By Robert Mason
A gorgeous ebook in regards to the correct stuff within the flawed warfare. As a baby, Robert Mason dreamed of levitating. As a tender guy, he dreamed of flying helicopters - and the U.S. military gave him his likelihood. They despatched him to Vietnam the place, among August 1965 and July 1966, he flew greater than 1,000 attack missions. In Chickenhawk, Robert Mason supplies us a devastating bird's eye-view of that warfare in all its horror, as he reports the accelerating terror, the more and more determined braveness of a guy 'acting out the position of a hero lengthy after he realises that the behavior of the conflict is insane,' says the hot York instances, 'And we can't cease ourselves from settling on with it.'
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Kays, Fairfield, Illinois, High School senior year photo, 1967. Courtesy Randy Reed. as “Come Together,” originally released by Jefferson Airplane and later by the Youngbloods, called for a new level of peace and harmony among diverse groups. As Vietnam grew more intense, antiwar songs increased. ” These tunes and others underscored the turbulent times which surrounded Ken Kays and no doubt influenced his beliefs about his world and his place in it. By the mid sixties, town leaders and concerned citizens began to take actions to prevent improper music from influencing the young people of the Fairfield area.
The editor of Teen magazine claimed, “We have . . ”14 In a later issue that year, Newsweek noted, “The use of drugs—from chalky white diet pills that give Dexedrine highs to red, yellow, and blue LSD capsules—has spread throughout the youth population. ”15 Counterculture critics and conservatives also grew alarmed about the growing lack of moral centeredness which appeared to be sweeping the nation. Another special report in Newsweek lamented, “The old taboos are dead or dying. A new, more permissive society is taking shape.
So incendiary have feelings become that close-knit families have had to agree to disagree about Vietnam at the table. Ministers have become alienated from their flocks, parents from their children, teachers from their students and from each other, blacks from whites, hawks from doves. . ”14 In the late fall of 1967, Ken Kays’ parents, along with other parents who had sons and daughters attending school at Carbondale, received an unusual letter from President Morris. In part, the letter declared, “This is a period of unusual tension and stress in American life.