Attorney Terence “Kayo” Hallinan died earlier this year. Fifty years ago, 17 Army prisoners accepted his free representation after the Presidio Mutiny.
50 Years of GI Resistance
Podcast: “Based on nothing but a stack of lies” – Greg Laxer
“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.
Podcast: “Everything we could think of to screw with the system” – Ray Parrish
“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.”
Podcast: “Not something you go home and be proud of” – John Ketwig
“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.”
New GI and Veteran Resistance Curriculum from Notre Dame
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.
Waging Peace in Vietnam: A Story We Need to Tell
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.
Podcast: “I’ll be so glad when you go home” – Michael Dempsey
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.”
Podcast: “The right not to fight an illegal war” – John Catalinotto
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.”
Safe Return: A Vietnam Veteran’s Involvement in the 1970s Amnesty Movement
Above: Draft-age Americans being counseled by Mark Satin (far left) at the Anti-Draft Programme office on Spadina...
Podcast: “Intentionally trying to disrupt the machine” – Ward Reilly
“Four of us from the same platoon desert[ed] together, which is the ultimate military crime,” shares Ward Reilly, US Army Vietnam era GI resister
Podcast: “I refuse to be [used] against people who dissent” – Zels Johnson
“It’s very hard for people to believe that their country would try to kill them,” explains former National Guard member Zels Johnson.
Podcast: “There were US anti-war soldiers all over the world” – Hal Muskat
“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 Trip to the Shelter Half Coffee House
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.
Launched for a Lifetime
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.