Prof tells it like it was
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class down and tell them only sound political science answers would be accepted on the test, anything else and they'd fail. The students belonged to
a Black Militant group, and they would often blame
all societies ills on the racist white supremacy
attitude that prevailed at the time.
Students, although concerned with
civil rights, were more concerned about
Returning vets found a different
America. Home towns, friends and
neighbors felt differently about them,
especially after having seen the killing
Carp remembers how you could tell
the vets from the average students, "some had nervous problems,
others were physically handicapped."
The Invisible Soldiers, from an invisible
war," were even more recognizable
than that. They were the ones that did not have
that "glint" of life in their eyes, or the spring of
youth in their step."
"I remember it was December the 23rd," said
Carp, "and I was on my way out for Christmas
break when the phone rang before I could get out of
the office. Not wanting to answer it, I picked it up
and the frantic voice on the other end of the line
was one of my male students I'd given an incomplete to. He said he was going to be reclasified as A-
1 and drafted because of the incomplete. He was
scared, and with good reason, he could be shipped
to Viet Nam. We resolved his problem and he retained his college deferment, but he almost went."
Carp points out that not many were as
lucky as this one student.
These were not easy times for anyone.
Everyone had a battle to fight even if
you didn't want to, which many didn't.
Today we have no war, no real causes
and no real reason to get involved in the
areas of the world that do not affect us
directly. Most people on campus today
do not remember the pain and agony of
the 60's and 70's. But, with several of
that era's music groups experiencing a
revival of sorts, and movies, and TV
bringing that time to life again, we
might be able to heal some of those
wounds. We as a nation are survivors, and as survivors we owe it to ourselves to prevent war, of any
form, from scaring us or our world again. ► Mike
Price, A Veteran of The Vietnam Conflict
Prof. Carp — 1989
*Tm shipping out this weekend
for Viet Nam, I got my orders last
"Where is this place? I've never
heard of it!**
"It's in Southeast Asia, next to
China. Mom I've only got a year
tour, then I can come hornet**
"Isn't that the same thing little
Tommy Crammer told his mom before he left? And look what happened to him!**
"Yea, but don't worry, Mom, the
Sarge said I'm strong and young.
Says I'm too tough to be killed. 1*11
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