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McKinley Nolan

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"Enemy Asserts G.I. Joined Viet Cong." New York Times, March 17, 1968, p. 2.

According to the Vietcong's press agency, a United States Army sargeant deserted to the Vietcong after repeated requests to United States officials to return to the United States were ignored. In fact, the sargeant was punished for his requests. The soldier, McKinley Nolan, an African-American, also was reported to include a letter addressed to African-American veterans in Vietnam to "oppose the dirty war of aggression" by the same government that was "repressing Negroes" at home. A New York Times article dating nearly five years later seems to confirm that McKinley Nolan did indeed support Hanoi. See the next entry.

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