This article originally appeared at myleftblogosphere.wordpress.com Rep. Barbara Lee has introduced a House Resolution (H.Res.695) recognizing the Vietnam anti-war movement as, “one of the largest and most prolonged efforts to
Toward an honest commemoration of the American War in Vietnam
The Full Disclosure campaign is a Veterans For Peace effort to speak truth to power and keep alive the antiwar perspective on the American war in Viet Nam — which is now approaching a series of 50th anniversary events. It represents a clear alternative to the Pentagon’s current efforts to sanitize and mythologize the Vietnam war and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars.
GI Press Service reports that “in an effort to stifle dissent in Armed Services, draft boards ordered to defer any person working for an underground newspaper.”
Thirty-five GIs are granted sanctuary in Hawaii for a month.
GIs for Peace is founded in Fort Bliss, Texas.
August 4 Henry Kissinger conducts his first secret meeting in Paris with representatives from Hanoi including Xuân Thủy.
August 6 Supreme Court Justice William Douglas orders Howard Levy be released on $1,000 bond. [Levy was charged with promoting “disloyalty and disaffection” among soldiers at Ft. Jackson for protesting the war by refusing to teach. See chronology entries for December 28, 1966, May10-June 2, 1967.]
August 9 At Fort Dix, New Jersey, Spec/4 Hal Muskat is sentenced to seven months at hard labor for distributing an antiwar newspaper and for “contemptuous utterings to the court.”
August 12 The NLF begins a new offensive attacking 150 targets throughout South Vietnam.
August 15-18 The Woodstock Festival (billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”) is held at Max Yasgur‘s farm in Bethel, New York. During the rainy weekend, 32 acts performed outdoors before an audience of 400,000 people.
August 25, 1969 Company A of the 3rd Battalion, the 196th Light Brigade, refuse to advance further into the Song Chang Valley of VietNam after five days of heavy casualties; their number having been reduced from 150 to 60. This is one of countless mutinies that took place in VietNam.
2016 National Book Award Finalist, Viet Thanh Nguyen:
“All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory . . . . Memory is haunted, not just by ghostly others but by the horrors we have done, seen, and condoned, or by the unspeakable things from which we have profited.”