I just finished the three part Vietnam War in HD. I highly recommend it. It is a great study in bad leadership and the damage it can do to a country.
The new doc, or a remastered Time/Life? The Cronkite Time/Life is the only one I've ever seen all the way through.
EDIT: Never mind. Just found it online. The Michael C. Hall narrated one, right? Just watched the Ia Drang valley episode. Holy shit. Nothing makes me wish for a draft more than watching a documentary about 'Nam. With a draft, these endless wars in the middle east would be long over by now....
Yeah, that's the one.
I agree with you on the draft. It ended shortly after I became eligible. They were running a lottery at the time too, they'd draft in ascending order. My number was 18 and I thought I had a 50/50 chance of being drafted.
I grew up watching viet nam on the nightly news and having the beejeezus scared out me me thinking when I grew up I was going to have to go to viet nam. I was pretty sure the war was never going to end. It had gone on for years and when your 10 years old, a few years is forever.
I thought that I would not be able to afford college at the time either so I figured I'd avoid getting drafted and join the air force with a couple of friends from high school. Didn't work out that way for me, but it did for both of them.
Fortunately, the draft ended.