Introduction; Private First Class Reginald Edwards; Specialist 5 Harold Bryant
• In 1967, Wallace Terry, a TIME magazine reporter, is assigned to Vietnam to write about the role black soldiers are playing in the war.
• During this time, black soldiers were changing, draftees were coming to Vietnam directly from the civil rights movement in the U.S.
• The new soldiers would not tolerate discrimination and want unity among the black soldiers.
• They call themselves "bloods."
• Reginald, also called Malik, is trained in guerrilla warfare and can shoot the head off a snake, but misses an old man.
• Malik is frequently in trouble, and is put on point as a punishment.
• The Viet Cong position themselves to make the Bravo company look like the enemy, and Malik's outfit shoots forty Bravo company soldiers.
• Malik re-enlists and has plenty of time to think in his new assignment illustrating training aids.
• Malik becomes more...
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