- n. Plural form of fragging.
“Reported "fraggings" - assassination attempts - against unpopular officers or NCOs had risen from 126 in 1969 to 333 in 1971, despite declining troop strength in Vietnam.”
“The Army alone reported 551 "fraggings" from 1969-1972, with 86 dead and 700 injured.”
“It is argued that there was only a collapse of civilian support for the war, caused by the liberal press, producing popular disaffection both at home and inside the conscript army, with a breakdown of military discipline, "fraggings" (murders) of aggressive combat leaders, and demoralization in the ranks.”
“Rank lost one privilege that night to our perpetual rage, the kind that would lead a few years later to so many fraggings in Nam.”
“In 1969-70 alone, there were more than 550 fraggings by soldiers, according to one authoritative historian of the Vietnam War.”
“Army does not have exact statistics on how many officers were killed in Vietnam in this manner, but in December 1972, the Defense Department acknowledged between 800 and 1,000 actual or suspected fraggings.”
“These numbers include only fraggings with grenades, the weapon of choice since they left no fingerprints.”
“Congressional hearings on fraggings held in 1973 estimated that roughly 3% of officer and non-com deaths in Vietnam between 1961 and 1972 were a result of fraggings.”
“The Pentagon has now disclosed that fraggings in 1970 (209 killings) have more than doubled those of the previous year (96 killings).”
“And fraggings, let me tell you, did not begin or end in Vietnam.”
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