1968 San Francisco, Two Vietnam War Protests

 GI’s Take the Lead in 1968

Harvey photographed two marches to end the war in Vietnam in 1968 in San Francisco.  Photos are presented in two galleries below. The first gallery presents photos from the  April 27, 1968 march to end the war. It was led by GIs for Peace and had many other groups represented. The second is from the October 12, 1968 organized and led by GI’s For Peace.

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On October 12, 1968, GI’s for Peace organized and led another march to end the war in Vietnam. Harvey photographed this march led by active duty soldiers in uniform in full defiance of U.S. Army orders not to do that.  See my blog post video about this march.  The march reflected the increased numbers of soldiers rebelling against the war. During 1968, there were 155,536 individuals who were Away Without Leave (AWOL) from the  U.S. Army (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidio_mutiny).  Of those 53,357 were designated desertions.  On October 14, 1968, two days after the march, 27 prisoners in the Presidio brig staged a sit down protest over conditions there.  Newspaper headlines read “Mutiny in the Presidio”.  The sit down protesters sang “We Shall Overcome” and were charged with desertion with a possible death penalty.  One of the Presidio 27 remembered the events here.   Photographs from that march are in the gallery below.


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