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Radicalization in 1960s Madison, Wisconsin

I was stationed at Truax AFB during the early 60's and I was on the other side of the fence across from the U of W protesters. Back then Air Force personnel were not issued weapons. They were stored in the armory and distributed as needed. In preparing for U of W protest we were issued weapons (M-1 carbines), but no ammunition. We stood at the base entrance mute and non-responsive. Nothing dramatic happened and after a short while the students dispersed. I didn't realize it at the time, but in 2 short years (one year in Thailand in a support role for the war in Vietnam War) I would be on the other side of the barricade as a Vietnam Veteran Against the War.

I began protesting the war during my tour of duty in Thailand and was lucky to get an honorable discharge after spending 4 years in the reactive Air Force.

I was discharged from the Air Force at Travis AFB in San Francisco in Sept., 1967, near the end of the Summer of Love, But, that's another story!

I am now 72 years old and have spent my life working on progressive issues/causes. As and old revolutionary, I am buoyed by the fact that many young people are answering the call and taking to the streets. I hope its not too late!

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