Vietnam War en In Uniform <p>In war or in peace, thousands of Iowans have served in the armed forces.&nbsp; With both archival audio and original interviews, "In Uniform" honors and remembers Iowa veterans who sacrificed and served the country since the Civil War all the way up to the War on Terror.</p><p></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:38:34 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 31930 at In Uniform POW Bracelet Comes Full Circle <p>They were known as "POW bracelets," a symbolic metal band bearing the name of a Vietnam POW, or a man missing in action. More than 40 years after the prisoners came home, a Florida man rediscovered the bracelet he wore as a teenager and traced it back to a Navy veteran in Des Moines. We interviewed both men for Veterans Day.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 31827 at POW Bracelet Comes Full Circle Vietnamese Orphans and President Ford <p></p><p></p><p>Grateful Americans are honoring former President Gerald Ford this weekend at a reunion in Dana Point, California. &nbsp;They owe their citizenship, and perhaps their lives, to the man born in Omaha, 100 years ago this Sunday. Iowa Archives&nbsp;remembers “Operation Babylift,” and the epic rescue of several thousand Vietnamese orphans.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 23805 at Vietnamese Orphans and President Ford Vietnam POWs Mark 40 Years of Freedom <p>It was code-named Operation Homecoming, when&nbsp;the U.S. and North Vietnam signed a peace agreement and our prisoners of war started coming home.We remember the defining events of that time, with historic sound from our Iowa Archives project.</p><p></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 14640 at Vietnam POWs Mark 40 Years of Freedom Veteran's lost ring found after 41 years <p></p><p>A keepsake from the Vietnam War will be returned to an Iowa soldier who lost it in 1971 on the bottom of Iowa’s Lake Delhi. John Jones’ gold, 25<sup>th</sup> Infantry Division ring came off while swimming. Two years ago, after the dam broke and the lake drained, a Chicago treasure hunter found it under the muddy lake bottom, and a veterans official was able to trace it back to Jones, who lives in Cedar Rapids.</p><p></p><p>IPRs Rick Fredericksen has the story.</p> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 13:41:56 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 10584 at Veteran's lost ring found after 41 years Audio Letters from Vietnam <p>An Iowa soldier took along a small tape recorder for his tour of duty in Vietnam and sent tapes home to his family in Burlington. We witness the Vietnam War through the voice recordings of Lt. Robert McKnight.&nbsp;John Pemble provided technical assistance. The 1968 recordings are held by the State Historical Society of Iowa.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 30 Apr 2010 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 1810 at Audio Letters from Vietnam