Cassius Clay inducted into US
Army by Steve Payne
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On April 27th, 1967:
on this day Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was drafted into the United
States Army at the military induction center in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Three years before, his writing and spelling skills had
been considered below par, resulting in a failure to pass the Armed Forces
qualifying test. But when those tests were later revised in early 1966, a
reclassified score of 1A meant that he was now eligible for the draft.
Following two tours of duty in Vietnam, he was awarded the Congressional
Medal of Honour for outstanding bravery in combat. But shortly after his
return to the United States, he was refused service at a "whites-only"
restaurant after being told they did not serve black men. Having responded
that he did not intend to eat one, he ending up fighting with a white gang
and later that evening threw his medal into the Ohio River.
Shortly after this incident, he joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War
where he formed a relationship with another angry young man by the name of
John Forbes Kerry who had also thrown his medals away in disgust. Invited to
speak in front of the Fulbright Hearing held by the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, both Clay and Kerry would make a number of controversial
statements that would cause immense problems for the Westmoreland White
House as it sought to win the peace in Vietnam.
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