Today in 1966: The first GIs—known as the Fort Hood Three, U.S. Army Privates James Johnson, Dennis Mora and David Samas—refuse to be sent to Vietnam. All were members of the 142nd Signal Battalion, 2nd Armored Division stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.
The three were from working-class families, and had denounced the war as, quote “immoral, illegal and unjust.”
They were arrested, court-martialed and imprisoned. The Pentagon reported over five hundred thousand “incidents of desertion” between 1966 and 1971.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, Natty Nation performs at the NESCO Summer Concert Series. All are welcome to enjoy free, live music. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Transportation is available for senior adults in the north-eastside of Madison; call 243-5252 to arrange a ride or for more info. This is at 6pm at the Warner Park Shelter, 2930 North Sherman Avenue.
Tonight is a 2015 Madison Budget Conversation. This public meeting will be an opportunity to have an in-depth discussion with the community and city officials on ideas generated from the Healthy and Safe Community campaign.Visit the Budget website at cityofmadison.com/budget to learn more about the City budget, and to get involved in the online community conversation. This is at 7pm at the Central Library, 201 West Mifflin. For more info, call 608-266-4611.
A job search support group meets Mondays from 7 to 9pm at Michelangelos, 114 State Street. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.