« Last post by John Harrington on April 14, 2015, 04:14:44 PM »
Re: Coming home. My experience was more like Willi Pete's. I came back from Thailand in late August 68. We were not warned to expect any hostilities from the public. Arrived at Travis late afternoon, early evening. Checked commercial flights from San Fran to New York, to get back home to Connecticut. Nothing till the morning, so tried to get a room at Travis BOQ, but they were only letting those on way to SEA stay there. So got a room off base and got up early to catch flight to NY. I wore my 1505's for all my travel, through San Fran, on the plane, arriving at JFK. Spent about two weeks visiting friends back home and then drove to Shepherd AFB in Wichita Falls for Titan II missile training. Never had any incidents. In fact most people were friendly and curious about where I was coming from and where I was going. Certainly talked with a lot of people who didn't like the war, but never met any hostility. It was also the time of the raucous Democratic convention in Chicago, so it certainly was an issue. Frankly, for the rest of my more than two years of active duty, at Davis-Monthan in Tucson, I can't say I had any ugly incidents. And I took a number of grad courses in Oriental Studies at University of Arizona.