Magnificent Storyteller Soldier Reveals What He Saw In Vietnam

In 1990 I did interviews with 180 baby boomers talking about their early life during the 1960s for my television series, Making Sense of the Sixties. This is a clip of poet and educator Bill Ehrhart from one of those interviews - a very articulate Vietnam veteran who joined the military with patriotism in his heart. He has written a book on his experiences - Vietnam-Perkasie: A Combat Marine Memoir, Search the word "Vietnam" on my ISboths channel to find more related clips. Including one more by this man. Here is his background of service - W. D. Ehrhart served with 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, from early February 1967 to late February 1968. His service number is 2279361. He holds the Purple Heart Medal, Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation (2), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, Cross of Gallantry Meritorious Unit Citation, Civic Action Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Campaign Medal. The last three were all awarded by the now-extinct government of the Republic of Vietnam. He received the PUC and the two Vietnamese unit citations as a member of 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. You can find more at his website -www.wdehrhart.com.

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  1. jackie barren

    jackie barren

    9 klukkustundum síðan

    Clever and gentle man.

  2. Godly Object

    Godly Object

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    Regardless of political leanings, or thoughts on that particular war, my god he's well spoken.

  3. Alan Prior

    Alan Prior

    13 klukkustundum síðan

    I'm a Brit who in 2020 became a US citizen. My deceased father-in-law could have gone to 'Nam. These libtards who decry US troops as "baby killers"...put them in a jungle with an M16 with AK47 weilding commies and see how they fare.

  4. Zack lastname

    Zack lastname

    15 klukkustundum síðan

    "War without strategy is just destruction."

  5. Vidar Granit

    Vidar Granit

    16 klukkustundum síðan

    I'm disgusted by a man who has killed.

  6. BayX1337

    BayX1337

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Wait did he meet back with his girlfriend again?

  7. Synthwave Lover

    Synthwave Lover

    Degi Síðan síðan

    World War 2 seemed much more direct in what they were doing. The Vietnam War, like its jungles, were a chaotic mess where it was hard to find any order or justification in what the purpose was.

  8. wrstp

    wrstp

    Degi Síðan síðan

    His storytelling ability is really extraordinary. The timing, pauses, repetitions and stresses are almost perfect. Small, erratic rapid repetitions of words while searching for the appropriate phrase may look casual, but are well considered and placed, even Obama can improve here just by watching. This video is a real ISboths gem in terms of content and skills.

  9. wrstp

    wrstp

    Degi Síðan síðan

    This interview should be required reading at the very beginning of high school in the U.S. and, in fact, required reading for prospective soldiers and English students around the world.

  10. josephine

    josephine

    Degi Síðan síðan

    they always lie, just like how they lie about US casualties in the Afghanistan war and blame it on suicide or "friendly fire". but actually no, the afghans just whooped ass.

  11. Vladshock

    Vladshock

    Degi Síðan síðan

    We should have never been there.

  12. Ravic

    Ravic

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I'm about this guys age. Nobody thought that the Viet Cong were going to welcome us with open arms. He was am idiot.

  13. Filip Mac

    Filip Mac

    2 dögum síðan

    This man is speaking the truth! Do not support the American propaganda against Cuba, Venezuela, and other nations!

  14. Slapper 360

    Slapper 360

    2 dögum síðan

    Man, I absolutely would’ve hated it in vietnam. Yikes

  15. musicandmagic909

    musicandmagic909

    2 dögum síðan

    Violence begets violence

  16. Nicolai Andersen

    Nicolai Andersen

    2 dögum síðan

    " The longer we stayed in Vietnam, the more Viet Cong there were, because we created them - we produced them". The story of Western post-colonial warfare boiled down to one sentence. Brilliant and depressingly true.

  17. raph

    raph

    3 dögum síðan

    2:30-5:30 The reason we lost that war.

  18. Nicos Samios

    Nicos Samios

    3 dögum síðan

    Not guided questions. Just a true monologue. Even if someone doesn't agree, this is his truth. ..and saying that he had 27 cards in first place, you have to have guts to say that. We learn, as long as we live.

