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KPBS Film Documents The Vietnam War Through The Eyes Of San Diego Combat Pilots

Chuck Sweeney is pictured on the USS Hancock in the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam, ...

Credit: Photographer Greg Marshall. Courtesy of American Dream Cinema

Above: Chuck Sweeney is pictured on the USS Hancock in the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam, in 1972.

KPBS Film Documents The Vietnam War Through The Eyes Of San Diego Combat Pilots

GUESTS:

Jeanne Scott, producer, "Distinguished Wings Over Vietnam"

Chuck Sweeney, president/CEO, Distinguished Flying Cross Society

Transcript

More than 50 years after the Vietnam War, four combat pilots from San Diego are sharing their personal stories of Vietnam in the new KPBS documentary, “Distinguished Wings Over Vietnam.”

One of the veterans featured is Chuck Sweeney, president and CEO of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society.

“I volunteered for Vietnam. I had been flying for a number of years. But when Vietnam came, I wanted to be there. I wanted to be there in the action and help defend this country. I just felt very strongly that that’s what I wanted to do,” Sweeney said.

Sweeney, along with Greg Mac Neil, Lyle Lynn Bainbridge and Mike O’Neil, discusses his memories of the war, what he faced when he came home and how the war forever changed him.

The documentary, airs on KPBS television 9 p.m. Thursday. It was produced by San Diego filmmakers Jeanne and Devin Scott.

Sweeney and Jeanne Scott joined Midday Edition Monday to talk about the project.

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