The Statesman livestreamed the event, which is currently posted on Facebook. Highlights from the conversation, edited for readability and clarity, are included below. A full transcript of the event is available here.
The year was 1971 and the United States had been at war in Vietnam for the duration of the past decade. The draft was in full effect and able bodied young men over the age of 18 were enlisted into the U.S. military to serve in the war effort. Overseas, our soldiers, sailors and Marines were fighting a drawn out counter insurgency war against guerrilla fighters in the jungles of Vietnam.