Ken Burns, Vietnam and
At the bottom of this article
is the prelude written over one year ago to Ken
In Episode 03 at 1:28:12 an error shows that Ken
Burns and Associates can’t even get the most basic
The voiceover says this “1st Cavalry Helicopters
belonging to the 1st Battalion of the 7th
Regiment George Armstrong Custer’s old outfit”.
As the saying goes where does
one start? The correct Military nomenclature is
this for the 7th Cavalry, “1st
Cavalry Division 3rd Brigade 1st
Battalion 7th Cavalry.
If you notice there is no word
Regiment listed. That’s because the term Regiment
was lost in favor of Brigade for the 1st
Cavalry Division. Saying 1st Battalion
of the 7th Regiment is wrong on many
levels. As mentioned above there is no Regiment for
the 1st Cavalry Division. Some might
say what the big deal about Brigade vs Regiment
since they are the same size. Massachusetts is a
Commonwealth not a State. They are the same thing
yet aren’t the same at all.
1st Battalion 7th
Cavalry means just what it states, 1st
Battalion and they have it as 1st
Regiment. They are wrong on two levels, Regiment is
actually 1st Brigade and secondly it
isn’t at the Brigade level but Battalion level. A
Brigade contains 3 Battalions and each Battalion
contains 4 Companies.
That Ken Burns has this most basic fact wrong
information gives a jaundiced eye towards all work
that he’s ever done. Ken Burns is a fan of
Ambrose and that casts a whole new light on Ken
Burns’ work too.
There is an article already written last year in
connection with Episode 3 Vietnam at 1:25:43 when
Galloway states he was on the ground at Plei Me.
Here is the link to that article
Galloway and the Plei Me Incident
Two last bits about the PBS Burns’ Episode 3.
The first is they talk about X-Ray for 16:14 and
Albany for: 28 seconds. That would be like covering
Gettysburg this way; July 1st for 10
minutes, July 2nd for 10 minutes and :30
seconds for July 3, 1863. The battle at Albany was
much more intense and more were killed than the
14-16 battle for X-Ray.
The other point is did anyone notice that someone
wasn’t mentioned at all in this episode about the Ia
Drang campaign? That says a lot right there don’t
Brian N. Siddall
September 21, 2017
September 10, 2016 Article
I have been trying to reach out to either
yourself or one of your associates. I have heard
from several sources that Joseph Galloway was
working in some
capacity with the Vietnam PBS special coming out in
Below is a quote from Galloway from Soldiers Army
"I have no idea what Hollywood might be
considering in the way of Vietnam War movies in the
near future. My focus over the last couple of years
has been on a Ken Burns production of a documentary
history of that war of our youth. Burns’ Florentine
Films is producing ten 2-hour episodes for that
documentary which will air in November 2017 on PBS.
I’ve been interviewed for the project and have
consulted with them.
Last fall we went to Mr. Burns’ home in New
Hampshire for a week, screening the “roughs” of
every episode. They were, simply put, magnificent. I
am confident that this documentary series on Vietnam
will live up to the very high standards of every
production Ken Burns has directed, beginning with
his breathtaking Civil War History in 1991".
If Galloway really is working with Ken Burns'
Production Company on this I would be shocked.
Joseph Galloway's Book "We Were Soldiers Once" is
Below are the links to the documentation showing
Galloway's fabrications. I find it hard to believe
that Ken Burns' Production Company did not due their
due diligence about Galloway's book and articles.
Attached below is documentation;
If Ken Burns' Production Company uses Galloway in
the Vietnam Production it would call into question
all of the work done by Ken Burns and PBS. With the
documentation provided above it clearly shows that
Galloway is a writer of fiction.
With the documentation provided above it clearly
shows that Galloway is a writer of fiction.
Here is a link to the two Plumley articles done
in October of 2015 as this is all part of the