It was on this day in 1971 that 29 U.S. soldiers from Fort Bragg, NC, placed a controversial advertisement in an antiwar newspaper. The soldiers supported the Concerned Officers Movement, formed in 1970 in Washington, D.C., originally only a small group of junior naval officers opposed to the Vietnam War. The newspaper advertisement at Fort Bragg was in support of group members and antiwar activist David Harris, along with others in San Diego that had opposed the departure of the carrier USS Constellation for Vietnam. There was no official action taken against the soldiers at Fort Bragg, and the aircraft carrier sailed on schedule from San Diego.
For a closer look at the war that was opposed by so many, visit the Upcountry History Museum beginning June 16, 2018, as we display, “Picturing Nam: US Military Photography of the Vietnam War.” The exhibition is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and will be on display through October 21, 2018. For sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to our Director of Development (Megan Zapf) at (864)467-3100.
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