How ‘Bloods’ Brought the Stories of Black Vietnam Veterans Out of the Darkness

Wallace Terry first came to Vietnam in the spring of 1967 as a writer for Time. Earlier that year he authored a cover story on Edward Brooke III, the first African American popularly elected to the Senate, and the newsmagazine had previously assigned him to the White House. Terry spent his 29th birthday overseas, reporting for six weeks on an article about the Black soldiers fighting in the war. The subject was particularly salient because Vietnam marked the first time during a major conflict that the U. S. armed forces’ battalions were racially integrated.

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