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Interviewees discuss their recollections of wars from World War II to the present day.

Highlights
Steve Kroft on how his service in Vietnam prepared him to become an journalist
Frances Buss Buch on working on the CBS TV news program when Pearl Harbor was attacked
Bill Dana on being sent to witness the concentration camp at Dachau by President Eisenhower
Dan Rather on reporting on the Vietnam War
Joseph Wershba on covering the Korean Conflict for CBS
Larry Gelbart on how the Korean conflict was the real backdrop for the fictional M*A*S*H television series
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Robert Adler

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Robert Adler on early projects he was assigned at Zenith and on Zenith and World War II

Mary V. Ahern

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Mary V. Ahern on her experience during World War II

Alex Anderson

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Alex Anderson on his experiences during World War II

Howard Anderson, Jr.

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Howard Anderson Jr. on his military service 

Charlie Andrews

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Charlie Andrews on his service in World War II

Bob Banner

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Bob Banner on his service in World War II
Bob Banner on producing Peggy Fleming Visits the Soviet Union

Erik Barnouw

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Erik Barnouw on how World War II impacted him and his work
Erik Barnouw on forming and heading the Armed Forces Radio Services education unit

Ralph M. Baruch

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Ralph M. Baruch on his family's experiences in World War II in Germany and France

Joe Behar

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Joe Behar on getting drafted in World War II

William Bell

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William Bell on incorporating events of the Vietnam War into the storylines of Days of Our Lives

Donald Bellisario

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Donald Bellisario on early memories of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
Donald Bellisario on his childhood town's reaction to World War II
Donald Bellisario on "Magnum" of Magnum, P.I.  being a veteran of the Vietnam War
Donald Belisario on Dean Stockwell's difficulty with the Quantum Leap episode "The Leap Home"

Dick Berg

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Dick Berg on his experiences in World War II

Wade Bingham

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Wade Bingham on the types of films he made as a child, and on making training films during World War II
Wade Bingham on covering the Korean War for CBS News
Wade Bingham on covering the Battle of Chongju and other battles during the Korean War
Wade Bingham on covering the firing of General Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War for CBS News
Wade Bingham on his most memorable moments covering the Korean War for CBS News
Wade Bingham on memorable moments shooting the Korean War for CBS News
Wade Bingham on Edward R. Murrow bringing See it Now to Korea during the Korean War
Wade Bingham on competing with other news organizations during the Korean War, and on bringing sound to his footage of it
Wade Bingham on covering the French involvement in Vietnam, which was a precursor to the Vietnam War
Wade Bingham on covering the early stages of the Vietnam War for CBS News
Wade Bingham on shooting a hydrogen bomb test
Wade Bingham on covering Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev's visit to Indonesia in 1960
Wade Bingham on shooting an hydrogen bomb test for CBS News

Lucille Bliss

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Lucille Bliss on performing at Armed Forces Talent Shows during World War II and auditioning the Marine Corps Band

Haskell Boggs

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Haskell Boggs on his activities during World War II

Mili Lerner Bonsignori

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Mili Lerner Bonsignori on working on the pilot episode of See It Now which followed how a donation of blood made it to a soldier in the Korean War

Al Borden

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Al Borden on his experience in World War II and living through the Great Depression
Al Borden on his service in World War II

Eric Braeden

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Eric Braeden on growing up in Germany during World War II

David Brinkley

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David Brinkley on his World War II experience

Allan Burns

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Allan Burns on getting drafted in the Vietnam War, but a back injury preventing him from serving

Julia Child

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Julia Child on her time in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II
Julia Child on her time in the OSS during World War II (continued)

Robert Clary

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Robert Clary on being placed in a concentration camp with this family during World War II
Robert Clary on being liberated from Buchenwald in 1945
Robert Clary on how Hogan's Heroes was vastly different from his own real life World War II experience, and more on his character, "LeBeau"
Robert Clary on his eventual decision to share his and his family's story of being placed in a concentration camp during World War II
Robert Clary on his work speaking about the Holocaust for the Shoah Foundation, and on being the subject of the documentary "Robert Clary A5714: A Memoir of Liberation"

Art Clokey

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Art Clokey on working with film during World War II

