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Byron H.’s Story

Shared on June 26, 2017


4/39th Infantry Battalion 9th Inf.Divsion USARV

I was the Battalion Surgeon for Col.David Hackworths Hardcore Recondo 4/39 Battalion. I wrote my memoirs in a book VIETNAM 1968-69 A BATTALION SURGEON’S JOUNAL. My son John Holley who worked at Google HQ in NYC at the time met Ken Burns and gave him a copy of my book. He showed some interest in it then. In 1994 I returned to Nam and on returning home I wrote a book about my return trip, VIETNAM: A BATTALION SURGEON RETURNS. I recently did a Video interview for the Vietnam History Project of the Library of Congress and a copy of that interview is on file at the Library of Congress.







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Retired Officers’ Corporation at Freedom Plaza

Production Credits: THE VIETNAM WAR is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington D.C. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Written by Geoffrey C.  Ward.  Produced by Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick and Ken Burns.

Funding Credits: Funding provided by: Bank of America; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; David H. Koch; The Blavatnik Family Foundation; Park Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Pew Charitable Trusts; Ford Foundation Just Films; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and Members of The Better Angels Society: Jonathan & Jeannie Lavine, Diane & Hal Brierley, Amy & David Abrams, John & Catherine Debs, Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, The Montrone Family, Lynda & Stewart Resnick, The Golkin Family Foundation, The Lynch Foundation, The Roger & Rosemary Enrico Foundation, Richard S. & Donna L. Strong Foundation, Bonnie & Tom McCloskey, Barbara K. & Cyrus B. Sweet III, The Lavender Butterfly Fund