“We didn’t renounce our constitutional rights simply because we were soldiers” – Andrew Pulley, “Fort Jackson 8” anti-war GI defendant.
“Why would I want to blow a hole the size of a grapefruit into someone, just because somebody said, ‘Hey, that’s your enemy””?
“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 freedom.”
“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.”