Nick Clooney

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Nick Clooney on how his family was affected by World War II
Nick Clooney on serving in the Armed Forces Radio Network during the Korean War

Andy Cohen

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Andy Cohen on announcing the death of Osama bin Laden on Watch What Happens Live

Shelley Berman with Emerson College

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Shelley Berman on the importance of comedy in his life, and on the importance of comedy during World War II

Henry Colman

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Henry Colman on serving in the Air Force during World War II

Fred de Cordova

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Fred de Cordova on his experiences in World War II

Alexander Courage

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Alexander Courage on becoming a bandleader in the Army during World War II and attending the Army Music School
Alexander Courage on starting to arrange music while he was in the Army

Richard Crenna

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Richard Crenna on his activities during World War II

Bill Dana

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Bill Dana on being sent to witness the concentration camp at Dachau by President Eisenhower
Bill Dana on the Leopoldville disaster, the "Cheshire Cats," and visiting Dachau concentration camp

James Day

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James Day on his experiences in World War II

Louis Dorfsman

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Louis Dorfsman on joining the Army during World War II

David Dortort

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David Dortort on his activities during World War II

Hugh Downs

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Hugh Downs on getting drafted into the Army during World War II

Betty Cole Dukert

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Betty Cole Dukert on Meet the Press'  coverage of The Cold War
Betty Cole Dukert on Fidel Castro appearing on Meet the Press
Betty Cole Dukert on Anastas Mikoyan appearing on Meet the Press
Betty Cole Dukert on covering the Vietnam War on Meet the Press

Dominick Dunne

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Dominick Dunne on his service in the Army during World War II

Ralph Edwards

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Ralph Edwards on his bond, paper, and copper drives with Truth or Consequences during World War II
Ralph Edwards on the 1958 episode of This Is Your Life set in Hawaii to honor those who perished at Pearl Harbor and raise funds for a memorial

Jeff Fager

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Jeff Fager on producing stories in the Middle East in the 1980s for CBS Evening News with Dan Rather
Jeff Fager on covering the Soviet Union for CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, including a story where they explored what Russians were proud of
Jeff Fager on producing stories on the Gulf War for CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and 60 Minutes
Jeff Fager on the Abu Ghraib story on 60 Minutes II
Jeff Fager on the controversial 2013 60 Minutes story on Benghazi

Jamie Farr

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Jamie Farr on getting drafted during the Korean conflict
Jamie Farr on keeping in touch with Red Skelton when Farr got drafted in 1957 and the pair entertaining troops together
Jamie Farr on the premise of M*A*S*H
Jamie Farr on the dog tags he wore as "Klinger" on M*A*S*H and how the show was similar to the real Korean Way (in which Farr had served)

Irving Fein

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Irving Fein on trying to serve as a publicist for a General during World War II

Les Flory

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Les Flory on commercial television coming to a halt when World War II started and the development of new technologies during the war years

Horton Foote

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Horton Foote on his activities during World War II, and on bringing his play "Only the Heart" to Broadway

June Foray

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June Foray on writing scripts for the Office of Civilian Defense during World War II
June Foray on writing scripts for the Office of Civilian Defense during World War II

Reuven Frank

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Reuven Frank on erection of the Berlin Wall
Reuven Frank on the Cuban Missile Crisis
Reuven Frank on NBC's coverage of the Bay of Pigs invasion
Reuven Frank on the NBC News documentary The Tunnel
Reuven Frank on the NBC News coverage of the Vietnam War
Reuven Frank on NBC News' coverage of the anti-Vietnam War movment

Jonathan Frid

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Jonathan Frid on his experience during World War II

