1964–75: 42,000 Native men and women serve in Vietnam
During the Vietnam War, more than 42,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives join the U.S. armed forces. Poor military record keeping may have undercounted the number. American Indians seek each other out and share dismay that stereotypes about Indians influence officers to send them out front during dangerous missions.
The Vietnam Memorial lists 248 American Indians and Alaska Natives killed in action.
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