldiers are going through the same things in every subsequent war like iraq and afghanistan.

  • *erherm*..."magnificent story reveals Vietnam, as seen by a solider"

  • This Vet speaks out the frustrations of soldiers in Viet Nam. It was a very complex conflict, nothing to do with WW2 or Korea. It was a Civil War. Many evaluative mistakes were committed, by the soldiers and by the big Brasses. The biggest mistake of all was not realizing that after the Tet offensive of 1968 the enemy was terminated, decimated, bled, defeated. Instead it was the turning point, in the most unbelievable and absurd misunderstanding it was perceived by the public, by the press and ultimately by politicians in Washington as the proof that the war could not be won. This incredible misinterpretation of military events led to the crumbling of the fighting spirit, made Jhonson despondent and finally brought the USA out of the war. A sad epilogue for a true idealistic and selfless intervention, just when the results of the military campaign could be finally harvested and the Vietnamese people saved form dictatorship.

  • I hope your still with us and well Bill and for the record, YOU COULD NEVER WASTE ANYONE'S TIME ! never mind film.

    • Bill is just fine. Please read my description.

  • wow the fact they were given the times each week

  • In other words: Afghanistan

  • A cigarette staying alight for 8 eight and a half minutes, those were the days.

  • A VERY telling moment, was when he said , "we were in the middle of a 'LOW-KEY' fire fight...." Dude is the real deal. Dropping gems nonstop. 💜

  • I feel that girl made a huge mistake...

  • I think that guy's name is Eberhardt and I beat him in a drinking contest one time like 33 or 34 shot's of Tequila on my 21st birthday somewhere I think it was in Copperas Cove Texas near Fort Hood Texas. The point is that sometimes you know frat boys I think get kind of a bad p.r. about it all whenever there's a hazing death because it's really an institutional failure of government to not prepare people for the fact that alcohol is a drug that's actually fairly widely misunderstood the effects of it in a culture that say's you can join the armed forces at age 18 but it's only at age 21 that it's legal to consume alcohol. Basically the long and short of it is that if you consume say more than the proverbial baker's dozen of shots of alcohol and don't then vomit then you're probably genetically predisposed to alcohol poisening.

  • But remember folks, government and media would never lie to you

  • His analogies are amazing. No wonder he became a writer and a poet. Goddess and God bless this man.

  • fair play to the guy for being honest, the first first 90 seconds of showing how ignorant and naïve he was and then announcing he is in the intelligence section,,,,, pretty much says it all , I had to laugh lol

  • I think they will soon make new version of this "Afghanistan Edition"

  • I used to speak to a homeless man from my hometown who was a medic in Vietnam. The stories he who tell me sometimes would scare me right to my core. I can not imagine what these soldiers had to go through.

  • 9:55 "I could read about what these important people were talking about but I look around and that ISN'T what's going on" that's literally mainstream media to this day. It's all smoke and mirrors. For EVER mainstream media has been through a heavily fogged lens, and that hasn't changed.

  • How many insightful story tellers didn’t make it home? How many brothers? How many sons?

  • it's happening the same in Afghanistan

  • …and then what happened

    • Unfortunately Sharon, I do not know. I only have one of the three Betacam SP videotapes are recorded back then. The other two have been lost due to a fire. David Hoffman filmmaker

  • Great video! Where is the ending?

    • @David Hoffman Oh man! I would love to watch the others! I always wanted to know about the war from an actual soldier and not what the media tells you! Thank you!

    • Unfortunately, I only have one of the three Betacam SP videos I recorded back then. The other two were destroyed in a fire.

  • Just like Afghanistan you can't change a culture

  • This man is no mindless jock or war dog or whatever. He's so.articulate, so insightful. I'm so glad that a mind like his made it back to tell the tale. And what a horrible tale that is. Of course, one soldier killed in a dumb war for profit is one too many.

  • i cant tell if thats the fakest looking real moustache or the realest looking fake moustache

  • This guy is awesome!

    • I love when he said “the whole country smelled bad, it burnt the nose” 😂

  • This was fantastic. It's nice to just hear a soldier's story from Vietnam and how it was, not the culture clash or the biased views of both left and right but just a guy saying what he saw and how he felt.

  • where is the full interview??

  • I feel enlightened after listening to this man.

  • He did his job and that should have been it. But hey, if a feelings session helps him, great. That's what the world needs. More fucking feelings. A my real man doesn't talk about what he had to do in a war.

  • My uncle lost 167 men under his command and this young man's testimony helped me validate it

    • That's the most intelligent thing that I have heard today

    • War is not an answer to anything....its a solution to fear

  • Thanks!

    • Thank you so much for your support. It matters. David Hoffman filmmaker

  • I didn’t know Howard Stern was in Nam.

  • If only I could tell him he wasn't wasting any film and that every second he took to think was worth the decades it took for me to find this gem. Thank you.

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  • The US needs to realise that it is not the world's peacekeeper, no one wants/needs it's help

  • Howard? Is that you?

  • Ron Paul

  • Guy in thumbnail must have a deep incredible line of frilly wigs.

  • Enjoyed this cheers, have a good night all

  • Vietnamese welcoming him? He was a bit naïve in the 60s.

  • This is eerily similar to my experiences in Afghanistan

  • My Brother served two tours in Viet Nam. He came home a different person. He died in 2014 from Agent Orange related illnesses. The United States government should have done more for the Men and Women who were made to serve in this meat grinder of a conflict. God Bless you all

  • I love hearing things like this right from the horses mouth so to speak. Very interesting.

