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Black Soldiers

February 07, 1988

Cheers to Korean War veteran David Carlisle who is trying to persuade the Army to correct a biased account of the Korean War in terms of black soldiers ("Korea War Vet Aims to Correct a Biased History," by Harry Summers Jr., Opinion, Jan. 17). As Carlisle expresses, the victory of the 24th Infantry Regiment, composed mostly of black soldiers, was the first sizeable victory in the Korean War. The Army, however, dismissed it as insignificant and didn't publish it. He believes this was based on racism "pure and simple."

I believe America is entitled to a full and accurate account of historical events. Without this how can a person gain an informed opinion? People base decisions on the past and without an unbiased presentation of the facts the saying "history repeats itself" becomes true. We as American citizens don't deserve to be trapped by an account which is irrationally based on negative attitudes towards another race. This becomes "his story" and not "history."

DAVID CAPOCCI

Cucamonga

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