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"Negro Share of Battle Deaths Has Declined Slightly to 13.7%." New York Times, October 13, 1968, p. 18.

This article reports on the percentages of African-Americans killed in Vietnam to the total number of deaths in the conflict as well as the percentage of African-Americans serving in the armed forces to the number of armed forces as a whole. The Pentagon began keeping these statistics "after some Negro leaders charged that Negro servicemen were bearing a heavier share of the fighting role proportionately." The percentage of African-Americans killed from 1961 to June of 1968 declined .4% from what was reported to the end of 1967. The percentage of African-Americans in the armed forces increased slightly by .7% during the same time periods.

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