I didn't learn about Vietnam until about the 8th grade, which was shortly after the "19" video first appeared on MTV... so for me, that video was something of an introduction to the Vietnam War and all the crap surrounding it.
TRANSCRIPTION COURTESY OF JOSEPH HOUK - (CW, back home) "Man... What an emotionally draining day." (BG) "What've you been up to, Cass?" (CW) "I went with my brother to visit a Vietnam War veteran... and his story was heartbreaking. Poor guy went from faithful soldier to down and out in no time flat. He lost his girl, lost his job, got wasted on cocaine... Just ended up as one of those who fell through the cracks." (BG) "There's gotta be something we can do for him!" (CW) "Yeah, but what? A drug intervention? Talk to his girlfriend? Do we even dare go into Vietnam ourselves?" (BG) "I never did learn much about the Vietnam War. My teachers didn't dwell on it a lot in high school." (CW, reaching down to type in a URL on BG's laptop) "Well, here's a good place to start, a little piece by Paul Hardcastle..." [The "19" video] In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26. In Vietnam he was 19. In-in- in- in- in- in- in- in Vietnam he was 19. (BG) "What the..." (CW) "Yep, in the 80's you could make a dance track out of anything... Even a Vietnam War documentary."