Attorney Eric Seitz on defending war objectors, "Our efforts were better utilized representing people in the military who were beginning to stir."
On July 16, 2019, New Hampshire Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster announced her office’s participation in the Vietnam Veterans 50th Anniversary Pin Program to honor all Vietnam-era veterans for “valiantly serving our
First posted August 20, 2019 by author Steve Early on BeyondChron; reposted August 24 on Portside. by Steve Early Fifty years ago this fall, a campus upsurge turned opposition to the Vietnam War into a genuine mass movement. On
While on active duty, "We flew the plane and fliers over five military installations in the SF Bay Area," explained the former Army "Peace Nurse."
Dee Knight, who left the US to resist the Vietnam War from Canada, declares, "Don't be afraid. Follow your conscience."
"The fact that we were not shot encouraged us that this was not an unusual opinion ... that Vietnam was just a bad idea in so many ways."
"The vast majority of guys who were sent to Vietnam were sent against their will...coerced into the army and had a chip on our shoulders."
Suggested classes on GI and veteran resistance to the Vietnam War that can be incorporated into courses on social movements, political change and other topics.
Tens of thousands of active duty GIs opposed America’s war in Vietnam, marching, signing petitions, writing underground newspapers for their fellow soldiers, and refusing to fight, often at great personal sacrifice.
I said, "This is fucked up.” And he said, “You’re just having a little thing.” And I said, “No, it’s not okay.” I said, “We don’t belong here.”
On organizing with the American Serviceman's Union: "I thought, what could I be doing that's more effective than helping the GIs organize to stay out of this war."
Above: Draft-age Americans being counseled by Mark Satin (far left) at the Anti-Draft Programme office on Spadina Avenue in Toronto, August 1967. The front room was so crowded at the time that the counseling session here is
"Four of us from the same platoon deserted together, which is the ultimate military crime," shares Ward Reilly, US Army Vietnam era GI resister
"It's very hard for people to believe that their country would try to kill them," explains former National Guard member Zels Johnson.
"I told my command officer that I wasn't going to, I was refusing my orders to Vietnam ... In his rage, he thought if he court-martialed me, he'd have to stay in the Army past his discharge date."
The Shelter Half was located near Fort Lewis, WA, where US Army soldier Deni Leonard was stationed. The coffeehouse was a base for him and others trying to end the war in Vietnam.
By Bill Ramsey. Norman Mailer dubbed us “armies of the night.” But I retreated before sunset to what I thought would be safer ground as our our protesting “armies” lit camp fires outside the Pentagon.
From Colectivo Editorial Amor y Rabia A coulpe of years ago, we published (in spanish) in our magazine a monography about the GI Resistance against the war in Vietnam. It’s the translation of a german book
This post originally appeared at mnvietnam.com. David Cooley enlisted in the Navy as a jet engine mechanic and found himself having a direct role in supplying bombs for aircraft carriers. He was in country in 1972, one year after
On August 4, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson admitted there was no US losses in the Gulf of Tonkin incident in a televised speech that was also published in leading newspapers the following day. This speech is now hidden in