Bigger than the Jan. 6 insurrection, the 1971 antiwar mobilization altered the course of the war and uplifted the nation.
50 Years of GI Resistance
In the 1960s, the military had been illegally spying on protesters until Christopher Pyle, a former Army intelligence officer, spoke out.
“Put more and more of the puzzle pieces together, and then you realize that you’ve got to bear witness,” Mike Hastie, Vietnam War medic.
“The only thing I’m proud of was my involvement with the anti-war movement,” Mike Turek, Vietnam Era Air Force.
Mike Tork joined the Navy before turning 18 and served in Vietnam with the Mobile Riverine Force (1966-1967).
Attorney Terence “Kayo” Hallinan died earlier this year. Fifty years ago, 17 Army prisoners accepted his free representation after the Presidio Mutiny.
“I wanted to show that an actual active duty GI in 1968 could do this, could take a very public stance against the war,” shares Vietnam War GI resister.
Was he brainwashed in Vietnam? Maybe, he said. But no more so than he had been by American culture before he went to war.
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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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