Vietnam vet turned activist reflects on war experience as a poet, writer

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W.D. Ehrhart teaches humanities at the Haverford School. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

W.D. Ehrhart teaches humanities at the Haverford School. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The new 10-part Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary series “The Vietnam War” premiered a few weeks ago, and — if you followed along — you may recall the story of Marine Sgt. W.D. Ehrhart who grew up outside Philadelphia in Perkasie.

Peppered in with dozens of other testimonials, the veteran reflects on his youth, enlistment, service, and life afterward.

Ehrhart, who now teaches humanities at the Haverford School, is a poet, writer, and Vietnam War scholar. I recently spoke with him between classes about his involvement in the documentary. I asked him how his gift as a writer helped him process his war experience.

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