The mini-series is a dense and often revelatory look back at the history, politics, and ugly realities of the conflict.
Ehrhart, who grew up in Perkasie and now teaches English and history at the Haverford School, is one of the veterans that talk about their wartime experiences in the show.
During his senior year of high school, Ehrhart was accepted to four colleges but instead joined the Marines at 17.
“I volunteered,” he recalled. “It never occurred to me that my government would be wrong, so my experience in Vietnam was extremely disturbing.”
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick directed, while Geoffrey C. Ward wrote the script for the eighteen-hour documentary mini-series that has taken a decade to make. The same team wrote and directed The War, Prohibition, and Baseball.
The Vietnam War premiered on Sunday at 8 p.m. on WHYY12 and will run Sunday through Thursday over the next two weeks.
After it finishes, it will re-run showing just one episode a week from October 3.
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