WSIU's Amelia Blakely tells the story of southern Illinois veteran Jerry Penrod's time in the Vietnam War and his reflections fifty years after his tour. 

A Bad Deal

Jennifer Fuller talks with WSIU Producer Mark St. George, who directed "A Bad Deal: My Vietnam War Story."

Vietnam Vet Will Show His New Film on the SIU Campus

Mar 26, 2019

Ron Osgood spent much of his youth in Chicago.  In 1967 one kid from his neighborhood,  who was a Marine serving in Vietnam, was killed in action.  Several months after attending the funeral, Ron received is draft notice and served in the United States Navy in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Construction of the Missouri National Veterans Memorial continues on a site just north of Perryville. WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with Mike and Vicky Lundy about the current and future plans for the project.

Florentine Films/PBS

As the PBS documentary "The Vietnam War" continues, one local man remembers his time in the military, and his separation from it.


The first half of Ken Burns' 10-part PBS series on the Vietnam War aired September 17-21 on WSIU-Television. The second half of the series will begin on September 24.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about how a trip to Vietnam during the war changed the life of a future Major League Hall of Famer.

WSIU INFOCUS: Vietnam Veteran Jon Mcclurken.

Sep 18, 2017

Southern Illinois native Jon Mcclurken served in Vietnam in 1970.  On this edition of WSIU INFOCUS he talks about what it was like as a 20-year old drafted to serve.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

A permanent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. is coming to Perryville, Missouri.

WSIU's Brad Palmer talked recently with Mike and Vicky Lundy of Perryville. They're spearheading the effort that is making this happen.

Photo Provided by Dean and Janet Golliher

Dean Golliher, formerly of Murphysboro and now living in Anna Illinois, served in the U-S Army and was stationed  in Vietnam from September of 1967 to September 1968.  As a Specialist Four attached to the 507th Transportation Brigade,  his job was to document and coordinate cargo flights into Tan Son Nhut Airbase, the huge air base near Saigon in far southern Vietnam.  

In his living room in Anna, Illinois, along with his wife Janet, Dean talks to WSIU'S Kevin Boucher about what it was like during the Tet Offensive, in late January of 1968.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Vietnam Veteran Mark Cosgrove, who is coordinating a visit from the Traveling Vietnam Wall to SIU Carbondale.