Murray Fromson

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Murray Fromson on seeing his Japanese-American classmates taken out of their classroom a few weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the discrimination he witnessed against Japanese-Americans
Murray Fromson on being drafted during the Korean War, and he came to write for "Stars and Stripes"
Murray Fromson on what it was like to write for "Stars and Stripes" during the Korean War, and how a story he wrote got him transferred from being stationed in Japan to Korea
Murray Fromson on some of his most striking memories of reporting for "Stars and Stripes" in Korea during the Korean War
Murray Fromson on getting in trouble for a story he wrote about a Marine while reporting for "Stars and Stripes" during the Korean War, and how this led to him being hired by the Associated Press
Murray Fromson on being a correspondent in Japan, reporting on Japan and Korea following the end of the Korean War
Murray Fromson on stopping in Saigon and Cambodia on his way to reporting in Singapore in 1956
Murray Fromson on covering the Cuban Missile Crisis for CBS News
Murray Fromson on covering the Vietnam War for CBS News
Murray Fromson on torture he witnessed while covering the Vietnam War for CBS News, and a court martial trial he covered
Murray Fromson on the My Lai Massacre and the horrors of war
Murray Fromson on a piece he wrote for "The New York Times," which was an interview with an unnamed general who said the war in Vietnam was unwinnable - the general did not allow his name to be revealed until 2006 (it was Frederick C. Weyand)
Murray Fromson on how his transfer to the Chicago bureau of CBS News came about due to an experience in Vietnam
Murray Fromson on Walter Cronkite's visit to Vietnam
Murray Fromson on what he told Walter Cronkite on his visit to Vietnam
Murray Fromson on going to Moscow to cover the Soviet Union for CBS News in 1972
Murray Fromson on what it was like to live in Moscow during the Cold War and to report for CBS News
Murray Fromson on a press conference with Leonid Brezhnev before his visit to the United States in 1973
Murray Fromson on the biggest stories he covered while he was in Moscow for CBS News
Murray Fromson on covering the end of the Vietnam War, including the plane crash of a flight taking orphans out of Vietnam
Murray Fromson on the parallels between the Iraq War and the Vietnam War

James Garner

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James Garner on his family and World War II
James Garner on serving in the Korean War

Greg Garrison

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Greg Garrison on his experience in World War II

Larry Gelbart

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Larry Gelbart on touring with Bob Hope during the war, and how Hope was almost a victim of a bombing attack while in Vietnam

David Gerber

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David Gerber on his experience in World War II

Lewis Gomavitz

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Lewis Gomavitz on his experience with World War II
Lewis Gomavitz on his experiences with World War II and on working at an experimental television station

Julian Goodman

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Julian Goodman on serving in World War II for a short time and contracting pneumonia
Julian Goodman on NBC news coverage of the Vietnam War

Don Hewitt

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Don Hewitt on his experience during World War II
Don Hewitt on covering the Korean War for CBS News, and on how the technology of the industry has changed
Don Hewitt on the CBS coverage of the Gulf of Tonkin hearing
Don Hewitt on how television changed the public's opinion of the Vietnam War
Don Hewitt on television's coverage of the Gulf War

Pat Hitchcock

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Pat Hitchcock O'Connell on coming to the United States as a child and her recollections of World War II

Martin Hoade

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Martin Hoade on his experience with World War II
Martin Hoade on directing the made-for-television movie Duty Bound, about the Vietnam War

Hal Holbrook

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Hal Holbrook on going into the Army during World War II

Stanley Hubbard

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Stanley Hubbard on the pause in the development of television during World War II and his father's early radio stations
Stanley Hubbard on KSTP's coverage of the Vietnam War

Roy Huggins

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Roy Huggins on his activities during World War II

Alan Jaggs

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Alan Jaggs on his service in World War II

Lucy Jarvis

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Lucy Jarvis on producing a landmark series about the United States and the Soviet Union in the early 1960s for The Nation's Future  featuring John Glenn and Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov
Lucy Jarvis on producing the documentary The Kremlin  for NBC News
Lucy Jarvis on the technical difficulties of filming inside the Kremlin and NBC destroying unused footage
Lucy Jarvis on her crew for The Kremlin  and it being NBC first major color broadcast
Lucy Jarvis on filming The Kremlin  during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962

Herb Jellinek

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Herb Jellinek on The Day After

Joseph Jennings

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Joseph Jennings on his activities during World War II

George Clayton Johnson

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George Clayton Johnson as serving as a cartographer for the Army

Loren Jones

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Loren Jones on having been privy to the development on the atom bomb

Sidney M. Katz

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Sidney M. Katz on his experience as an editor and filmmaker in World War II