  19. mavrojh

    mavrojh

    4 dögum síðan

    So many parallels with my 3 tours in Iraq. USA, grow the fuck up and stop being a force for evil in the world. Peace.

  20. hillus herrod

    hillus herrod

    4 dögum síðan

    My dad saved Oliver northes life....wrote a book on it.called BLUES BASTARDS

  21. hillus herrod

    hillus herrod

    4 dögum síðan

    North America is not your own country...think about it...

  22. Wish Wash Studios

    Wish Wash Studios

    4 dögum síðan

    What camera is this filmed on?!!

  23. Etta

    Etta

    4 dögum síðan

    I've read about this man and I have read his works. To actually have the opportunity to see him and hear him speak is a true gift. Thankyou

  24. KrimsonVagus

    KrimsonVagus

    4 dögum síðan

    5:44 This was our problem in Afghanistan as well. The longer we stayed there, the more Taliban were recruited. Their numbers almost doubled since the 90s.

  25. gemstateguy

    gemstateguy

    4 dögum síðan

    I'm so sorry that I was part of the destruction that was brought to that country. I was an ignorant, 18 year-old young man who was only doing what he was ordered to do. I didn't even know where Vietnam was until I looked it up on a map as I was on my way over there on a C-141 cargo plane loaded with empty caskets. I'm now 76 years old and not a day goes by that I don't silently pray for forgiveness for what I did. I realize that that's not enough.... but, at this point, it's all I have to offer. I'm sorry. I wish I could forget it all, but in 58 years it still hasn't happened.

  26. User

    User

    5 dögum síðan

    Soldiers are going through the same things in every subsequent war like iraq and afghanistan.

  27. stuff

    stuff

    5 dögum síðan

    *erherm*..."magnificent story reveals Vietnam, as seen by a solider"

  28. Ginestra Ginestra

    Ginestra Ginestra

    5 dögum síðan

    This Vet speaks out the frustrations of soldiers in Viet Nam. It was a very complex conflict, nothing to do with WW2 or Korea. It was a Civil War. Many evaluative mistakes were committed, by the soldiers and by the big Brasses. The biggest mistake of all was not realizing that after the Tet offensive of 1968 the enemy was terminated, decimated, bled, defeated. Instead it was the turning point, in the most unbelievable and absurd misunderstanding it was perceived by the public, by the press and ultimately by politicians in Washington as the proof that the war could not be won. This incredible misinterpretation of military events led to the crumbling of the fighting spirit, made Jhonson despondent and finally brought the USA out of the war. A sad epilogue for a true idealistic and selfless intervention, just when the results of the military campaign could be finally harvested and the Vietnamese people saved form dictatorship.

  29. ship matches

    ship matches

    5 dögum síðan

    I hope your still with us and well Bill and for the record, YOU COULD NEVER WASTE ANYONE'S TIME ! never mind film.

    • David Hoffman

      David Hoffman

      5 dögum síðan

      Bill is just fine. Please read my description.

  30. 0pda 1

    0pda 1

    5 dögum síðan

    wow the fact they were given the times each week

  31. Grant Payne

    Grant Payne

    5 dögum síðan

    In other words: Afghanistan

  32. The One

    The One

    5 dögum síðan

    A cigarette staying alight for 8 eight and a half minutes, those were the days.

  33. will bradford

    will bradford

    6 dögum síðan

    A VERY telling moment, was when he said , "we were in the middle of a 'LOW-KEY' fire fight...." Dude is the real deal. Dropping gems nonstop. 💜

  34. Alexander Albach

    Alexander Albach

    6 dögum síðan

    I feel that girl made a huge mistake...

