It Was My Duty to Serve: Latinos & Vietnam
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More than 80,000 Latinos fought in the Vietnam War, and nearly half a million fought in World War II. Yet the voice of U.S. Latinos, and in particular Latino veterans and community activists, is often left out of the broader American narrative of what it means to serve one’s country. 

Use the following video and educator guide to explore the reasons why so many Latinos enlisted in the armed forces before, during, and after the Vietnam War. Students will get an up-close look at a pivotal time in America’s history and learn more about the contributions of Latino Americans to the Vietnam War. This module shows what military service means to Latinos who have experienced multiple generations of discrimination and barriers to full citizenship, and also reflects on how our society recognizes military service and the sacrifices war veterans have made.