"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."
Michael Uhl led a combat intelligence team with the 11th Infantry Brigade in Vietnam during 1968-69. Afterwards, he helped expose the Phoenix Program.
Speaking out against the war, as an active-duty GI, would incur some risks. I might have to pay a price, but I had to do it because business as usual was not an option."
"We were holding demonstrations, and sometimes the demonstrations became very militant. Yet, the war kept on going."
"The My Lai Massacre hit the front pages.... I went and turned myself in to the Presidio stockade, and refused orders to Vietnam."
"Why didn’t I intervene and stop ... these guys from gang raping this 16-year-old villager? Why didn’t I stop that? I didn’t.”
"... and they asked my friend and I did we want to go to Chicago the next day for a Black Panther rally. That was the night I became a revolutionary."
"You know what Commander, I'm not going to be doing that ... I don't know if you've noticed it over here, but we're not the good guys," declared Lt. Gene Marx to his XO in Vietnam. "I wasn’t over there defending anybody’s
"There was a lot of guilt that I didn't have the courage to stand up on the day that we killed those people," explains Paul Cox. "But I decided I'm not gonna be quiet anymore. And I haven't been quiet since."
"It wasn't like I planned to be a resister or a troublemaker or anything of the sort," explains Randy Rowland, an organizer of the "Presidio 27 Mutiny."