Collecting Oral Histories from NYC’s Vietnam Veterans

| November 8, 2013 5:09 PMvideo

Since 2004, Philip Napoli has been collecting and preserving the memories of New York City’s veterans, a population which currently exceeds 80,000 men and women.  After interviewing almost 200 veterans and recording over 600 hours of audio, Napoli’s oral history project has resulted in a book: “Bringing It All Back Home: An Oral History of New York City’s Vietnam Veterans“.

The book aims to understand the history of the Vietnam War through the eyes of one of the county’s largest cities.

“We sent more soldiers to Vietnam than any other major American city.  We have the largest contingent of soldiers.  And we had the most Vietnam veterans coming home.  At one point, some were in the neighborhood of 250,000 veterans were back in New York City in the early 1970s,” Napoli told MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman.

Napoli, an assistant professor of history at Brooklyn College and a researcher for Tom Brokaw’s “The Greatest Generation,” said he also spoke with therapists and family members, and spent many more hours informally talking with interview subjects.  The stories he uncovered reveal a diverse population of men and women who endured a wide range of experiences and many of whom are now committed to a legacy of service.

↑ Back to top

About Us    Contact Us    The MetroFocus Team   Mobile   WNET Pressroom   Privacy Policy    Terms of Service

Mutual of America


MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Rosalind P. Walter and Jody and John Arnhold. Corporate funding is provided by Mutual of America, your retirement company.
© 2015 WNET    All Rights Reserved.    825 Eighth Avenue    New York, NY 10019