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Friday, 23 November 2012
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY: BLACK PEOPLE IN THE VIETNAM WAR : WE WERE THEIR :
The Vietnam War saw the highest proportion of Black ever to serve in an American war. During the height of the U.S. involvement 1965 - 1969 Blacks who formed eleven percent of the American population made up 12,6 percent of the soldiers in Vietnam. Majority of them were in the infantry. The percentage of Black combat fatalities in that period was a staggering 14.9 percent a proportion that subsequently declined. Volunteers and Draftees including many frustrated Blacks whose impatience with the war and the delays in racial progress in America led to race riots on a number of ships and military bases, beginning in 1968 and the Services response in creating interracial councils and racial sensitive training.