The U.S. Department of Defense reports that the percentage of Black soldiers killed in the vietnam war is declining.
1970 (Aug 1)
The U.S. Department of Defense reported that the percentage of Black soldiers killed in Vietnam had declined substantially during the first three months in 1970. The Pentagon report said that, for the first time, the percentage of Black soldiers killed in action in Southeast Asia had fallen below the percentage of Blacks among the American forces there. The government's data showed that as of March 31, 1970, Blacks serving in Indo-China represented about 10 percent of the total American military presence in the area. During the same three months, black fatalities accounted for 8.5 percent of the combat deaths there. This was a drop from 9.5 percent in 1969. The Defense Department cited no specific effort in decreasing the casualty rates among Black servicemen in Vietnam.