Vietnam And The Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War was probably one the most infamous war in the history of the United States. Vietnam was divided into North and South Vietnam as a result of the Indochina War. North Vietnam belonged to the Communists and its allies after World War II and South Vietnam belonged to the anti-Communist supporters and their allies (the U.S was one of South Vietnam’s allies). It all started as an effort by America to keep South Vietnam away from Communism. Americans feared that if South Vietnam adapted and accepted Communism like North Vietnam did, then the rest of the world would gradually do the same. This was much commonly known as the domino theory. America was afraid that Communism would spread and expand all over South Asia and eventually…show more content…
Keeno did not seem hesitant to speak much about his horrific experiences during the Vietnam War, and therefore I was able to uncover a lot of interesting facts and stories related to his time spent in Vietnam. Many people have learned that during times of war, a country comes together as one, and the patriotism amongst the people of the nation creates a unity that serves as a defense against the enemy. However, this was not the case for the Vietnam War. In fact, most of the American people were not even aware that their soldiers were in Vietnam, and the people who did actually know did not support the war. American soldiers such as Mr. Keeno who were sent to South Vietnam to fight the war were very unhappy to be there. Mr. Keeno stated how a lot of African American men like himself were enlisted in the war to take place of the whites because the “whites were more privileged than the blacks, and the blacks filled up spaces in the army for the whites so that the whites could stay home with their families away from danger”. Many African American soldiers like Mr. Keeno were discouraged after realizing how the opportunity of being treated as an equal was once again disregarded. However, it did not stop the African American men from fighting for their country. Soldiers faced a really tough time in combat from things such as illnesses, diseases and hatred. According to Mr. Keeno, it was “as if the United States military forced the soldiers to hate their own lives”
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