Bill McCloud served in the 147th Assault Support Helicopter company in Vietnam from March 1968 to March 1969. He taught for 30 years at Pryor Junior High School in Oklahoma. In 2009, Harvard purchased Mr. McCloud's collection of letters and materials which became his 1989 book What Should We Tell Our Children About Vietnam. He now serves as an Adjunct Professor of History at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma.
That was the question an Oklahoma high school teacher sent out in a handwritten note to men and women who had been prominent movers or observers during the Vietnam War. Politicians and journalists and generals and combat veterans answered him. Secretaries of Defense answered him. Presidents answered him. Taken together, the answers form a powerful and moving record of the national conscience.