The Fort Hood 43

Gardner, Fred
Date Written:  2017-01-31
Publisher:  Counterpunch
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20305

A history of the 43 infantrymen who refused to be deployed against protestors at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.



The refusal of 43 soldiers, many of whom had already done tours in Vietnam, to board a plane that would bring them to Chicago for riot-control duty was arguably the largest visible act of dissent ever carried out by US GIs; but nobody covered the ensuing court-martials. The Army lawyers played it smart when it came to filing charges, seeking punishment sufficient to ruin a man’s ability to make a living but not so drastic as to make his court martial newsworthy.

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