Air War Over North Vietnam: The Vietnamese People's Air by Istvan Toperczer, Don Greer, Ernesto Cumpian, David W. Smith

By Istvan Toperczer, Don Greer, Ernesto Cumpian, David W. Smith

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I think there’s a little bit of political problems on the draft board in Plainview. My father had been involved in a lawsuit with one of the guys on the draft board and I honestly think that he decided, ‘Ah . . I’ll get back at him. ’”13 Soon after, he received his draft notice. Many stories reflect such twists of fate. The draft often proved to be arbitrary, driven by factors such as class, race, religion, and political connections. While most Americans in the early 1960s supported the draft, by the end of the decade, opposition mounted.

Few educators anywhere would have even discussed, much less looked at in depth, the culture of dissent as represented by scholars such as Charles Beard, William Appleman Williams, Howard Zinn, and Noam Chomsky. Teachers typically taught consensus history that rarely questioned American intentions or actions, especially those of its leaders, and painted the world in black and white, with the Soviets and their allies as the villains. As one veteran noted, “Our teachers told us that we were fighting communism and that was the thing we had to do.

Once completed, the recruits transferred to basic training. During the Vietnam War, the language course became a casualty of war as the Johnny Get Your Gun 31 need for recruits intensified and lower standards, partly established under Project 100,000, pushed more Puerto Ricans into the service without proper language skills. Finally, in 1970, a Puerto Rican recruit, Carlos Rivera-Toledo, won a case that found that the Army had not provided adequate training, specifically English language skills.

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