Was he brainwashed in Vietnam? Maybe, he said. But no more so than he had been by American culture before he went to war.
50 Years of GI Resistance
This intergenerational conversation took place at the 2018 Veterans For Peace convention in St. Paul, Minnesota: Access this video on Vimeo.
Air force pilot Howard Morland’s exposure to the atrocities in Vietnam and extreme military training led him to question what the war was really about.
“I walked up into that plane … on both sides, there were no seats, but just hooks for the stretchers to be placed on,” recalled Mike Ferner, Navy Corpsman.
“I went to command and announced that I would not carry a weapon anymore and that I would not participate,” Agent Orange vet Ray Cage
“We came in sweeping through the valley killing absolutely everyone, no matter what age,” recalls Dennis Stout, who went on to report war crimes he witnessed in Vietnam.
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“I’d probably seen somewheres between 700 to 900 dead Vietnamese, most of whom were children or very young people. I was both shocked and sickened.”
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“We would certainly rather think ourselves heroes rather than murderers or dupes,” shares Vietnam Veteran Dr. Bica, former Marine Officer.
Gerry Condon, Veterans For Peace President, spoke out against the Vietnam War as a Green Beret, refused orders, and lived and organized six years in exile.
“When they tell stories to their children of the evil that awaits misbehavior, is it me they conjure?” Vietnam Veteran Bill Ehrhart, writer and poet.
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After serving two tours in Vietnam, Marine Scott Camil began speaking out and organizing with Vietnam Veterans Against the War. The FBI tired to kill him.