  35. catheadmoon

    catheadmoon

    6 dögum síðan

    I think that guy's name is Eberhardt and I beat him in a drinking contest one time like 33 or 34 shot's of Tequila on my 21st birthday somewhere I think it was in Copperas Cove Texas near Fort Hood Texas. The point is that sometimes you know frat boys I think get kind of a bad p.r. about it all whenever there's a hazing death because it's really an institutional failure of government to not prepare people for the fact that alcohol is a drug that's actually fairly widely misunderstood the effects of it in a culture that say's you can join the armed forces at age 18 but it's only at age 21 that it's legal to consume alcohol. Basically the long and short of it is that if you consume say more than the proverbial baker's dozen of shots of alcohol and don't then vomit then you're probably genetically predisposed to alcohol poisening.

  36. Z3PHLAR

    Z3PHLAR

    6 dögum síðan

    But remember folks, government and media would never lie to you

  37. D Ross

    D Ross

    6 dögum síðan

    His analogies are amazing. No wonder he became a writer and a poet. Goddess and God bless this man.

  38. todd roman

    todd roman

    6 dögum síðan

    fair play to the guy for being honest, the first first 90 seconds of showing how ignorant and naïve he was and then announcing he is in the intelligence section,,,,, pretty much says it all , I had to laugh lol

  39. afiat muh

    afiat muh

    6 dögum síðan

    I think they will soon make new version of this "Afghanistan Edition"

  40. Cory Brown

    Cory Brown

    6 dögum síðan

    I used to speak to a homeless man from my hometown who was a medic in Vietnam. The stories he who tell me sometimes would scare me right to my core. I can not imagine what these soldiers had to go through.

  41. For the Omnissiah

    For the Omnissiah

    7 dögum síðan

    9:55 "I could read about what these important people were talking about but I look around and that ISN'T what's going on" that's literally mainstream media to this day. It's all smoke and mirrors. For EVER mainstream media has been through a heavily fogged lens, and that hasn't changed.

  42. TjenkinsandAige

    TjenkinsandAige

    7 dögum síðan

    How many insightful story tellers didn’t make it home? How many brothers? How many sons?

  43. gaoasiadragon

    gaoasiadragon

    7 dögum síðan

    it's happening the same in Afghanistan

  44. Sharon Hooper

    Sharon Hooper

    8 dögum síðan

    …and then what happened

    • David Hoffman

      David Hoffman

      8 dögum síðan

      Unfortunately Sharon, I do not know. I only have one of the three Betacam SP videotapes are recorded back then. The other two have been lost due to a fire. David Hoffman filmmaker

  45. E Stanley Rosales

    E Stanley Rosales

    8 dögum síðan

    Great video! Where is the ending?

    • E Stanley Rosales

      E Stanley Rosales

      8 dögum síðan

      @David Hoffman Oh man! I would love to watch the others! I always wanted to know about the war from an actual soldier and not what the media tells you! Thank you!

    • David Hoffman

      David Hoffman

      8 dögum síðan

      Unfortunately, I only have one of the three Betacam SP videos I recorded back then. The other two were destroyed in a fire.

  46. Nigel Leggett

    Nigel Leggett

    8 dögum síðan

    Just like Afghanistan you can't change a culture

  47. Hector Rodriz

    Hector Rodriz

    8 dögum síðan

    This man is no mindless jock or war dog or whatever. He's so.articulate, so insightful. I'm so glad that a mind like his made it back to tell the tale. And what a horrible tale that is. Of course, one soldier killed in a dumb war for profit is one too many.

  48. wulfrvm

    wulfrvm

    8 dögum síðan

    i cant tell if thats the fakest looking real moustache or the realest looking fake moustache

  49. Aaron Daytona

    Aaron Daytona

    8 dögum síðan

    This guy is awesome!

    • Aaron Daytona

      Aaron Daytona

      8 dögum síðan

      I love when he said “the whole country smelled bad, it burnt the nose” 😂

  50. Joshua .S

    Joshua .S

    9 dögum síðan

    This was fantastic. It's nice to just hear a soldier's story from Vietnam and how it was, not the culture clash or the biased views of both left and right but just a guy saying what he saw and how he felt.

  51. Suicide headaches

    Suicide headaches

    9 dögum síðan

    where is the full interview??

