Sounds like those who served in Vietnam were a pretty good cross-section, although blacks were underrepresented.<quoted text>
76% Of the men sent to Vietnam were from lower middle/working class backgrounds
Three fourths had family incomes above the poverty level; 50% were from middle income backgrounds..
Some 23% Of Vietnam Vets had fathers with proffessional, managerial, or technical occupations.
88.4% Of the men who actually served in Vietnam were Caucasian; 10.6%(275,000) were Black; 1% belonged to other races.
86.3% Of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasian (Includes Hispanics); 12.5%(7,241) Were Black; 1.2% Belonged to other races.
170,000 Hispanics served in Vietnam; 3,070 (5.2% Of total) died there.
70% Of enlisted men killed were of Northwest European Descent.
86.8% Of the men who were killed as a result of hostile action were Caucasian; 12.1%(5,711) Were Black; 1.1% Belonged to other races.
14.6%(1,530) Of Non-Combat deaths were among Blacks.
34% OF Blacks who enlisted volunteered for the combat arms.
Overall , Blacks suffered 12.5% of the deaths in Vietnam at a time when the % of Blacks of military age was 13.5% of the total population.
as far as politicians serving, nothing but anecdotal but it is interesting.
BTW I was nearing draft age towards the end of the war, had had friends who were drafted and friends who avoided the draft throught the National Guard. The only friends I had that got in the guard were because of Daddy's connections
Anecdotal observations are worthless.