‘The Vietnam War’ on Maine Public

The Documentary

The Vietnam War is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on Maine Public Television in September 2017.

Members of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade on an armored personnel carrier, 1968.
Credit Bob and Chuck Riddle

In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The Vietnam War features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Click HERE to view submitted Courageous Conversations.

Click HERE to view a preview of The Vietnam War.

Community Screenings and Panel Discussions in Maine

Maine Public is holding three free screenings of portions of the documentary and community discussions about the human experience during the Vietnam War, what went wrong and what lessons are to be learned. Seating at each screening is limited and requires attendee ticket reservations.

Panel Facilitor: Adria O. Horn, director, Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services

Adria Horn

Adria Horn graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York in 2001. She commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Military Police Corps and served in various positions as both a military police officer and a psychological operations officer. She deployed five times in support of the Global War on Terror. In 2011, she separated from active duty and moved to Maine. Adria is a lieutenant colonel and individual reservist in the U.S. Army Reserve and currently serves as a future operations planner for the U.S. Pacific Command. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University. In her previous position, she worked for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

Adria is married to Lokie Horn, a South Africa native. Together, they have two young daughters, Ava and Juliette. They live on a farm in Pittston, Maine.


  • David Bann
  • Ron Deprez was born in Lewiston, ME in a working-class family. He grew up in Portland and now lives in Deer Isle. He raised two children, Real and Esme’ who both live in California. Deprez is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College where he was captain of the football team and all conference fullback. He holds an MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is the President of the Public Health Research Institute that he founded in 1991; and is an Associate Research Professor at the University of New England (UNE) where he led a health research program for 10 years.

    He has lectured and consulted all over the US, with WHO in Geneva and in Africa and the Middle East in chronic disease practice improvements, disease surveillance systems and population health assessments. He is a leader in the development of rural and international partnerships aimed at addressing chronic disease through quality improvements at the practice, patient and community levels. His international experience includes health projects in Mali, Ghana, Saudi Arabia, The Gambia, Egypt, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Ethiopia and China.

    He is a part time photographer, cyclist, runner, skier, yogi and swimmer.

  • Jim Doherty joined the VA Maine Healthcare Team in 2003 and works for the Center Director in a wide range of collateral duties assisting Maine Veterans.
  • Nathaniel Grace, master sergeant, master religious affairs NCO, Joint Force Headquarters, Maine Army National Guard
  • Kirk Grant
    Kirk Grant has been the Director of the Bangor Vet Center since early 2014, serving Veterans & their family members. Prior to this he was a Readjustment Counselor at the Portland Vet Center for close to four years. He is an OEF Veteran of the US Army where he served as a communications paratrooper for 9 years including multiple deployments supporting the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) while stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA. Kirk Grant got his BSW & MSW and was an honor graduate of the University Of Maine School Of Social Work.
  • Scott Hutcherson
    Scott Hutcherson, LCPC, ACS, director, Lewiston Vet Center, Lewiston, Maine: Scott served in the U.S. Navy as a photographer’s mate second class (E-5) from 1976-1984. He was assigned to the Destroyer Tender, USS Sierra, AD-18 which deployed twice overseas to the Mediterranean and Africa; then was assigned to the USS Saratoga, CV-60, TDY for technical support. Scott was thereafter stationed at NAS Patuxent River assigned to the air wing flying in F-4 Phantom jet fighters (as chase planes) completing mopic of test pilot aircraft and fixed wing and rotor mishaps. Upon separation from service, Scott attended college, receiving his associates degree in 1988 from Southern Maine Community College in law enforcement. Scott went on to complete a BA in psychology and master's in clinical counseling from the University of Southern Maine. After college Scott worked for a decade as a correctional counselor at Long Creek Juvenile Detention Center. He then was the first mental health police liaison to the Portland Police Department specializing in working with clients in crisis. He was promoted to director of crisis at Ingraham Crisis Services, where he remained until leaving to be the program manager for adult and elder services at Community Counseling Center, where he specialized in trauma therapies and was the DBT team leader. In 2014 Scott was promoted to senior program manager overseeing three counseling and case management offices. Throughout his career Scott has supported and advocated for our veterans and had co-chaired the Maine Military Clinical Outreach Network for over a decade. His agency served over 700 veterans and their family members in the 10+ years he was there. Most recently Scott joined the Lewiston Vet Center as its director in December 2015. Scott is continuing his passion to serve veterans, running groups and individual readjustment counseling.
  • Bill Libby is a retired Major General whose last assignment was Adjutant General of the Maine National Guard. He was commissioned as a 2LT from the University of Maine ROTC program and served 10 years on Active Duty to include Vietnam in 1968-69 as a Field Artillery Officer in the First Cavalry Division. Upon leaving active duty, he joined the Maine Army National Guard. His “hat trick” of most interesting/challenging assignments include his tour in Vietnam, serving as an ROTC Instructor at the University of Massachusetts and watching Dr. J play for the UMass team and Commanding the engineer Task Force Fuertes Camino 94 in Guatemala.
  • Melanie Morin
  • Karen Olsen
  • Henry L. P. “Hank” Schmelzer
    Henry L. P. “Hank” Schmelzer is an experienced leader in the non-profit and corporate communities. He was president and CEO of the Maine Community Foundation from 2000 to 2008, overseeing the growth of the foundation to almost $250 million while the foundation developed a focus on issues relating to higher education, aging, the environment, and community engagement. Mainebiz named Hank the 2007 Maine Business Leader of the Year. Prior to entering the field of philanthropy, he practiced corporate and securities law in Boston, becoming Vice President and Counsel of New England Mutual Life Insurance Company. He transitioned from law to business management and from 1991 to 1998 served as president and CEO of the New England Mutual Funds. Hank graduated from the University of Maine and George Washington University Law School. In 1999 he was a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard where he conducted research on the regulation of hedge funds. He has been on many corporate and non-profit boards over the years, including serving on the Board of Overseers of the University of Maine and as chair of the Board of Trustees of Maine Public Broadcasting Network. He is currently on the boards of the College of the Atlantic, University of Maine Foundation, and Friends of Acadia. Hank was a Captain in the U.S. Army (military intelligence) and served in Vietnam where he received a bronze star with oak leaf cluster and the Vietnamese cross for gallantry. He is an avid skier, hiker and student of Italian language and culture.

Courageous Conversations

1st Cavalry Division on patrol, March 1968.
Credit Phil Gioia

Maine Public is encouraging Vietnam Veterans and anyone affected by the conflict to share their own story on the Vietnam War and correspondence they had during or after the war. Submissions can be written, recorded or videotaped and sent to Maine Public at mystory@mainepublic.org. The stories will be collected and archived here and some may be shared with the greater Maine audience.

Click HERE to view submitted courageous conversations.

Student-Read Courageous Conversations

Maine Public is partnering with a number of Maine high school and college students to record some of the submitted courageous conversations. These will be archived here on mainepublic.org and will air on Maine Public Television and over social media. If you are interested in being one of the readers, contact Cory Morrissey at cmorrissey@mainepublic.org.