  52. DeadEyeDan16

    DeadEyeDan16

    9 dögum síðan

    I feel enlightened after listening to this man.

  53. Schaefer Accounting

    Schaefer Accounting

    9 dögum síðan

    He did his job and that should have been it. But hey, if a feelings session helps him, great. That's what the world needs. More fucking feelings. A my real man doesn't talk about what he had to do in a war.

  54. Jolinda McBride

    Jolinda McBride

    9 dögum síðan

    My uncle lost 167 men under his command and this young man's testimony helped me validate it

    • Jolinda McBride

      Jolinda McBride

      8 dögum síðan

      That's the most intelligent thing that I have heard today

    • Jolinda McBride

      Jolinda McBride

      9 dögum síðan

      War is not an answer to anything....its a solution to fear

  55. Silentt29

    Silentt29

    9 dögum síðan

    Thanks!

    • David Hoffman

      David Hoffman

      9 dögum síðan

      Thank you so much for your support. It matters. David Hoffman filmmaker

  56. J B

    J B

    9 dögum síðan

    I didn’t know Howard Stern was in Nam.

  57. Saucy Revenge

    Saucy Revenge

    10 dögum síðan

    If only I could tell him he wasn't wasting any film and that every second he took to think was worth the decades it took for me to find this gem. Thank you.

    • David Hoffman

      David Hoffman

      9 dögum síðan

      Thank you for your comment. If your resources allow, I would sure appreciate your using the THANKS button under any of my videos including the one you have commented on. It is something new that ISboths is beta testing and would mean a great deal for my continuing efforts. David Hoffman filmmaker

  58. Liam Barnett

    Liam Barnett

    10 dögum síðan

    The US needs to realise that it is not the world's peacekeeper, no one wants/needs it's help

  59. P2dalow 420

    P2dalow 420

    10 dögum síðan

    Howard? Is that you?

  60. Ron Helton

    Ron Helton

    10 dögum síðan

    Ron Paul

  61. Old Ironsides

    Old Ironsides

    10 dögum síðan

    Guy in thumbnail must have a deep incredible line of frilly wigs.

  62. charlie cross

    charlie cross

    10 dögum síðan

    Enjoyed this cheers, have a good night all

  63. TO

    TO

    10 dögum síðan

    Vietnamese welcoming him? He was a bit naïve in the 60s.

  64. noflamejustafk

    noflamejustafk

    10 dögum síðan

    This is eerily similar to my experiences in Afghanistan

    • OLYMPIA HINZ

      OLYMPIA HINZ

      10 dögum síðan

      thank you for your service

  65. Jeffrey Simmons

    Jeffrey Simmons

    11 dögum síðan

    My Brother served two tours in Viet Nam. He came home a different person. He died in 2014 from Agent Orange related illnesses. The United States government should have done more for the Men and Women who were made to serve in this meat grinder of a conflict. God Bless you all

  66. dwoodog

    dwoodog

    11 dögum síðan

    I love hearing things like this right from the horses mouth so to speak. Very interesting.

  67. David Ben-Abraham

    David Ben-Abraham

    11 dögum síðan

    In short: The US, during the eleven-year protracted war in Vietnam, sought to maintain the West's colonial hegemony over the South Vietnamese people, while the fighters in, both, North Vietnam (Viet Cong), as well as many of the common people in the South itself, sought to be released from colonial oppression. Had JFK had his way, American troops and advisers would have all departed Vietnam over the space of a little more than one year. Lyndon B. Johnson, who took the helm of the US government after JFK's untimely death, wanted the war to go on.

  68. Silver Saber

    Silver Saber

    11 dögum síðan

    Afghanistan is the Vietnam war of 21st century.

  69. Geronimo Carlos Martinez Ganzo

    Geronimo Carlos Martinez Ganzo

    11 dögum síðan

    That why they loose Vietnam... because no one wait there with hands open...

  70. Moe

    Moe

    11 dögum síðan

    It's shame and/or resources. Nothing learnt by fellow americans. Decay, on your own ideologies. It's coming.

