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GIs At Fort Riley Rebel Again
GIs imprisoned in the Fort Riley stockade have again rebelled. An earlier outbreak occurred on June 22.
On Monday, July 21 there was a work call despite the fact that it was supposed to be a national holiday. (That was the day the three officers landed on the moon.)
Two barracks refused to go out on a work order. Colonel Randall from the provost marshal's office ordered the prisoners to go out, but they all refused.
All that day there were rumors that there was going to be a big party that night. When the lights went out, the hooting and hollering began. GIs emptied out of the barracks, setting fire to Dempsey Dumpstera and attempting to set fire to one of the guard towers. A fire truck came. First it put out the fires, then turned hoses on the men.
The guys broke into the mess hall and helped themselves to the food. When a major tried to cool it, telling the men, "I fought for you in World War II," they pelted him with eggs.
The men broke down the fences between the barracks and the compound. Prisoners in all blocks tried to escape. The guards locked themselves up in Area 9.
As of Tuesday, July 22., segregation is filled up as is maximum security. One man has allegedly been charged with inciting to riot. Post commander General Boatwright was down Tuesday to check out the scene. A smaller outbreak occurred Tuesday night.
About 200 prisoners took part in Monday's eruption. It lasted about three hours.
The Bond, vol. 3, no. 8