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.
50 Years of GI Resistance
“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 met the enemy, guess who it was? It was me. And it’s always true. And that saved me. That has really saved me.”
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...
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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.”