  71. Moe

    Moe

    11 dögum síðan

    usa will decay by its gov toxins and its people ignorance. It's coming. No outside interference as projected. Promised and its coming.

  72. Nick Steuber

    Nick Steuber

    11 dögum síðan

    how can someone be so reflected and not self reflected on how important a story is at the same time ("Im waisting your film"). great guy nevertheless

  73. Daylan Poore

    Daylan Poore

    12 dögum síðan

    I come back and watch this about once a month just to tryin gain slightest bit of his intelligence/this man was 50yrs ahead of his times

  74. Coreh Martinushkevich

    Coreh Martinushkevich

    12 dögum síðan

    11:20 it's so that the homelands unwittingly support the war and create a controversial divide amongst those who did or didn't support it.

  75. frawldog

    frawldog

    12 dögum síðan

    🇻🇳 👍

  76. Nickonizer

    Nickonizer

    12 dögum síðan

    im saving this for future use, I have a feeling ill be coming back to this goldmine in the future

  77. Mango Mangay

    Mango Mangay

    12 dögum síðan

    Reminder that LBJ supplied the United States with bombs from a company in which his wife was a majority stock holder. And The Gulf of Tonkin was a hoax. As is the pretext for every American war. Kill your local CIA operative.

  78. al altest

    al altest

    12 dögum síðan

    The same devils are still there and doing the same killings for the same reasons! this world will not have real peace as long as USA stay a warmongering superpower.

  79. Art Sonnevelt

    Art Sonnevelt

    12 dögum síðan

    I wasn't expecting to see the human side of a war criminal

  80. Eric Vidal

    Eric Vidal

    12 dögum síðan

    Seems like a vers smart man

  81. SOULREBELABYSS

    SOULREBELABYSS

    12 dögum síðan

    Just thank god you weren't a black Vietnam vet. Sky was the limit when you got back. Wahhh waaaahhh 👶

  82. snaggletooth 70

    snaggletooth 70

    12 dögum síðan

    Is this cat still alive today i wonder

    • David Hoffman

      David Hoffman

      12 dögum síðan

      Read the description please. Very much alive.

  83. Dashmir Veliu

    Dashmir Veliu

    12 dögum síðan

    Truly insightful, thank you so much for posting this

    • David Hoffman

      David Hoffman

      12 dögum síðan

      Thank you for your comment. If your resources allow, I would sure appreciate your using the THANKS button under any of my videos including the one you have commented on. It is something new that ISboths is beta testing and would mean a great deal for my continuing efforts. David Hoffman filmmaker

  84. Brian Vinther

    Brian Vinther

    13 dögum síðan

    Making his girlfriend an icon... "You were...Jenny" (F.Gump)

  85. Tony M

    Tony M

    13 dögum síðan

    This got over 8k thumbs down? Likely right wing nationalists who can't believe that our country has made many historical mistakes... the people who will lead us into this type of action again...

    • joey101

      joey101

      10 dögum síðan

      Don’t talk out of hate. People on the right and left are responsible. The American people are responsible.

  86. Fenderman

    Fenderman

    13 dögum síðan

    He’s right, people living in the states have no idea what’s actually going on overseas

  87. Crooked Paths

    Crooked Paths

    13 dögum síðan

    His first view returning to the USA was of impenetrable fog - a metaphor for his whole experience in Vietnam.

  88. Outside The Box

    Outside The Box

    13 dögum síðan

    I never knew jeff Foxworthy was a veteran .....

  89. Aaron Catalano

    Aaron Catalano

    13 dögum síðan

    If Howard Stern and Weird Al had a baby.

  90. HoosierMan34

    HoosierMan34

    13 dögum síðan

    It's interesting to think about the disconnect between what the media was saying compared to what this guy saw on the ground. Seems as though NOTHING much has changed...

