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Winter Soldier (1972)

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Powerful film that shows Vietnam veterans fresh from the battlefields telling very graphic descriptions of the atrocities they saw and committed themselves and how it affected them. Also a cameo of a young John Kerry interviewing his fellow soldiers.

The name “Winter Soldier Investigation” was proposed by Mark Lane, and was derived from Thomas Paine’s first American Crisis paper, written in December 1776. When future Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry, then a decorated Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve (Inactive), later spoke before a Senate Committee, he explained,

“We who have come here to Washington have come here because we feel we have to be winter soldiers now. We could come back to this country; we could be quiet; we could hold our silence; we could not tell what went on in Vietnam, but we feel because of what threatens this country, the fact that the crimes threaten it, not reds, and not redcoats but the crimes which we are committing that threaten it, that we have to speak out.

IMDB (8.2)

Winter Soldier Investigation @ Wikipedia