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CU students writing book about Vietnam War

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Veterans sought for interviews.

A book honoring those from Taylor County who served during the Vietnam War is being written by mass communication students at Campbellsville University, and help is needed if the book is to become a reality.

Those who are a veteran of the Vietnam War or know someone who is are asked to contact Stan McKinney, associate professor of journalism at the university, at somckinney@campbellsville.edu or (270) 789-5035. Please include the name of the veteran and contact information.

Since classes aren't in session because of summer break, those calling are asked to leave a message.

The book will be the third in a series written by Campbellsville University students. The first two in the "They Were Soldiers" series tells the stories of World War II and Korean veterans who live in Taylor County.

Students will begin interviewing Vietnam veterans in September.

"We want to tell the stories of our Vietnam veterans," McKinney said. "It has been more than 50 years since the U.S. involvement in Vietnam began, and it is time that our Vietnam veterans received the honor and recognition they deserve."

Veterans are asked to gather any photographs they might have of their time in Vietnam so they can be scanned and included in the book.

Interviews will be conducted this fall and again in spring, McKinney said, with the goal of publishing the book in time for a special book unveiling on July 4 next year.

"I hope that is realistic," McKinney said. "The book about Korean veterans took about two years. With the cooperation of veterans and the hard work of my students, though, I believe the book can be finished by then."

Copies of the book will be given to local libraries. All veterans will also be invited to the book unveiling, McKinney said, and each given a copy of the book.