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This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen (more…)

Premiered: October 4, 1988

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 13, Episode 4 Return With Honor

First Aired: November 14, 2000

Vietnam POWs recall their ordeals---at times with great poignancy---in a first-person history that supplements the comments with North Vietnamese war footage. As the veterans describe it here, their mission was simple, but not easy. “We were determined to return to the U.S. with honor,” is the way that Air Force major Fred Cherry puts it.. “We were not going to collaborate with the enemy. And we were going to look out for each other.” Tom Hanks introduces the film.

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