Bob Keeshan

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Bob Keeshan on his experiences in World War II

Lynwood King

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Lynwood King on his experiences in World War II

Jeff Kisseloff

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Jeff Kisseloff on the truth of the Alger Hiss story emerging in his oral history research

Jack Klugman

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Jack Klugman on being drafted in War World II

Ted Koppel

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Ted Koppel on his first television appearance in 1966 - covering the Vietnam War
Ted Koppel on being the first Western journalist to reach Baghdad when Iraq invaded Kuwait

Steve Kroft

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Steve Kroft on how his service in Vietnam prepared him to become an journalist

Perry Lafferty

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Perry Lafferty on his activities during World War II, including working for Armed Forces Radio

Rita Lakin

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Rita Lakin on the first time she saw television, and on her experience with World War II

Angela Lansbury

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Angela Lansbury on her recollections of the outbreak of World War II

Ring Lardner, Jr.

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Ring Lardner, Jr. on his experiences during World War II

Peter Lassally

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Peter Lassally on how his German family was affected by World War II

Gene LeBell

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Gene LeBell on getting drafted during the Korean War and joining The Coast Guard

Norman Lear

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Norman Lear on his experience with World War II in the Air Force

Jim Lehrer

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Jim Lehrer on his experience growing up during World War II

Richard Lewis

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Richard Lewis on his experience during World War II

Frank Liberman

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Frank Liberman on his experience with World War II

Jay Livingston

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Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on how World War II affected them
Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on how World War II affected them

James L. Loper

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James L. Loper on how World War II affected his family

Sidney Lumet

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Sidney Lumet on his experience during World War II

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on getting into radio in New York and the onset of World War II
Stewart MacGregory on his experiences in World War II
Stewart MacGregory on becoming a cryptograph specialist in World War II

Robert MacNeil

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Robert MacNeil on his experience of World War II
Robert MacNeil on covering the Belgian Congo Crisis
Robert MacNeil on covering the rise of The Berlin Wall
Robert MacNeil on covering the Cuban Missile Crisis
Robert MacNeil on covering the Cuban Missile Crisis
Robert MacNeil on covering the Cold War in East Berlin

Delbert Mann

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Delbert Mann on entering World War II, his recollections of Pearl Harbor, and joining the Air Force

Abby Mann

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Abby Mann on writing the Playhouse 90 classic "Judgment at Nuremberg"
Abby Mann on writing Playhouse 90: "Judgement at Nuremberg"

Martin Manulis

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Martin Manulis on his experience during World War II

Peter Marshall

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Peter Marshall on his service in World War II

Leslie H. Martinson

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Leslie H. Martinson on his experiences in World War II

Bob May

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Bob May on continuing to work with Olsen & Johnson when he was drafted into the Army during World War II

Bob McGrath

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Bob McGrath on volunteering for the draft during the Korean War and serving in Germany

Jim McKay

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Jim MKay on his interview with Fidel Castro; asking him how close we came to nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis

Ed McMahon

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Ed McMahon on his activities during World War II
Ed McMahon on flying fighter planes as a Marine in the Korean War

Bill Melendez

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Bill Melendez on his experiences during World War II

Burt Metcalfe

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Burt Metcalfe on how M*A*S*H related to Vietnam

Sig Mickelson

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Sig Mickelson on CBS News' coverage of the Korean War
Sig Mickelson on a dust up between CBS News and the Eisenhower White House over a scheduled interview with then-Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev

Vic Mizzy

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Vic Mizzy on serving in the Navy's welfare recreation office during World War II - working on films and writing shows
Vic Mizzy on composing songs that became hits during World War II
Vic Mizzy on playing the organ for the Navy during World War II and falling ill

John Moffitt

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John Moffitt on how The Ed Sullivan Show did not reference the Vietnam War

Paul Monash

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Paul Monash on his experience during World War III

Bill Monroe

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Bill Monroe on covering the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis for NBC News
Bill Monroe on NBC News' coverage of Vietnam
Bill Monroe on NBC News' coverage of the Vietnam War, and on covering the Lyndon B. Johnson administration

Thomas W. Moore

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Thomas W. Moore on his experience with World War II

