Captain Shatner wrote:
Was the red shirt mortality rate high on all Federation vessels on the day, or was Kirk just incompetent?
examination of the historical documents shows that the Captains of the Intrepid, Exeter and Constellation lost ALL of their redshirts.
Not to mention all of their red tunics, blue-garbed crew, and yellow/green-garbed crew!
This reminds me of the time when my local Star Trek club decided to design our own dress uniforms. We went to the fabric store, and the salesclerk kept showing us red-colored cloth. She thought we were crazy when we kept telling her, "NO!!! NOT RED! ANYTHING
BUT RED! PEOPLE WHO WEAR RED ALWAYS END UP GETTING KILLED