Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 30, No. 53, Ed. 1 Friday, February 25, 1972 Page: 1 of 28
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VOL. 30 NO. 53
RESPECT FOR THE LAW—Spec.
5 Gary L. Brown of Hq. & Hq. Co. 2nd
Bde. 1st Cav. Div. Receives the Re
spect for Law Gold Medallion Award
from Don Hand governor of the south
central district of the Optimist Inter
February is Military Voter Registration Month.
Soldiers expecting to vote absentee in the 1972
elections should sign up now.
Although voting laws vary from state to state in
most cases registration and absentee ballots may be
obtained by submitting the Federal Post Card Ap
plication for Absentee Ballot (FPCA).
Even if it doesn't apply in your home state it
serves as a request for that state's forms which can
be filled out and returned to obtain registration.
The DOD has directed the Services to issue FPCAs
directly to all eligible personnel for General Elec
tions taking place at two-year intervals. If you
haven't received a card yet contact your Voting As
sistance Officer (VAO) or Voting Counselor (VC).
VAOs have been appointed down to and including
battalion level VCs below battalion level through
out Fifth Army.
As the involvement in Vietnam draws to a close
an emotionally packed question remains unanswered.
What is the fate of t'he thousands of draft
dodgers Who fled the country to avoid military ser
vice and the 30000 men who deserted the armed
forces to avoid duty in Vietnam?
Should they be granted amnesty or should they
live the rest of their lives in exile subject to prose
cution if they return to the United States?
This question has been avoided until recently
by even the most staunch opponents of the war. Now
with an end to the war in sight—and plans for an
all volunteer Army—the question in rising to the
The question may turn out to be one of the
most emotional issues in this presidential election
year. Groups have been formed across the country
to put pressure on Congress and the administration
to grant amnesty.
Views of Ft. Hood soldiers on amnesty are ex
pressed this week in Speaking Out page 4.
In the Jan. 10 issue of Time magazine Charles
Porter former Congressman from Oregon and the
head of the National Committee for Amnesty Now
said "If a candidate expects to have young people
going from door to door in his behalf held bet
ter get right on amnesty."
A Republican Senator Robert Taft Jr. has in
troduced a bill in the Senate that if enacted would
grant amnesty to draft evaders if they agree to per
form three years of military or federal sevice. Sup
national. Brown received the award
from the Temple chapter of Optimist
International for his part in the ap
prehension of burglars. in Temple last
December. (U.S. Army Photo By Jesse
porting similar legislation are Senator George Mc-
Govern of South Dakota and Mayor John Lindsey
of New York. Like Taft they would extend amnesty
to draft resistors but not deserters and they would
also require some form of national service. The dif
ference being that instead of requiring three years
of service they would require only two.
Oh the other hand. President Nixon said he
would be very liberal with regard to amnesty but
not while Americans are still fighting in Vietnam
and not while the enemy stll holds U.S. POW's.
Putting politics aside consider the moral is
sue—is it justified under the circumstances?
Amnesty comes from the Greek word amnestia-
meaning forgetfulness. The first recorded use of
amnesty occurred in 403 B.C. when-the people of
Athens extended it to those who had collaborated
with Spartan conquerors during the Peloponessian
Even the United States has precedent for grant
ing it. George Washington granted it to those who
had participated in the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794.
Abraham Lincoln did the same during and after the
Civil War. Our most recent precedent was after
World War when President Truman established
a three man amnesty board to review the cases of
15000 men who had refused to fight. Far from
lenient the board pardoned only 1500 men mainly
on religious grounds. Intellectual political or socio
logical convictions were not considered.'
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On Dec. 7 1971 the H.E.B. Grocery
in Temple was robbed by a man who
escaped in a car with four accomplices.
Spec. 5 Gary L. Brown of Hq. & Hq.
Co. 2nd Bde. 1st Cav. Div. and his
wife Mary were driving by the store
when the manager rushed out and
asked them to follow the getaway car.
They chased the culprits out to Inter
state Highway 35 where the suspects
suddenly ditched their car and fled on
foot. Brown and his wife returned to
get the store manager who they had
left to call the police.
The Temple Police Department
from information furnished by the trio
was aible to issue warrants for the ar
rest of the five crooks. Nearly a thou
sand dollars was stolen from the gro
In honoring Brown for his unselfish
action the. Temple Optimist Club
awarded him the Respect for Law
Gold Medallion in ceremonies last
Monday evening. This award is present
ed only upon approval by the national
Don Crow vice president of the
Temple Optimist Club commented "In
these times when people refuse to get
involved—and with the many problems
we are experiencing each day with the
disregard for the lives of our police
men—the Temple Optimist Club is very
honored to show our appreciation to
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Justice: Military vs.Civilian
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FORT HOOD TEXAS FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25 1972 28 Pages —2 Sections
ON THE WAY DOWN—In bout six of the Fifth
Army Boxing Championships at Ft. Hood Leroy
Veasley lands a punch which sent his opponent Paul
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Villanueva to the mat. See details in Sports page 18.
(U.S. Army Photo By Tom Lehman)
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