Black And White In Vietnam

True, black and white soldiers formed close bonds of friendship in Vietnam, especially on the front lines.
A 1970 Army study of the 197th Infantry Brigade reported that black soldiers frequently complained that “white NCOs always put black soldiers on the dirtiest details.”Despite accounting for 8.3 percent of the total troops in Vietnam, African-Americans represented only 2 percent of the officer corps.
In May 1968, the journalist Donald Mosby traveled to Vietnam, where he spoke to a number of black soldiers about King’s assassination.
While McGee was right to highlight black and white friendships as an important element of the soldiers’ experience in Vietnam, it was far from the whole story.
When news of King’s death reached Vietnam, there were numerous reports of white soldiers hanging Confederate battle flags outside their barracks in celebration.

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