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African Americans in the Armed Forces
James Westheider, Samuel Black, Michael Flournoy, Ronal Bassham, Christopher Moore
The army that served in Vietnam was one of the most racially diverse America had ever fielded. But though the U.S. military was highly integrated, the charged racial politics of the home front often seeped onto the battlefield. Through personal narratives and expert comment, we explore what it meant to be a person of color fighting in the American forces.
Indigenous Experiences of War
Herman Viola, Harvey Pratt, Carlos Messer, Rong Nay, Larry Murley, Sun H.
For the indigenous peoples of America and Vietnam, participation in the Vietnam War was often complicated. In the highlands of Vietnam, the indigenous Degas or Montagnards fought alongside American soldiers, but were abandoned when the war ended. Plus, we hear the testimony of a Native American veteran who fought for the U.S. on foreign soil.
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In Part 3: African Americans in the Armed Forces, Mike Flournoy talks about joining CORE and attending Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Alabama. Huntsville African American History Project has created a YouTube channel called “Voices of HAAHP” with samples from our digital oral history collection, including Ivy Joe Milan: Pipeline to Vietnam: “I got into a lot of trouble, you know. Matter of fact, when I went in the Army, I was in trouble. I was headed to prison or either to Vietnam.”
I thank you for doing this show. I never thought I would hear anything approach this level of truth on the radio. I would argue it was even more so than you told. I am so glad some of the truth is finally being told.
I was a corpsman (medic) and I am an old white guy, but I saw and know the truth of what you are telling
I was a producer/editor on this episode, and I just want to thank you for listening and for your comment. It’s always good to hear we’re doing our jobs right, and I’m so glad it had an impact on you.