  • In short: The US, during the eleven-year protracted war in Vietnam, sought to maintain the West's colonial hegemony over the South Vietnamese people, while the fighters in, both, North Vietnam (Viet Cong), as well as many of the common people in the South itself, sought to be released from colonial oppression. Had JFK had his way, American troops and advisers would have all departed Vietnam over the space of a little more than one year. Lyndon B. Johnson, who took the helm of the US government after JFK's untimely death, wanted the war to go on.

  • Afghanistan is the Vietnam war of 21st century.

  • That why they loose Vietnam... because no one wait there with hands open...

  • It's shame and/or resources. Nothing learnt by fellow americans. Decay, on your own ideologies. It's coming.

  • usa will decay by its gov toxins and its people ignorance. It's coming. No outside interference as projected. Promised and its coming.

  • how can someone be so reflected and not self reflected on how important a story is at the same time ("Im waisting your film"). great guy nevertheless

  • I come back and watch this about once a month just to tryin gain slightest bit of his intelligence/this man was 50yrs ahead of his times

  • 11:20 it's so that the homelands unwittingly support the war and create a controversial divide amongst those who did or didn't support it.

  • 🇻🇳 👍

  • im saving this for future use, I have a feeling ill be coming back to this goldmine in the future

  • Reminder that LBJ supplied the United States with bombs from a company in which his wife was a majority stock holder. And The Gulf of Tonkin was a hoax. As is the pretext for every American war. Kill your local CIA operative.

  • The same devils are still there and doing the same killings for the same reasons! this world will not have real peace as long as USA stay a warmongering superpower.

  • I wasn't expecting to see the human side of a war criminal

  • Seems like a vers smart man

  • Just thank god you weren't a black Vietnam vet. Sky was the limit when you got back. Wahhh waaaahhh 👶

  • Is this cat still alive today i wonder

    • Read the description please. Very much alive.

  • Truly insightful, thank you so much for posting this

    • Thank you for your comment. If your resources allow, I would sure appreciate your using the THANKS button under any of my videos including the one you have commented on. It is something new that EEpush is beta testing and would mean a great deal for my continuing efforts. David Hoffman filmmaker

  • Making his girlfriend an icon... "You were...Jenny" (F.Gump)

  • This got over 8k thumbs down? Likely right wing nationalists who can't believe that our country has made many historical mistakes... the people who will lead us into this type of action again...

    • Don’t talk out of hate. People on the right and left are responsible. The American people are responsible.

  • He’s right, people living in the states have no idea what’s actually going on overseas

  • His first view returning to the USA was of impenetrable fog - a metaphor for his whole experience in Vietnam.

  • I never knew jeff Foxworthy was a veteran .....

  • If Howard Stern and Weird Al had a baby.

  • It's interesting to think about the disconnect between what the media was saying compared to what this guy saw on the ground. Seems as though NOTHING much has changed...

  • everyone reading this I have an importing message that will change your day . . . . . GO FUCK YOUR SELF

  • Viet Nam was a proxy war against the Soviet Union, who directly supported North Viet Nam with weapons, material, training and on-ground leadership. Kennedy and others, subscribed to the theory that if South Viet Nam fell to the NVA/Soviets, the rest of Southeast Asia was also at risk. Lyndon Johnson, eager to seem like an FDR type leader, vastly expanded the US air and ground presence in the Republic of South Viet Nam in 1964, in order to put a stop to Soviet interests there, while placing insane ROE restrictions on our forces. Viet Nam was a fuckup from start to finish, brought to you by LBJ and the chief whiz kid Robert McNamara and enabled by such mediocrities as General William Westmoreland. A lot of factors went in to the US withdrawal from the region in '75, but the primary foe was always the USSR, right up to the day that it collapsed under the weight of 70 years of false promises and murder. Turns out, the folks in the north were more interested in getting rid of the old French inspired regime in the south and to finally get everybody from Europe, the US and the West in general out of Viet Nam. By the way, nobody was more surprised at the reaction of the US public to the Tet offensive in '68, where the Viet Cong literally ceased to exist as an asymmetrical war fighting force, than NVA General Giap, who knew how badly that effort had gone for the VC and NVA. Some of that reaction can be placed on Walter Cronkite acting in a fit of pique because Westmoreland wouldn't let him have access to OpSec data, some on the standard fecklessness of US politicians, and other embedded sources in the US. We never had an exit strategy, or even a well defined war aim for Afghanistan, the place where western armies go to die. By this time next year, the Taliban and the other Afghans will have happily returned to their normal way of life when not occupied by Western powers, which is retail murder of each other. So much for seeding democracy and nation building.

  • Back in Iraq 🇮🇶 …..

  • Bill,my bro was tagged awol and sent to Fed prison.He has anger,im his sis,so do i. Thank u for making it clear to me.

  • He looks like Howard Stern

  • Either you assert control and build a government whilst integrating the local population. Or you stay away, because you have no goal and therefore will fail. I am no expert on colonialism. But it makes more sense to profit from a country rather than to have wars without end.

  • This guy should have been hired as an actor, or a TV presenter. How come the most charismatic people are the ones who never make it in Hollywood?

  • ...and nothing has changed. "Weapons of mass destruction" Ya right George. Nothing changes. The world turns, century after century and NOTHING changes. From the Crusades, to World War II to Afghanistan. If it wasn't so sad it would be comical. After all these years, has anyone looked into any of the numerous questions regarding 911? In any murder investigation (except JFK) even one of these questions would be delved into. Nope. We are just pawns. I can never get the image of the "falling man" out of my head. Just a normal day, went into work like every day, then......... Like this guy in the video. A young kid. A pawn in a great game played by old men.