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USS Hancock Resistance

Half of the junior officers aboard the USS Hancock signed a petition opposing the Vietnam war. The action was considered unprecedented in U.S. naval history.

The petition was signed by nineteen non-aviation officers and addressed to their commanding officer. The document read;

'We, the undersigned, are concerned over the prolongation of the Vietnam war and its effects upon our country and the country of the Vietnamese people. We feel that a military solution is not feasible, and that continued military action will result in unnecessary suffering and loss of life.

"Most of us have been concerned over the war for many months... We wish to avoid hypocrisy and this statement is an attempt to advise the command of our feelings, to open channels of communication between us and those of differing views.

"We do not counsel libel, sedition or mutinous action. We intend no further action as a group. We only wish to express our objection to the Vietnam war, and record our fervent hope that it may soon end."

 

 

 

 

A Four Year Bummer, vol. 2, no. 6

 

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