VIETNAM

VIETNAM
1959 - 1975

 

42,000 Indians served in vietnam . 92% were voluntary.

 

Vietnam was the war that the Indian stereotype was the strongest . The Indians were always seen as slightly better than the other soldiers , sometimes as great soldiers.

 

It was common that the Indians are at the top of the columns of soldiers. When he asked the reason was their superior, the answer was always the same : you are an Indian , you have a view and a top at our hearing .

The greatest strength of the Indians in this war was their spiritual side . Indian legal ceremonies were back in the United States. For the sun dance , the Indian should fast for three days. Many veterans recognize that usually do not drink for three days for the ceremonies were very helpful in an arid and dry jungle.

 

The visions were also common . Carson Walks Over Ice later recalled how in the jungle he heard a voice telling him to take cover . He lay down and spotted a gun , then a second . He managed to kill the servants of the two guns. When he stood up , he sought the origin of the voice, but he was alone : '' My unit had lost sight of me for a long time and I was completely alone. I put nearly two hours to find my brothers d'Armes, I still do not know where the voice was coming .'' Carson Walks Over Ice also acknowledges scalping an enemy soldier in the tradition Crow . White looked at him with horror and consider this act as barbaric , but Walks Over Ice pointed out that some of them cut the ears as a trophy scalp and that was the type of trophy. He cleansed the scalp with sweetgrass and tobacco and kept until it is sent to Japan because of injury.

Indian traditions back to life in the jungles of Vietnam . Because of enemy snipers , soldiers avoided wear badges or ranks. Many Indians were in the habit of carrying one or more feathers hang helmets, it facilitated the task of the other soldiers to recognize the heart of the battles .

 

The presence of many Indians also allowed for easier communications . In the jungle, the silence is a valuable but difficult to transmit orders under these conditions element. Many reports indicate that Indian soldiers communicated with each other through sign language . The method was also maintain and improve by American staffs and is still used by special forces .

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Return to countries in the Indian soldiers were less painful than that of whites. Although Indian soldiers also experience mental disorders had the horrors of this war, they could count on the respect of their people reserve their return. There were many ceremonies'' return'' warrior through the reserves mixed spiritual sessions with shamans and warriors dancing and honorary. Indian soldiers returned less morally wounded of this war in a country where the population was against the war.

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It is interesting to note that the first American death in this war is a young Navajo and the greatest medalist of this war was Billy Walkabout who earn 18 medals.

 

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