U-Idaho to Present Screening of Vietnam Pivotal Combat Documentary

Wednesday, April 10 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho will host a screening of the documentary “Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor” on Friday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main St. in Moscow. A panel discussion will follow.

The documentary recounts the story of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment during the 77-day siege in Khe Sanh, Vietnam in early 1968. The film follows the story of Ken Rodgers and 14 other members of Bravo Company as they recall what took place, how it changed their lives and what it means to them today.

“This story portrays the essential elements of mankind and war in unflinching and honest terms,” said Ken Rodgers, writer, producer and director. “We see combat as it really is with its basic emotions of fear, rage, guilt, loyalty and savagery.”

The film tells the story through interviews, historic footage, photographs, music and actual recordings made during the siege of how these men withstood constant bombardment from the enemy and fearsome living conditions in order to defend the combat base, while battling their own fear and suffering unspeakable loss.

“Bravo! speaks to combat veterans of all ages. Weapons and locations change, but the nature of war remains the same,” said Rodgers.

A panel discussion featuring Vietnam-era and recent veterans will provide a forum for members of the panel and the audience to share their reactions about the documentary and discuss elements of the Vietnam war, as well as what it means to have served in the military.

The screening is sponsored by the University of Idaho’s Operation Education Scholarship Program and the University of Idaho’s Department of English. This event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Operation Education Scholarship Program.

“My wife, Betty, and I are deeply honored to have the University of Idaho screening hosted by the Operation Education Scholarship Program. Helping disabled veterans further their education is an honorable mission,” said Rodgers. “We also would like to thank authors Kim Barnes and Robert Wrigley for their belief in our film.”

For additional information about the movie, visit www.bravotheproject.com. For more information about the Operation Education Scholarship Program, visit www.uidaho.edu/operationeducation.
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