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Bronx, NY

#1 Jan 10, 2012
Fort Hood was the training center for Vietnam bound soldiers back in 1966.
Retired 1SG

Belton, TX

#2 Jan 10, 2012
Yes it was. Thanks for the history lesson.

Brunswick, ME

#3 Dec 7, 2013
Retired 1SG wrote:
Yes it was. Thanks for the history lesson.
Loved it! This sounds like something our Top,(Clifton MacAllister) would say.
Smokin Joe

Ronkonkoma, NY

#4 Jul 4, 2014
1966 - The resistance begins
The years 1966 and 1967 saw the first acts of resistance among GIs. Given the general passivity within the ranks and the tight control exercised by the brass, these first acts required a clear willingness for self-sacrifice. For the most part they were initiated by men who had had some concrete link with the left prior to their entrance into the military.

The first major public act of resistance was the refusal, in June of 1966, of three privates from Fort Hood, Texas to ship out to Vietnam. The three men, David Samas, James Johnson, and Dennis Mora, had just completed training and were on leave before their scheduled departure for the war zone. The case received wide publicity, but the men were each eventually sentenced to three years at hard labour.

There followed a series of other individual acts of resistance. Ronald Lockman, a black GI refused orders to Vietnam with the slogan, "I follow the Fort Hood Three. Who will follow me?" Capt. Howard Levy refused to teach medicine to the Green Berets, and Capt. Dale Noyd refused to give flying instructions to prospective bombing pilots. These acts were mostly carried out by existing left-wingers, and were consciously geared toward political resistance. However there was also in this period the beginning of an ethical and/or religious resistance. The first clear incident occurred at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where in April of 1967 five GIs staged a pray-in for peace on base. Two of these GIs refused a direct order to cease praying and were subsequently court-marshalled.

The majority of these early instances of resistance were actually simply acts of refusal; refusal to go to Vietnam, to carry out training, to obey orders. They were important in that they helped to directly confront the intense fear which all GIs feel; they helped to shake up the general milieu of passivity. But the military was quite willing to deal with the small number of GIs who might put their heads on the chopping block; to really affect the military machine would require a more general rebellion.
PFC Dick Towner

Auburn, WA

#5 Dec 13, 2014
Ron wrote:
<quoted text> Loved it! This sounds like something our Top,(Clifton MacAllister) would say.
Also sounds like something our Field First Sargent Greathouse would say. Anyone have any memories of their experience at Fort Hood during the period October 1966 to October 1967? 2ND Armored Div Co B Inf Mech.

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