The Vietnam War saw the highest proportion of African Americans ever to serve in an American war.
Washington – The Vietnam War saw the highest proportion of African Americans ever to serve in an American war. During the height of the U.S. involvement (1965-69), African Americans, who formed 11 percent of the American population, made up 12.6 percent of the soldiers in Vietnam.
The Vietnam Veteran Memorial Fund’s (VVMF) mission to honor these heroes is continuing with the National Call for Photos, a movement to collect photos of the more than 58,272 service-members inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, DC. When collected, all photos will be displayed at The Education Center at The Wall.
VVMF has collected more than 30,000 pictures to date, including photos of 1,833 African Americans. The push is on to gather the remaining 5,429 photos necessary to honor the African American heroes at The Education Center.
“African Americans suffered greatly and sacrificed their futures in the Vietnam War,” said Jan C. Scruggs, Founder and President of VVMF. “The Education Center will allow Americans to put faces with the names of brave men and women who lost their lives, fostering appreciation and respect for generations to come.”
Digitals can be uploaded at http://vvmf.org/submit_other
Mail copies ( 8 x 10, if possible) to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Attn.: Call for Photos, 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW Suite 104, Washington, D.C. 20037.