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Cassius Clay inducted into US Army by Steve Payne

Author says: what if Muhammad Ali created a rumble in the jungle in Vietnam? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

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. Watch The Politics of Muhammad Ali

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.

Author says please note that content was substantially repurposed from the source article on Wikipedia. To view guest historian's comments on this post please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

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