Nicky Venditti, a small-town American kid with a love of fast cars and practical jokes, came home in a coffin from Vietnam in the summer of 1969, cut down in combat, so the family story went, after just a few days in the war zone at Chu Lai.
Twenty-five years later, his cousin, David Venditta, Morning Call editor and reporter, and author of the popular “War Stories: In Their Own Words” series, discovered he did not die at the hands of the enemy. Find out what happened, how the Army mishandled the investigation, and the effects on the family and friends of Venditti and the two other soldiers who died with him.
Program is free with museum admission.
Copies of David’s book Tragedy at Chu Lai: Reconstructing a Deadly Grenade Accident in a U.S. Army Classroom in Vietnam, July 10, 1969 will be available to purchase for $20 each.