A couple of random final thoughts re this thread that took on a decidedly bitter tone overnight:
> In basic training for this lad, in bitterly cold Fort Dix NJ, we were almost exclusively RA's and US's. No NG's. That was in Nov & Dec, 1968. Did I mention it was bitterly cold?
> AIT was in Fort Leonard Wood MO (aka Fort Lost in the Woods) from mid-Jan to mid-March, 1969. Perhaps 50% of us were RA/US and 50% NG. The latter knew that they would not be going to VN. The former, for the most part, were hoping for Germany but expecting VN. The NG's kept their mouths shut.
> NG's in my mind are Weekend Warriors who probably should never be armed.
> One of those interviewed re Kent State was the student walking by who became paralyzed. He described the large amount of hate mail and death threats he received while in the hospital.
> Just before Christmas of 1969, our local newspaper published a full page thing under a banner "Support Our Troops" with the names and VN mailing addresses of men and women serving there. I got about 40 cards, about 25% wanted to know how many babies I had killed. The publisher of the paper later told me the printing of that was the most stupid thing he did in his long career.