Airing: July 21, 2018

Coming Up: Fighting on Two Fronts

Marine Staff Sgt. Percy J. Price leads his platoon on an operation in Da Nang, Vietnam in 1967. In 1960, Price defeated famed boxer Muhammad Ali, then-Cassius Clay, in the 1960 Olympic trials. A career Marine, Price remained in the Marine Corps instead of pursuing a professional boxing career. He went on to complete two tours in Vietnam. Marine Corps photo

African Americans who fought for their country in Vietnam often experienced in the ranks the racism their families endured back home.  While white and black soldiers were unified in battle, that bond broke down back in camp. Plus: Native Americans fought in Vietnam in greater numbers relative to their population than any other group. We hear testimony of Native Americans who fought for the U.S. on foreign soil.

Later in the show: In the highlands of Vietnam, the indigenous Montagnards fought alongside American soldiers who admired their skill and loyalty. But when Saigon fell, most of them were left behind. Where are the Montagnards today, and what can we learn from their history?

This series was made possible by a major grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. For more information about the NEH and its programming, visit www.NEH.gov.
Special thanks to Wesley Abney, William “Bogie” Holland, Eric Fox, Ron Ritter, and Newport News Shipbuilding for their support in making this series.

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