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Interview With Phillip Key, 1981 [electronic resource]

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Vietnam Veteran Brother Phillip Key discusses being drafted and serving twenty-one months in Vietnam. Key recalls his first impressions of landing in Vietnam, and mentions the distinct smell, the fear, and the changes he saw his platoon go through as the plane landed amidst attack. Key describes a normal day and the juxtaposition of being black in Vietnam and the civil rights movement at home. He talks about forming a black identity while in Vietnam and beginning to question why he was there, forming stronger feelings that the war was unjust. Key also remembers the widespread availability of drugs in Vietnam and the infighting that occurred within the units.
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1983
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Interview With Ralph C. Thomas III, 1981 [electronic resource]

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Ralph Thomas discusses his experience as an African-American soldier serving in Vietnam. Against a backdrop of racial polarization among American troops, he describes an emerging Black consciousness and a strong camaraderie among Black soldiers that crossed rank. He also describes the daily lives of soldiers. Finally, he recalls how Black soldiers came to identify with the Vietnamese people, becoming increasingly politicized against the War.
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1983