7 Myths You Probably Believe About the Vietnam War
Myth #3: Most Soldiers Were Uneducated, Black and Drafted
In fact, 2/3 of the men who served in Vietnam were volunteers – the same proportion as in World War II. 86 percent were white, 12.5 percent black and 1.2 percent other races – about the same proportions of America’s population at that time. Vietnam soldiers were the best educated forces our nation had ever sent into combat – 79 percent had a high school education or better.
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