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21 April 2007

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Blair

The documentary doesn't exclude Hispanic Americans. The footage shows Hispanic Americans soldiers fighting alongside soldiers from other ethnic groups. During WW II, Hispanic Americans soldiers fought as members of regular combat units, where they served both as officers and enlisted soldiers. The controversy is over whether Hispanic American soldiers should be allotted the same treatment given African American and Japanese American soldiers, who fought in segregated units.

I think Ken Burns' decision to incorporate interviews with Hispanic American soldiers in the interview segments of the documentary is a good one. However, if propotional representation is the goal, Hsipanic Americans should make up no more than two percent of veterans interviewed. This is accepting the estimate that 500,000 or the 20 million soldiers who served during World War II were Hispanic Americans.

Richard Steen

It should be expected that someone should protest about the historical under-mention of not only Hispanic and Indian contributions to the military effort – but also, most blatantly the Africans, who were imported specifically, to build and develop this country.

The grade school historical mention of the black people is generally limited to “…the Africans were imported to do the work that the indigenous ethnics could not or would not do, sometimes under lash…”. We are now were told a little about Crispus Attucks, the 54th Massachusetts, the Buffalo Soldiers and the Tuskegee Airmen.

My personal family military history includes a great uncle Buffalo Soldier during the Indian wars. My dad, who saw service WWII, Korea & Viet Nam, a nephew Marine returned from Iraq, my 4 year USAF and numerous family members who worked in military related industries, federal service and support positions.

Latino and indigenous family history are not much different from mine and I (and you) understand exactly how they feel. It is understandable that Hispanics and indigenous people really yearn to see people that look like them (and us) represented in film doing positive things.

John Wayne really was not the only guy there.

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