  91. thomas darby

    thomas darby

    13 dögum síðan

    everyone reading this I have an importing message that will change your day . . . . . GO FUCK YOUR SELF

  92. Boyd Grandy

    Boyd Grandy

    13 dögum síðan

    Viet Nam was a proxy war against the Soviet Union, who directly supported North Viet Nam with weapons, material, training and on-ground leadership. Kennedy and others, subscribed to the theory that if South Viet Nam fell to the NVA/Soviets, the rest of Southeast Asia was also at risk. Lyndon Johnson, eager to seem like an FDR type leader, vastly expanded the US air and ground presence in the Republic of South Viet Nam in 1964, in order to put a stop to Soviet interests there, while placing insane ROE restrictions on our forces. Viet Nam was a fuckup from start to finish, brought to you by LBJ and the chief whiz kid Robert McNamara and enabled by such mediocrities as General William Westmoreland. A lot of factors went in to the US withdrawal from the region in '75, but the primary foe was always the USSR, right up to the day that it collapsed under the weight of 70 years of false promises and murder. Turns out, the folks in the north were more interested in getting rid of the old French inspired regime in the south and to finally get everybody from Europe, the US and the West in general out of Viet Nam. By the way, nobody was more surprised at the reaction of the US public to the Tet offensive in '68, where the Viet Cong literally ceased to exist as an asymmetrical war fighting force, than NVA General Giap, who knew how badly that effort had gone for the VC and NVA. Some of that reaction can be placed on Walter Cronkite acting in a fit of pique because Westmoreland wouldn't let him have access to OpSec data, some on the standard fecklessness of US politicians, and other embedded sources in the US. We never had an exit strategy, or even a well defined war aim for Afghanistan, the place where western armies go to die. By this time next year, the Taliban and the other Afghans will have happily returned to their normal way of life when not occupied by Western powers, which is retail murder of each other. So much for seeding democracy and nation building.

  93. Jeff  The Pharaoh

    Jeff The Pharaoh

    13 dögum síðan

    Back in Iraq 🇮🇶 …..

  94. Renee Charles

    Renee Charles

    13 dögum síðan

    Bill,my bro was tagged awol and sent to Fed prison.He has anger,im his sis,so do i. Thank u for making it clear to me.

  95. First Last

    First Last

    13 dögum síðan

    He looks like Howard Stern

  96. ThereAreHotAliensOnMarsTrustMe

    ThereAreHotAliensOnMarsTrustMe

    13 dögum síðan

    Either you assert control and build a government whilst integrating the local population. Or you stay away, because you have no goal and therefore will fail. I am no expert on colonialism. But it makes more sense to profit from a country rather than to have wars without end.

  97. Beejee Pacha

    Beejee Pacha

    13 dögum síðan

    This guy should have been hired as an actor, or a TV presenter. How come the most charismatic people are the ones who never make it in Hollywood?

  98. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker

    13 dögum síðan

    ...and nothing has changed. "Weapons of mass destruction" Ya right George. Nothing changes. The world turns, century after century and NOTHING changes. From the Crusades, to World War II to Afghanistan. If it wasn't so sad it would be comical. After all these years, has anyone looked into any of the numerous questions regarding 911? In any murder investigation (except JFK) even one of these questions would be delved into. Nope. We are just pawns. I can never get the image of the "falling man" out of my head. Just a normal day, went into work like every day, then......... Like this guy in the video. A young kid. A pawn in a great game played by old men.

  99. Quinn Holloway

    Quinn Holloway

    13 dögum síðan

    War is Hell But it's not the Soldiers who are demons The real demons are the people who command it The people who start the wars The constant bickering goverments and parties who try to justify War in all matter of ways Resources, A Sense of 'Duty to stop our Enemy', 'To bring order', Because it's justified in 'the Lords' Eyes' despite the good book not saying anything about using weapons that cause extreme damage

  100. Pasajero De La Brújula

    Pasajero De La Brújula

    13 dögum síðan

    Sir, NEGATIVE, sir! Sir, the private believes any answer he gives will be wrong and the Senior Drill Instructor will only beat him harder if he reverses himself, SIR!

Áfram