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Truax Field 1965 from the inside

I was in the Air Force and stationed at Truax Field from 1964 to 1966 and remember the protests at the front gate to the base. I remember they issued us rifles for the protests, but did not issue us any ammunition.

We weren't fighters in the same way the Army and Marines were. We were truck drivers, mechanics warehouseman etc.. We were never assigned a specific weapon to care for and because of our lack of regular training in the use of firearms, we were only allowed to hold them for special occasions, such as anti-war protests.

If I recall correctly, at least one of the protests was held in an attempt to arrest our base commander for war crimes for his role in bombing the Vietnamese.

I went on to spend 1966-1967 in northern Thailand. During that year military personnel were becoming more radicalized and by the time I came back to the states and the Summer of Love in San Francisco, I was already talking with other vets about becoming organized. those initial discussions were taking place all over America and morphed into the Vietnam Vets Against the War.

I retain my radicalism to this day and maintain my pacifist ideals and politically progressive bent.

Grace and Peace to you and your families

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