The vietnam war saw the highest proportion of blacks ever to serve in an american war during the height of the us involvement, 1965-69, blacks, who formed 11 percent of the american population, made up 126 percent of the soldiers in vietnam. Vietnam online: in a landmark pbs series and an award-winning companion web site, american experience presents an exhaustive look at the vietnam war: the people, the places, the issues, and the. Experience an array of symptoms and reactions during the transition back to their homes and civilian life caused by psychobiological reactions to extreme stress, these are normal, expected responses to soldiers. Back in 1989, in order to receive disability benefits, the veterans administration asked me to write up what i remembered of my vietnam war experiences.
We sent a writer out to vietnam to speak with nguyen hoa giai he fought as a viet cong from the late 1950s to the end of the war in the mid-'70s during more. During the chaotic final weeks of the vietnam war, the north vietnamese army closes in on saigon as the panicked south vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape on the ground, american soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey white house orders to evacuate us citizens only-or to risk treason and save. Drugs and alcohol played a major role in the lives of the american soldiers during the vietnam war in the beginning of the war, marijuana was the main drug of choice however, news that american soldiers were using drugs came back to the us, which resulted in immediate action by the military to suppress drugs, especially marijuana.
The strategies that worked during world war 2 clearly didn't work in the jungle covered, rice field filled vietnam the constant heat and jungle conditions made everyday life even worse for the soldiers. Black soldiers were nothing new in the american military, but vietnam was the first major conflict in which they were fully integrated, and the first conflict after the civil rights revolution of. For nearly a decade, american combat soldiers fought in south vietnam to help sustain an independent, noncommunist nation in southeast asia after us troops departed in 1973, the collapse of south vietnam in 1975 prompted a lasting search to explain the united states' first lost war. This section is intended to give you a glimpse into the memories of a cav grunt medic in vietnam soldiers in infantry units were referred to as being grunts.
During the vietnam war era, the united states and other democratic and free nations were fearful of communism spreading to more parts of the world they fought two world wars to protect freedom, and to contain the communist movements. There was a marked turnaround from the attitude in previous wars that black men were not fit for combat - during the vietnam war african-americans faced a much greater chance of being on the front. Soldiers on both sides faced many difficulties and challenges during the vietnam war - including climate, terrain, the complex political situation and unclear military objectives 2 some viet cong soldiers were uniformed and highly trained, however, most were volunteers and reservist farmers who received only occasional training, if any at all.
The vietnam war, as seen by the victors soldiers convene in the jungle along the ho chi minh trail in when i talk to hanoi residents about their experiences during the war, they. In an article in the new york times magazine on march 24, 1968, reporter sol stern observed, in vietnam between 1961 and 1964, negroes accounted for more than 20 percent of army fatalities, even though they represented only 126 percent of army personnel in vietnam and even less in the general us population. What were some of the australian soldiers experiences during the vietnam war 2 educator answers explain the impact of the vietnam war on the soldiers who fought in it. American soldiers watching helicopters landing as part of operation pershing in south vietnam in 1967creditcreditpatrick christain/getty images in the early spring of 1967, i was in the middle of.
With ptsd in soldiers, the sufferer will often recall and re-experience the specific trauma of war, perhaps when they dream, or even when they think or close their eyes hallucinations are not uncommon either, with soldiers feeling as if they are back in the traumatic war environment during sleep, when drunk or on drugs and even during normal. Soldiers could also comfort themselves with the knowledge of the inefficiency of most first world war weaponry men often resorted to black or gallows humour, as well as a bitter fatalism and superstition, as a means of dealing with everyday reality doses of rum may also have played their part in steadying nerves. What conditions, hardships, experiences were faced by soldiers during the vietnam war it was a terrible experience.
The vietnam war was the longest conflict ever involving australian military troops approximately 60,000 australian soldiers served between 1962-1975 casualties numbered more than 3500, including. In vietnam, our soldiers fought a battle every three weeks (post traumatic stress disorder) there is an obvious significant difference in these numbers soldiers were constantly on their guard, but even that didn't warn them for the battle at xray. The tunnel rats were american, australian, and new zealand soldiers who performed underground search and destroy missions during the vietnam war later, similar teams were used by the soviet army during the soviet-afghan war and by the israel defense forces in campaigns in the middle east.