Today we will have 5 people speaking on the Vietnam conflict. Today's speakers will be Thomas Fowler, Alden Pyle, Mary Anne Bell, Ron Kovic and Tim O'Brien. Mr. Kovic couldn't attend in person but e will be listening and talking on this screen.
Hello, my name is Alden Pyle and I came here today to tell you why the Vietnamese need American aid. They are incapable of dealing with the situation themselves, so with America's help they can start their journey toward democracy and away from communism and colonialism.
Greetings everyone, my name is Thomas Fowler. I am a reporter from London who relays only facts about the Vietnam confilct. I don't take sides and I don't have any opinions about what is going on. It is best to not indulge with the conflict because that would make it difficult to look at things objectively. Thank you for your time.
Hello, my name is Tim O'Brien. I was drafted into the Vietnam war when I was about to transfer to Harvard. I considered fleeing to Canada but my pride took over. I could not handle the shame that would've come with avoiding the war. At the time I thought I was too smart for the war and I blamed the people around me for not knowing enough about the conflict. I do not consider myself a spokesperson for the war but my town was happily ignorant and they sent me off to a war they knew nothing about.
My name is Mary Anne Bell and I also served in the Vietnam war though under very different circumstances. I first came to the war to visit my boyfriend an innocent young girl. I then learned to adapt quickly. I became less hygienic, cut my hair and wore no makeup. I am kind of like a worse case scenario of what becomes of someone when they go off to war. I learned how to assemble the guns and I frequently went out on ambushes. These actions led me to become primitive. I can never return to the girl I once was.
My name is Ron Kovic and I, like the two speakers before, served in the Vietnam war. When I was a civilian I looked up to the marines as strong men and always dreamed of serving as one. I worked hard and built my body to be the best marine. However, these feelings changed when I was wounded and paralyzed from the chest down. I was poorly treated upon returning home and I realized that the Vietnam war was not just. I participated in protests and spoke out against the war hoping to help put an end to it.