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Life After Vietnam
First broadcast October 2007

US soldier in Vietnam
Since Lance Corporal Michael Baronowski was killed in action with the US Marines in Vietnam in November 1966, his sister Lorraine, his brother Alexander and his comrades Tim and Ray have carried their own memories of him and their own grief at his death.

But an extraordinary collection of humorous tapes made by Lance Corporal Baronowski - recordings made in the field and sent home for family and friends - has been discovered, and it paints a vivid picture of the last months of this young soldier's life.

It is a picture that's come to speak for soldiers in all conflicts.

The world of hurt

For those who survived Lance Corporal Baronowski, there have been over 40 years of what veterans call 'the world of hurt'.

But with the passage of time and with the opportunity presented by the BBC's interest in these recordings, one soldier's family and comrades have come together to find comfort in their shared loss.

In this special programme introduced from the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Washington , the BBC World Service tells the stories of those who have fought for their country.

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