November 8, 2013

Bravo!

PFC Vincent Antonio Mottola [Courtesy of the Mottola family]

To coincide with Memorial Day, Marcia Franklin talks with Ken and Betty Rodgers, residents of Eagle, ID, who have produced a documentary called Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor, about the 1968 siege of Khe Sanh in Vietnam.

Ken Rodgers is a former Marine Lance Corporal and a veteran of Khe Sanh. He and his wife Betty are joined by Steve Wiese, a former Marine Corporal who is also a veteran of Khe Sanh and lives in California.

Both Rodgers and Wiese were members of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, which fought at Khe Sanh in what would become the longest siege of the Vietnam War, and which would end in a stalemate. In the film Bravo!, Rodgers, Wiese and 13 other former Marines describe their experiences in combat and how those experiences have continued to affect their lives.

Franklin asks the Rodgers' about why they wanted to produce the documentary and what they hope viewers will learn from it. Franklin also talks with Wiese about his experiences at Khe Sanh, and what has helped him overcome the traumas he experienced.

In a web extra, the group continues its discussion about the film, focusing on how it was made.

Bravo! will be shown on Idaho Public Television's World Channel Sunday, November 10th at 8:00/7:00 p.m. MT/PT.