Priscilla Morgan

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Priscilla Morgan on her brother's experience in World War II and joining the WAVES
Priscilla Morgan on her experiences in the Navy WAVES

Tad Mosel

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Tad Mosel on growing up in the Great Depression and his experience in World War II

Roger Mudd

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Roger Mudd on CBS coverage of the Vietnam War

Frank Nastasi

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Frank Nastasi on his service in World War II

Anne Nelson

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Anne Nelson on CBS Radio during World War II, and on content concerns

Bob Newhart

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Bob Newhart on his time in the service during The Korean War

Agnes Nixon

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Agnes Nixon on a topical story about the Vietnam War on All My Children

Fess Parker

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Fess Parker on his experience during World War II

Arthur Penn

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Arthur Penn on his experience with World War II, and on meeting Fred Coe and Lester Shorr
Arthur Penn on putting on plays while touring around Europe during World War II

Don Pike

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Don Pike on engineering cameras for bombs during World War II

Abraham Polonsky

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Abraham Polonsky on his experience with World War II
Abraham Polonsky on being involved with the OSS during World War II

Tom Poston

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Tom Poston on his service in World War II

Jacques Pépin

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Jacques Pépin on his family's experience with World War II, and on food rationing during the war

Ward Quaal

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Ward Quaal on the country entering Word War II and on announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor

Arthur Rankin, Jr.

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Arthur Rankin Jr. on World War II delaying his career

Del Reisman

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Del Reisman on his service during World War II, and on his education
Del Reisman on the impact World War II had on Rod Serling's writing, and on Serling's celebrity, brought about by The Twilight Zone

Ed Resnick

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Ed Resnick on shooting the atomic bomb tests in Las Vegas for KTLA
Ed Resnick on the logistics of shooting the atomic bomb tests, which were broadcast live on KTLA
Ed Resnick on the crew of KTLA's broadcast of the atomic bomb test

Gene Reynolds

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Gene Reynolds on his service in the Navy in World War II
Gene Reynolds on M*A*S*H  in regards to Vietnam

Larry Rhine

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Larry Rhine on his experience with World War II

Hank Rieger

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Hank Rieger on serving in World War II and having his first experience with public relations during the war

Heino Ripp

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Heino Ripp on being in the newsroom on D-Day

Geraldo Rivera

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Geraldo Rivera on reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan 

Andy Rooney

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Andy Rooney on his experience in World War II, and on writing for Stars and Stripes
Andy Rooney on his work at Stars and Stripes during World War II
Andy Rooney on the CBS Radio coverage of World War II, and on going to Normandy in the wake of D-Day
Andy Rooney on his editors at Stars and Stripes and on encountering Ernest Hemingway
Andy Rooney on covering the end of World War II for Stars and Stripes

Stanley Rubin

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Stanley Rubin on serving in the Motion Picture Unit during World War II

Maria Elena Salinas

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Maria Elena Salinas on covering the Iraq War from Baghdad

Isabel Sanford

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Isabel Sanford on her experience with World War II, and on her early memories of television and movies

Bob Schieffer

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Bob Schieffer on covering the Vietnam War as a newspaper reporter
Bob Schieffer on covering anti-Vietnam War demonstrations for CBS News
Bob Schieffer on covering the Vietnam War as the Pentagon correspondent for CBS News
Bob Schieffer on covering George W. Bush and the Iraq War as CBS News Chief Washington correspondent

Bob Schiller

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Bob Schiller on his five-year service during World War II

Max Schindler

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Max Schindler on covering the protests of the '60s
Max Schindler on directing coverage of the Vietnam War for NBC News

Reese Schonfeld

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Reese Schonfeld on UPI's coverage of the Vietnam War

Daniel Schorr

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Daniel Schorr on his experiences during World War II
Daniel Schorr on his experiences during World War II
Daniel Schorr on going to Moscow for CBS News in 1955, and on getting in with Edward R. Murrow
Daniel Schorr on interviewing Nikita Khrushchev in Moscow on Face the Nation
Daniel Schorr on covering Nikita Khrushchev's trip to the United States in 1959 for Eyewitness to History
Daniel Schorr on how CBS News portrayed Nikita Khrushchev, and on negotiating his Face the Nation interview
Daniel Schorr on being expelled by Moscow by the KGB, and on covering various stories for CBS News
Daniel Schorr on covering the construction of the Berlin Wall for CBS News, and John F. Kennedy's visit to Germany
Daniel Schorr on covering various stories in Eastern Europe in the early 1960s
Daniel Schorr on doing a CBS documentary on East Germany, and on clashing with William S. Paley

