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The Vietnam War, A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick
September 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Advanced Screening of the 10-Part PBS Series. Sponsored by UNC-TV, The Pilot, and Sandhills Community College. Free admission.
After the Premiere
A Panel of Vietnam Veterans Join UNC-TV’s Jeff Smith for
“Perspectives on Leadership in Vietnam”
Cheryl Kay Lingle arrived in Vietnam in March 1967, where she was assigned to the 36th
Evacuation Hospital in the Recovery Room, Intensive Care Unit, Prisoners of War Unit. She moved to the 93rd Evacuation Hospital in January 1968, where she worked in the Emergency Room until late August of that year. Lingle was one of a tireless team of Emergency Room physicians and nurses who treated more than 200 casualties during the first day of the 1968 Tet Offensive.
Eugene “Gene” Burrell served two tours of duty in Vietnam. His first tour, in 1963-1964,
included the fall of President Diem. By his second tour in 1967, troop strength had risen from 35,000 to 500,000 troops. Burrell led his soldiers in battles for control of the routes entering and leaving Saigon and was in country during the NVA’s Tet Offensive.
Bobby Allen put “boots on the ground” in Vietnam from November 1967 to December 1968 (Tet Offensive 1 and 2—The Battle of Hue/the Siege of Hue while assigned to the 101 Airborne Division/Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 320th Artillery Regiment as an Artillery Gun Chief). He went on to serve 28 years in the Army. A Command Sergeants Major, Allen was awarded the Bronze Star for actions during combat.
Ronald K. Lingle served as a US Army Medical Evacuation Helicopter Pilot from 1966-1969, rescuing service members from some of the most dangerous regions of Vietnam. His three-year stint saw him serve as a Combat Medevac Pilot from August 1967 to August 1968, transporting wounded soldiers from the battlefield, helping to save countless lives.
John Dempsey served as Executive Officer and Navigator of the USS Sutter County (LST1150) from May of 1969 to March of 1971. The Sutter County spent most of its time in the harbors and rivers of Vietnam, providing supply and logistics support for the “brown water navy.” On an earlier Vietnam tour Dempsey served aboard the Destroyer USS Rogers (DD876). He was on watch on “plane guard” duty the night John McCain was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese.