CARSON CITY – Western Nevada College offers veterans and the public the opportunity to spend a part of Veterans Day viewing a documentary film about one of the longest and deadliest battles of the Vietnam War.
“Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor” will be screened at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, in Marlette Hall on the WNC Carson City campus. Admission is free.
The documentary is the story of the Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, and their struggles to survive during a 77-day siege of Khe Sanh in 1968. Isolated from military assistance and supplies, the Marines were confronted with heavy mortar, rocket and artillery fire, and very possibly, death.
Ken Rodgers, the film’s co-producer and co-director and a veteran of the Bravo Company and the Khe Sanh siege, will be present at the screening, along with his wife, Betty. In the film, more than a dozen survivors will contribute to retelling the story of one of the worst sieges in American warfare history. American casualties were estimated at 354, including 60 from the Bravo Company.
“This is a documentary with actual combat footage and shows what really happened,” said Kevin Burns, an adviser for Student Veterans Club of Western Nevada College and a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps. “It can be a springboard to discussion and be very cathartic for the Vietnam guys.”
The film is dedicated to the memory of the 58,272 men and women who didn’t return from the Vietnam War.It is sponsored by the Nevada State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, VVA Chapter 388 and the Student Veterans of Western Nevada College. Refreshments will be served.