Robert Schuller

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Robert Schuller on Hour of Power  expanding into Russia and meeting Mikhail Gorbachev

Ralph Senensky

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Ralph Senensky on serving in World War II

Mel Shavelson

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Mel Shavelson on Bob Hope entertaining the troops in Vietnam, and on the politics of the time

David Shaw

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David Shaw on his activities during World War II

Jack Shea

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Jack Shea on entering the Army in 1952 and making training films
Jack Shea on editing Bob Hope's USO shows
Jack Shea on music director of Bob Hope's television specials, Les Brown, and entertaining troops at USO shows

Sidney Sheldon

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Sidney Sheldon on serving in the Air Force during World War II and writing plays

John Silva

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John Silva on how World War II affected his family; on becoming a radar officer in World War II
John Silva on the technological innovations he learned about as a a radar officer in World War II

Garry Simpson

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Garry Simpson on serving in the Navy as a test engineer
Garry Simpson on showing civil defense films during World War II and NBC not broadcasting television during the war after 1942

Abby Singer

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Abby Singer on his time in World War II

Sid Smith

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Sid Smith on joining the Marine Corps College Program during World War II; on transferring to the Navy
Sid Smith on directing Bob Hope's Christmas Specials and other Bob Hope Specials, including USO Shows

Howard K. Smith

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Howard K. Smith on censorship he faced at CBS radio in Berlin during World War II
Howard K. Smith on leaving Germany and arriving in Switzerland on December 7, 1941

Bob Smith

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"Buffalo" Bob Smith on his experience with World War II

Sanford Socolow

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Sanford Socolow on getting drafted into the Korean War and serving in the public information office and the First Radio Broadcasting and Leaflet group
Sanford Socolow on how Walter Cronkite became "the most trusted man in America" and the story behind Cronkite's on-air condemnation of the Vietnam War (which Cronkite delivered on a special primetime report, not on the CBS Evening News)
Sanford Socolow on CBS's coverage of the Vietnam War
Sanford Socolow on the friendship between Frank Stanton and Lyndon Johnson and whether it influenced CBS news coverage of Vietnam

Frank Stanton

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Frank Stanton on CBS News' coverage of Vietnam

Ben Starr

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Ben Starr on serving in World War II as an Air Force Navigator and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross

Jerry Stiller

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Jerry Stiller on serving in World War II

Brandon Stoddard

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Brandon Stoddard on developing The Winds of War  and War and Remembrance 

Gale Storm

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Gale Storm on her involvement with the war effort during World War II

Stanford Tischler

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Stanford Tishchler on serving in World War II as a film editor

Robert Trout

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Robert Trout on how his family was impacted by World War I and attending the Presidential inauguration in 1916

Clint Walker

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Clint Walker on serving in the Merchant Marines during World War II

Joseph A. Wapner

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Joseph Wapner on learning of President Roosevelt's death during World War II

Ruth Warrick

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Ruth Warrick on World War II

Matthew Weiner

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Matthew Weiner on season six of Mad Men  and using the news events of 1968 as a backdrop 

Bob Weiskopf

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Bob Weiskopf on his service in World War II while working for The Fred Allen Show
Bob Weiskopf on his wife almost going to an internment camp during World War II

John Wells

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John Wells on crafting the stories of China Beach using real life stories from Vietnam veterans 

Av Westin

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Av Westin on being in Berlin when the Berlin Wall went up
Av Westin on various major news events in his career

Ethel Winant

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Ethel Winant on her experience with World War II

Perry Wolff

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Perry Wolff on his experience in World War II and writing a novel about it

Bud Yorkin

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Bud Yorkin on his service in World War II

Frederic Ziv

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Frederic Ziv on how his company was affected by World War II

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