edited by Bernard Edelman for The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission
About the editor
Bernard Edelman, a son of Brooklyn, was drafted into the U.S. Army after he graduated from Brooklyn College. He was sent to Vietnam in April 1970, assigned as a broadcast specialist/combat correspondent for USARV-IO (United States Army, Vietnam-Information Office). After he was honorably discharged in January 1971, he earned his master’s degree in criminal justice while pursuing a varied career as a journalist, editor, and photographer. His work appeared in such publications as the Daily News, the News Sunday Magazine, the New York Post, New York magazine, Behavioral Medicine, and Organic Living. He co-founded Vietnam in the Arts, which in 1981 brought the first art exhibit dealing with the Vietnam War to New York City.
Named by Mayor Edward I. Koch to serve on the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission, he edited the book Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam for the commission, was associate producer of the Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning film based on the book; and was co-producer of the documentary short Memorial: Letters from American Soldiers, which in 1992 was nominated for an Academy Award.
In addition to Dear America, he is the author of Centenarians: The Story of the 20th Century by the Americans Who Lived It (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1999). He resides with his wife and young son in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
About The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission
In 1983, the New York City Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission, organized and launched and strongly supported during Mayor Ed Koch’s administration, took up the challenge of creating a lasting memorial to New Yorkers who served their country during the Vietnam War.
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