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This is the story of my eldest brother James Austin McDowell, who died in Saigon, Vietnam in 1972 when I was 5 and he was 24. I am the youngest of six children and my oldest brother Jim was 19 years older than me. He had served his duty in the army and had returned to VN as a civilian journalist and died unexpectedly and mysteriously a year after he returned there. My family did very little research at the time about his life and death in Vietnam. For this film I am interviewing every close friend he had (nearly all of whom are still alive) and plan on retracing his steps in Vietnam. I have about 20 hours of stateside interviews but am currently raising money now via Fractured Atlas for a major trip Vietnam and to US destinations.


James Austin McDowell, a set on Flickr.


One Comment
  1. What an important story that needs to be unraveled & told. May you find all the pieces of his good life… thank you for letting us be a part of your family journey. xoxo – Norma D

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