Vietnam War (1956 to 1975)
The Vietnam era was as divisive in Connecticut as it was in the rest of the United States. Over 600 Connecticut servicemen lost their lives in the war. While major cities like Hartford felt the brunt of the losses, few communities in Connecticut were unaffected. In response to growing concern over America’s presence in Vietnam, Connecticut saw its share of protests, and groups of Connecticut Vietnam veterans even joined in five days of demonstrations in Washington, DC, in April of 1971. In the decades following the war, Connecticut increased its efforts to recognize the sacrifices of its men and women in Vietnam. Memorials include a monument in Coventry, as well as numerous parks and structures throughout the state.
“Connecticut Vietnam Veterans Memorial,” 2010. Link.
Central Connecticut State University. “Veterans History Project,” 2012. Link.
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut. “Voices from the Underground - Exhibit,” 2011. Link.
Captain Nathan Hale Middle School. 612: Biographies of the 612 Connecticut Men Who Died in Vietnam. Coventry, CT: Captain Nathan Hale Middle School, 2002.
Connecticut. Office of Veterans Affairs for Education. Connecticut Vietnam Era Veterans Discharge Data, June 30, 1965 to June 30, 1976. Hartford, CT: Office of Veterans Affairs, Commission for Higher Education, 1976.
Mitford, Jessica. The Trial of Dr. Spock, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr., Michael Ferber, Mitchell Goodman, and Marcus Raskin. New York, NY: Knopf, 1969.
Goldstein, Warren. William Sloane Coffin, Jr.: A Holy Impatience. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2004.