E10: The GI resistance in Vietnam, part 1

E10: The GI resistance in Vietnam, part 1

During the later years of the Vietnam war, a little-known but powerful rebellion developed within the ranks of the US forces. In this two-part episode, we talk about the GI resistance to the war with Jerry Lembcke, a Vietnam army veteran, now sociologist and author, and Bart, a navy veteran about their experiences.

This article gives a good general overview of the GI resistance movement:
Listen to part 2 here:
This is our short video history of the movement:
This is our GI resistance merchandise in our online store:

You can get Jerry Lembcke’s books here:


– Vietnam: the collapse of the armed forces by Marine Colonel Robert D Heinl Jr:
– USS Constellation mutiny: more information about that in this article
– USS Columbia Eagle mutiny:
– The class war at home: check out our episode 8 for more about class struggle in the US at the time:
– This is a workers’ whistleblowing guide:
– This is a workers’ working to rule guide:
– This personal account of the movement has info about “search and avoid”:
– The Bravo Company mutiny:
– The Presidio mutiny:


– This is a short history of the war by Howard Zinn:
– GI resistance photo gallery:
– Check out the excellent documentary, Sir, No Sir!:


– This episode was edited by Stephanie Hydal:
Music and sound effects used are as follows:
– “Ain’t Going to Study War no more” by Leon Lishner and Friends – licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike License.
– Coming Home by Stefano Vita is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License –
– All I Survey by Robert Warrington (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Noncommercial Sampling Plus license – Creative Commons Non Commercial sampling Plus 1.0 –
– Sabotage by Dead Moon – licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License
– I look for Peace by Kathy Lowe –
– When the ants go marching (Partial) by Howie Mitchell licensed under Creative Commons
– Black Magik Tyrannosaurus Dracula is licensed under a Attribution NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0
– Flare: jameswrowles – – Creative Commons 3.0
– Humming and Strumming by Andy G. Cohen is licensed under a Attribution License –
– Cultural birth,death ceremony(deff, dumb, n dope . . .) by greyguy (c) copyright 2010 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license – Ft: Clarence Simpson
– We will not be shipwrecked By Robert Farmer –
licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.
– Small by Town Hall –, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. Based on a work at


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