Armor in Vietnam, A Pictorial History by Jim Mesko

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Fell away,” Urgo explained. “Now it’s Hubbard who’s beginning to show up more, Scott Moore begins to show up more, and me. ”35 40 | To Redeem the Promise Lost The spring thaw brought an increase in VVAW activism. VVAWers addressed crowds at antiwar protests, staffed literature tables at universities, participated in teach-ins, and searched for potential members. Veterans’ Administration hospitals proved fertile recruiting grounds. As Life magazine noted: The VA hospital system . . is disgracefully understaffed, with standards far below those of an average community hospital.

McKusker and Hanh walked up and down the airport concourse several times while plows attempted to clear the runway. McKusker revealed the troubling things he had witnessed in Vietnam, while the Buddhist, dressed in a saffron robe and McKusker’s jacket, listened intently. “I liked him instantly. He was the only priest I’ve ever confessed my war sins to,” McKusker said. 75 McKusker was already on thin ice back at the AP bureau, where nervous editors felt he devoted too much attention to the antiwar movement.

60 After seeing the VVAW ad, Crandell took action. “I wrote in and another guy from the . . midwest wrote in,” he later remembered, “and we were the two members of the entire midwest VVAW. The ‘coordinators for the midwest’ was the title. ” Membership 20 | The Highest Form of Patriotism lists grew slowly. ”61 Crandell and other early VVAW members tended to be moderate politically, and most felt ambivalent about the antiwar movement, particularly with regard to the younger militants. “I don’t want radical change,” declared Dave Braum, an ex-helicopter crew chief who became VVAW’s treasurer in 1967 and appeared on the David Susskind Show with Carl Rogers.

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