American Medevac


American Medevac is an eye witness report about courage, selflessness, pain and recovery. The hour long documentary had its beginnings during the Vietnam War when correspondent Morton Dean and cameraman Greg Cooke, then on assignment for CBS News, flew on a harrowing medevac mission to rescue three wounded infantrymen from an enemy infested rice paddy. Dean says he knew at the time he’d witnessed something profound; an American ideal in action. Why? “When the call came in from the battlefield, the medevac crew responded immediately. No one asked who the wounded were, what color they were, what political party they favored, what religion they might have followed. All that mattered was an American needed help.” Dean long wondered what had become of the medevac crew and the bloodied men who were airlifted to safety on that January day in 1971. Had they survived the Vietnam War? Had they perished in subsequent wars and if not, then what kind of lives were they leading? Had the demons of wartime, including post-traumatic stress, followed them home? Now we know. The pilot and co-pilot had never ‘met’ any of the wounded they rescued. Now, more than 40 years later, they have! One by one, across the American landscape, Dean brought them together. And once again, Cooke was behind the camera. The result is, as you might expect, extraordinary. America has never seen this kind story. Their story. Raw. Surreal. From the heart. American Medevac reaches out beyond the Vietnam experience and speaks to those who have learned about war in the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan and who are now experiencing what post war life for a combat vet – and their families - is all about.


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Title: American Medevac


Clean of Graphics: No

Type: Full Program

Subject(s): Service, Vietnam

Public Broadcasting Station or Institution: WLIW

Original Broadcast/Publish Date: 07/13/2017

Runtime: 00:56:46

Main Asset File Size: 28.47 GB

Rights Information:

  • Media Rights: All manner and media: non-commercial only
  • Territory (*Please note: all internet exploitation of this program must be geo-limited to the specified territory): United States (including territories and possessions)
  • Expires: 10/31/2021
  • Releases: 4
  • Editing Allowed?: No
  • Digital Classroom Rights: Yes
  • Promotional Use: Yes

Sensitive Material: The program contains scenes and descriptions of war and injury that might not be suitable for all viewers.

Special Instructions: Additional Rights Information: 4 releases for 1 year starting November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2021 for Public Television (primary and multicast channels), Free-VOD Rights; Passport, station websites, and the PBS app are permitted; Live linear streaming rights are included. On-air pledge rights granted.

Language: English


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